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(in order of admission to the Guild; an asterisk (*) denotes an apprentice, or conditional, member)

Miguel Robaina

Tyresö, Sweden

Largely self-taught as a composer, studying the works of Lully and writing in the 17th century French style since the mid-1980s, Miguel is the founder of Baroque ensembles Baroque Compagniet and  Les Musiciens l´îlot Royal which, in addition to the standard repertoire, regularly feature live performances of his original music. Miguel also oversees publication of the Scharffeneck Collection, an assemblage of contemporary music convincingly written in ancient idioms by a variety of composers. He is a versatile artist well-known for his role as keyboardist for Memento Mori, a popular Swedish heavy metal band that made several MTV appearances during the 1990s. Today, Miguel serves as a church music director in Skarpnäck, Sweden.

Download sample works: Trio Sonata in d minor (2001) - II. Fugato

Suite in d minor (2003 live performance by Les Musiciens de l´îlot Royal) I. Intrada  II. Allemanda  III. Sarabanda IV. Giga

Download music score: Trio Sonata in d minor

David Jansson

Uppsala, Sweden

David studied counterpoint and 17th century composition at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Stockholm, and also holds a Master's degree in Baroque violin practicum from the same institution. Currently, he is involved in the digitisation of a collection of 17th century European manuscripts--including those of Dietrich Buxtehude--assembled by Gustaf Düben, kapellmeister to the royal Swedish court through the 1690s. His own original work is based on the German traditions of the 17th century. 

Download music score: Sinfonia Morgana à 6 Violes

Glen Shannon

El Cerrito, California

United States

Having taken a particular liking to the organ works of J. S. Bach, at the age of twelve, Glen attempted writing music in the style of the great master. He spent his teenage years studying Bach's music and some theory courses during his undergraduate term at Cornell University helped fortify his musical fluency. In 1997, his d minor Prelude and Fugue, for SSATB recorder consort, won first prize in the biennial composition competition sponsored by the Chicago chapter of the American Recorder Society.

He publishes his own music, most of it featuring the recorder, under the label Screaming Mary Music. The website describes his music as being "contemporary...with a Baroque flavour", but the music is solidly Baroque, with just enough of a contemporary twist to make it interesting--without compromising its Baroque foundation.

Glen is also involved with the East Bay Recorder Society, presiding over it for three years and now arranging workshops and publicity. He works at a graphics company in San Francisco.

Download sample works: Prelude and Fugue #2    Trio Sonata - I. Adagio  II. Allegro  III. Andante  IV. Allegro  

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Roberto Bancalari

Long Beach, California

United States

Roberto Jose Bancalari is a self-taught composer. At the age of 14, he was playing viola for the Burbank Philharmonic. After studying the tunings of most string and wind instruments, Roberto would be hired to write arrangements for local bands. Since then, Roberto has made a living as a performing and recording artist, but throughout continued to write original compositions in his favorite genre of music: Baroque. Roberto's approach to composing is simple and instinctive: a melody will arrive in his head and he will then transfer it to his laptop and build upon it. Though a fan of all 17th and 18th century music, colleagues of Roberto have compared his music to German writers of that era. He is also well-regarded as a proficient contrapuntalist, a skill that is almost intuitive to Roberto. He is currently working on a score for a short film and hopes to some day hear his works performed by an early music group. .

Download sample works: Concerto I, in F Major - I. Air  II. Allegro  III. Bourree  IV. Fuga  V. Gigue

Download music scores: Concerto I, in F Major

Hendrik Bouman

Montreal, Quebec

Canada

An alumnus of Amsterdam's Sweelinck Conservatory, Hendrik served as harpsichordist for Musica Antiqua Köln from 1976 to 1983, with whom he toured and recorded extensively. He was formerly professor of harpsichord at Concordia University and Quebec's Universite Laval and, in addition to forming the period orchestra Les Nations de Montreal, has directed and performed with numerous groups.

In 1993, Hendrik began writing new music in the old style, for him a natural development of the ongoing revival of the performance of Baroque music. This music was first debuted in South Africa in 1994 and, since that time, Hendrik has written over 75 complete works, some of which have been broadcast by CBC, Radio France, and Radio Canada, as well as having been performed live by prominent soloists and his own Concerto Felice ensemble.

Download sample works: Ouverture et Suite pour l'Orchestre en Re Majeur - IV. Rejouissance

Download music scores: Toccata in D Major  Fugue in D Major

Matthias Maute

Montreal, Quebec

Canada

Maute was born in Ebingen, Germany and studied at Freiburg and Utrecht with Baldrick Deerenberg and Marion Verbruggen. In 1990, he won first prize in the soloist category of the Musica Antiqua Competition in Bruges, Belgium. He subsequently won the Dutch Impressariat Chamber Music Competition.

He has played with several chamber music groups, including REBEL Baroque Orchestra, and has made a number of recordings. He is the artistic director of Ensemble Caprice, which includes his wife and duo partner Sophie Lariviere who plays the recorder and flauto traverso.

As a composer, Matthias Maute's compositions hold an important place in the world of contemporary recorder music. He is a professor at McGill University in Montreal.

Download sample works: Fantasie V

Download music scores: Fantasie V 

Fernando de Luca

Rome, Italy

Fernando De Luca was born in Rome in 1961. He started to compose in the baroque idiom at 9 or before. At 14, he joined the Conservatory of Rome “Santa Cecilia” to study Organ and Piano, although his true passion was the Harpsichord. Among the many musical experiences De Luca had during his early activity in Roman musical life, one of the most important was his apprenticeship with Mons. Domenico Bartolucci who was Maestro di Cappella (Kapell Meister / Chapel’s Master) for the Cappella Sistina in the Vatican. Here Fernando approached the study of Sacred Music, counterpoint and learnt the art of improvisation and composition. He graduated in 1987 (Piano, with V. De Vita) and 1992 (Harpsichord, with P. Bernardi) and in the same years, was a prizewinner in the AMR (Associazione Musicale Romana) and a harpsichord contest at “G.Rossini” Conservatory in Pesaro.

Currently Fernando lives in Rome, where in addition to composing, he is a member of the Period Instruments Orchestra “Accademia Barocca di Santa Cecilia” (directed by Paolo Pollastri), where he is the basso continuo player. He teaches “Harpsichord and ancient Keyboards” in the Conservatory “G.P. da Palestrina” in Cagliari.

Download sample works: Sinfonia #10 in g minor - I. Grave - Presto   II. Siciliana  III. Vivace

Sonata II in g-minor "Acis Galatea e Polifemo" from the Six Sonatas "L'Arcadia in Gianicolo" (1997) -
1. L'amore di Acis e Galatea  2. Courante - La collera di Polifemo  3. Il Furor di Polifemo che schiaccia con un macigno Acis  4. Lamento di Ninfe e Pastori  5. Acis si trasforma in fiume e sfocia nel mare accolto da Galatea  6. Polifemo al fin si rassegna alla solitudine

Download music score:   Sinfonia #10 in g minor

J. Lee Graham

Los Angeles, California

United States

Born near Los Angeles, California, J. Lee Graham began composing at the age of 9. Almost entirely self-taught as a composer, he wrote new music in 18th Century idioms from the beginning and has continued to do so almost exclusively for over 30 years. Graham considers himself first a Classical Revivalist, with Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, the Mannheim Symphonists, and recently Muzio Clementi and Anton Reicha as influences; but he also composes in Baroque and Rococo styles, influenced by Bach, Handel, Telemann, and the counterpoint pedagogy of Fux. For several years, Graham was active in online forums encouraging and mentoring young composers, particularly those writing in historic styles. He lives in suburban Los Angeles, active as a professional choral singer and violist. At home, in addition to composing, he enjoys playing the piano, fortepiano and harpsichord."

Download sample works:  1) Trio Sonata in A minor 1. Andante         2)  Fugue Lesson for Young Composers

Download music score:   1) Trio Sonata in A minor 1. Andante           2) Fugue Lesson for Young Composers

Gianluca Bersanetti

Los Angeles, California

United States

Gianluca Bersanetti was born in Rome, Italy. Although his major at university was literature, he developed a passion for music and particularly the works of J. S. Bach. Gianluca came to Los Angeles in the late1980's and took as many college music courses as he could afford to deepen his erudition. In addition he set himself to learn as much as possible on the mechanisms of Baroque music, with an emphasis on counterpoint, by studying classic treatises of the late Renaissance and Baroque such as Zarlino's "Istitutioni harmoniche", Fux's "Gradus ad Parnassum", Martini's "Esemplare" and Marpurg's "Abhandlung von der Fuge"; also furthering his knowledge with more modern counterpoint texts . After listening, playing and analyzing countless scores by Bach, Haendel, Vivaldi, Corelli, Scarlatti, Caldara, Couperin and many others, Gianluca has now composed several choral pieces, concertos and trio sonatas of his own. He specializes in early childhood education and writes music during whatever time he has left from teaching and playing with his two children.

Download sample works:  1) Laudate Dominum (PS. CXVI) a Motet for SATB chorus and baroque orchestra        
2)
Concerto a 4 Cembali (terzo movimento)         3) Sonata III in G minor        

Download music score:   1) Laudate Dominum (PS. CXVI)        2) Concerto a 4 Cembali (terzo movimento)         3) Sonata III in G minor

Jeremy L.
Thompson*

Monroe, Michigan

United States

Born in Monroe, Michigan, conditional member Jeremy L. Thompson first heard the music of J.S. Bach at eighteen years of age, and quickly developed a love for baroque music, which inspired him to try his hand at composition. Shortly after this, he studied Johann Joseph Fux's "The Study of Counterpoint - Gradus ad Parnassum." He is mostly self-taught, but over the years has been inspired by composers and musicians such as organist Lionel Rogg - Geneva, composer Richard A. Winkelmann - Venezuela, composer Andrew Baldwin - New Zealand, and composer Nicola S. Canzano - Michigan. In addition to writing music, he enjoys writing fiction novels, and is now working on a large two book novel. He currently resides in Monroe, Michigan.

       

Timothy Ariel
Walden

Jeruselam

Israel

Timothy Ariel Walden has been playing recorder since the age of 9, and has focussed almost exclusively on writing baroque music. He studied music in high school in Geneva, Switzerland and recorder at the conservatoire de musique de Geneve. He then went on to study music at Oxford University, and now has an MA. Since leaving Oxford his music has at times had to take second place to family and work. Nevertheless, he will soon be having a recorder sonata in G minor published by PRB Productions in the States.

Download sample works:  1) Fanfare for trumpets and baroque orchestra         2) Fantasia in A minor for Solo Flute or Recorder        

Download music score:   1) Fanfare for trumpets and baroque orchestra        2) Fantasia in A minor for Solo Flute or Recorder

Michael Talbot

Liverpool, England

Michael Talbot, born in 1943, is Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Liverpool, England. His main "claim to fame" is his activity as a researcher, writer and editor of music of the late Italian Baroque. He has written books on the Venetian composers Albinoni, Vivaldi and Vinaccesi and is co-editor of the yearbook Studi vivaldiani. He also has long experience of teaching university students harmony, counterpoint and fugue in "historical" styles.

Although he has dabbled in stylistic composition since teenage, it is only since 2005 that he started to write neo-Baroque (or similar) pieces in earnest and in quantity. This activity is essentially for personal and, if possible, shared enjoyment. His reason for writing in Baroque and other period styles is simply because this is a musical language in which he feels comfortable and competent and, therefore, in which he can give of his best as a composer. There is rarely an intention to imitate the manner of a single composer; most of the pieces are in a personal style that mixes elements from as far back as Buxtehude and Corelli to as far forward as Galuppi and W. F. Bach.

Download sample works: Fuga Meditativa

Download music scores: Fuga Meditativa

More of Michael Talbot's scores are available at: Flauto Dulce

Federico Maria
Sardelli

Florence, Italy

Federico Maria Sardelli is, inter alia, a conductor, musicologist, composer and recorder/flute-player. He is the founder of the Baroque orchestra
Modo Antiquo
with which he frequently gives concerts and makes recordings; he has received two nominations for a Grammy Award (1998 and 2000), and has appeared as a guest conductor with many symphony orchestras. He also has published books and articles on Vivaldi and prepares critical editions for the Istituto Italiano Antonio Vivaldi, of which he is a member. He has been composing since the age of 11 and is completely self-taught. His works in old style are predominantly Vivaldian and Venetian in their musical language, although there are also some compositions in the style of Schütz, C. P. E. Bach and other masters.

Scores and live sound samples are available here.

Simen Christian
Nilsen*

Oslo, Norway

Conditional member Simen Christian Nilsen, was born 1986 in Oslo. He began writing music at the age of 10. He has produced various music from pop to electronic music. At the age of 19 he heard Bach at a Christmas concert and from that day started to focus on composing classical and baroque music. Simen is a self-taught composer who now writes only in baroque or classical idom. He has taken music theory classes at the Norwegian Academy Of Music and works as a piano teacher, trying to get the students to focus on the baroque and classical era. His goal with the music is to compose in the Italian baroque tradition and is very inspired by the works of Vivaldi, Handel and Corelli."

Pablo Queipo
de Llano

Madrid, Spain

Pablo Queipo de Llano was born in Bilbo in 1971. He studied piano, harpsichord and organ at the Conservatory of Madrid. His interest in baroque music led him to conduct deep musicological studies of Vivaldi’s work. He is the author of numerous publications on the Vivaldi music, among which it include a monography on the Vivaldian instrumental music (El furor del Prete Rosso, 2005) and a paper at the international congress Antonio Vivaldi, Passato e Futuro. In recent years he has reconstructed several incomplete Vivaldi concerts (including the five incomplete concerts of the manuscript collection La Cetra) and has conducted several reworkings of Vivaldi’s concerts for strings. These projects have been recently performed and recorded by several orchestras. More about Pablo may be seen here. here: While Pablo Queipo de Llano finds his main source of inspiration in the mature language of Vivaldi, he doesn't renounce the influences of Corelli, Torelli and Albinoni. His works include various pieces for harpsichord and organ as well as concertos for strings and continuo.

Download sample works: I. Fuga III  II. Concerto II per Archi e Basso Continuo (first movement)

Download music scores: 1) Fugue III  2) Concerto II per Archi e Basso Continuo (first movement) 

Jacek Salamon

Poland

The creator of Polish System for Archivising Music, Jacek Salamon, graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University in Pozna? where he completed a MA degree in computer science (MA thesis: Analysis of Sound of Viola da Gamba and Human Voice and an Attempt of Comparison of Their Timbres Using Various Techniques of Digital Signal Analysis) and a bachelor degree in musicology (BA thesis: Continuity and Transitions in European Music Theory Illustrated by the Example of 3rd part of Zarlino's Institutioni Harmoniche and Bernhard's Tractatus Compositionis Augmentatus). He also graduated from a solo singing class in Fryderyk Chopin Musical School in Pozna. Jacek is a self-taught composer with a unique interest in setting texts from the 17th century.

Download music scores: 1) First was the World as One Great Cymbal Made   2) Fresco: ombroso, fiorito 

Jocelyn Godwin

Hamilton, New York

Joscelyn Godwin is Professor of Music at Colgate University (Hamilton, New York), where he teaches Music History. He was a keen modernist composer during his student years at Cambridge and Cornell Universities (1962-69), then turned to other creative media. Inspired by the Vox Saeculorum principles, he has returned to composition, writing harpsichord music in French style and filling gaps in the repertory of other instruments.

Download music scores: 1)  

Thomas Matyas

Buffalo, New York

A native of Buffalo, New York, Thomas is a mostly self-taught composer. His interest in music was sparked when a college friend lent him a recording of Mozart's Requiem. He found the many fugues and contrapuntal passages in that work especially fascinating, and they inspired his ongoing study of counterpoint. He now composes exclusively in the Baroque style, for keyboards and small ensembles.

Download sample works: 1) Invention in A minor 2) Allemenade and Gigue in E minor

Download music scores: 1) Invention in A minor  2) Allemande and Gigue in E minor