Research & Writing

We explore the musical lives of known viol players in colonial MA, from amateur players, reverends, and teachers to women unnamed in historical records.

In the “Old Kitchen” of the Quincy Homestead, still preserved from its original 1680’s construction, we explore at-home music making in colonial Massachusetts through a historic lens.

We celebrate the talents and accomplishments of Tarqunia Molza (1542-1617), the virtuosic soprano, viol player, and highly paid employee at the Este Court in Ferrara, who was known for her unrivaled ability to accompany her own singing on the viol.

We hope you’ll help us keep Molza’s legacy alive by exploring our new catalogue of such madrigals, complete with basic information, where to locate each piece, and a few English translations.

We celebrate the talents and accomplishments of Tarqunia Molza (1542-1617), the virtuosic soprano, viol player, and highly paid employee at the Este Court in Ferrara, who was known for her unrivaled ability to accompany her own singing on the viol.

We celebrate the talents and accomplishments of Tarqunia Molza (1542-1617), the virtuosic soprano, viol player, and highly paid employee at the Este Court in Ferrara, who was known for her unrivaled ability to accompany her own singing on the viol.