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Music Monday on Monday: John Cooper

I don’t know if any of y’all Gentle Readers are interested in Early Music, but I’ve just come across a disc of John Cooper’s Consort Music (actually Consort Musicke, published by Astrée NaÏve, with Jordi Savall, Christophe Coin, and Sergi Casademunt doing the viol work) that absolutely knocked me out. Well, I may have come across the fellow before under a different name, he seems to have had a few. He started out as John Cooper or possibly Cowper, and at some point became Giovanni Coperario. Or Coprario. Or John Coprario. All the same guy.

And magnificent stuff. Very Marin Marais, if you know what I mean. And if you don’t, this is probably not the stuff you’re looking for. But if you have found yourself at some point thinking what about some music that is like Marais, but with a little more back-and-forth between the viols, I would advise finding this album.

And, even better, it seems to pacify Il Ragazzo Furioso, aka The Youngest Member. I’m not sure how or why; I can’t imagine his breath is taken away by the dizzying complexity of it all, but it seems to work, and it’s a hell of a lot better than Raffi.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,

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