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by Candlelight

PROFESSOR ERWIN BODKY spent almost twenty years in the United States, making his home in the Boston area until his death in 1958.  Thanks to the kindness of Professor Mark Lindley, who chronicled some of Bodky's earlier life in Europe in an article entitled "A Prussian in Boston," CSEM has a trove of articles and photographs from Bodky's personal history stored in a collection of files on this web site.  To peruse these, click here.

The mission of The Cambridge Society for Early Music, founded in 1952 by the noted harpsichordist and musicologist Erwin Bodky, is to entertain, enlighten, educate and, in general, promote the rich musical culture of five centuries of Western music from the Middle Ages to the early nineteenth century. Since 1980 CSEM’s Chamber Music by Candlelight concert series has brought distinguished international artists and ensembles to intimate and elegant venues in five towns around the greater Boston area. Come experience - up close! - the thrill of music from another world and time


Claude Monet - Image of Venice's
Grand Canal
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Another image of Venice's Grand Canal
by Claude Monet
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Links to music in GUT REACTION'S concert from 2012-13:

Claudio Monteverdi,
Lamento della ninfa (Madrigal, 1638)
In the concert, we will hear an instrumental version of this famous piece.  Here is a performance of the original madrigal version, sung by Emma Kirkby

Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto for Strings in E Minor, Op. 22, performed by Tafelmusi

Biagio Marini, Passacaglia, Op. 22:





Othello in the Seraglio:

The Tragedy of Sümbül

the Black Eunuch

An opera set in a 17th-century

Istanbul coffeehouse

Conceived and composed

by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol

Coffeehouse opera concept and script

by Robert Labaree

presented and produced by the ensemble


26 February - 2 March 2015

Click here for dates, times and locations.

To see a brief description of the circumstances surrounding this absorbing tale, click here.

To see the list of performers, their photos and their bios, click here

To read the prefatory notes in the program book,
click here.  The libretto, in Turkish and Italian
with English translations, can be found here. 

Information about Ali Ufki is available here.


New date for





(originally 2 February):

19 MARCH 2015, 7:30 pm

at Christ Church,

Zero Garden Street


Blue Heron & Les Delices

"A More Subtle Art"-

The 14th-Century Avant-Garde

for singers and instrumentalists

(click HERE for bios and pictures
of the performers.)

For the contents of the program book,
click HERE.




To hear and see the Toccata from
Monteverdi's L'Orfeo,


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