Dale Taylor: Style Capabilities

Baroque and Mannerist Style

Most of Dale’s life has been spent living and working in the baroque era. He is especially interested in early and middle baroque styles. He has extensive peripheral knowledge of social history and the relationships of music to the other arts, architecture, and everyday life and thought. He is the author of a social history of England’s American colonies available from Reader's Digest Press.

He is comfortable reading facsimiles of various types, within the limitations of the facsimile, and in dealing with editorial issues. He is knowledgeable about playing continuo parts on sustaining instruments, and reads figures adequately for this purpose. He has some practical experience in authentic period acoustics, and has studied how these influence the performance style of the music.

Because of his training as a musicologist and instrument builder, and his experience in living history museums of the period, he is acutely aware of the historical issues facing performance of period music in a historically informed style, and how the form of presentation affects the audience’s perceptions and understanding of these issues.

Renaissance Style

Dale has primarily worked in the baroque era, but has considerable background in Renaissance music, starting his studies under the legendary Arnold Grayson. He is comfortable with complex rhythms. He particularly enjoys Ars Nova and early Renaissance composers, the late Renaissance proportionalists, and the period’s true instrumental ensemble literature, in which he is currently spending most of his time, working on cornetto and shawm. Dale is conversant with theoretical issues relating to ficta and notation, and is comfortable reading clefs and facsimiles.

Of particular interest to him are: The manner in which mannerist style spread and was assimilated into music as well as the visual arts in the late Renaissance period; the application of the humoural theory of medicine to music; and, the mathematical and philosophical basis of music during this time period.