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Early Music Specialist Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014)


Conductor and early music specialist Christopher Hogwood died on Wednesday at the age of 73. As one of the original proponents of what came to be called “historically informed performances,” he helped reshape the way musicians around the world approach Baroque music.

After studying at Cambridge in the early 60s, Christopher Hogwood became the keyboard continuo player for the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Through that position, he began to incorporate investigations into how music was performed during the composer’s lifetime – that scholarship became a hallmark of Hogwood’s career as a performer.

When discussing the impact of artists like Christopher Hogwood, violinist Joshua Bell told WFMT, “when I was growing up, most violinists…approached Bach with a very heavy Romantic style, which was actually incredibly beautiful – and the beauty of Bach certainly showed through…but with the early music movement, things have changed. People approach Baroque music in different ways, and that’s certainly influenced me a lot.”

Christopher Hogwood co-founded the Early Music Consort of London in 1965. He founded the Academy of Ancient Music in 1973 and served as its director. In the mid-1980s, he began working with ensembles in the United States, including Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Christopher Hogwood also had an affinity for certain 20th century composers, the neo-classicists in particular, including Stravinsky, Tippett, Britten, Copland, Honegger, and Martinů.

Christopher Hogwood died at his home in Cambridge on September 24 after having been ill for several months.


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