Ensembles: The Ancient's Mariner

"At sea," says Noah Greenberg, "you have a great deal of time to think —and I thought." What he thought about during his five years as machinist-messboy with the merchant marine was forming a group of professional musicians and singers to revive the all but forgotten music composed and played during the five centuries before the birth of Bach.

The group he formed was the New York Pro Musica. In a performance last week of Elizabethan music in honor of Shakespeare's 400th birthday at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass., the six singers and four instrumentalists served eloquent notice that pre-Bach music was...

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