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Chamber Music
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:

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



CSEM's 2015-16 Season
begins on
the 15th of October!!!

Concert I: 15-19 October 2015


an ensemble of voices, strings, winds
and basso continuo, Stefan Plewniak &
David Kjar, directors, in


250 years of Polish music  (1500-1750) including sacred choral music, music and courtly instrumental music


Fifteen musicians from both sides

of the Atlantic collaborate to bring

this illuminating extravaganza

Polish musical culture to life.

To see who the players are, click here.

To see the contents of the program, click here.

For venues and locations, click here.


Some links to performances of pieces connected
with composers on this program:

Mikolaj Zieleński, Vox in Rama (1611) (click here)

G.G. Gorcsycki, Laetatus sum (click here)

Mikolaj Zieleński, "Magnificat" (click here)

Johann Joseph  Fux, Turcaria (click here)

Kara Mustafa Pasha, Turkish Grand Vizier, defeated at the siege of Vienna, 12 Sept. 1683 by an army led by the King of Poland, JanIII Sobieski.