encouraging the enjoyment of mediaeval, renaissance and baroque music

Early Music Society of Victoria, (Australia)

The Early Music Society of Victoria (Australia) encourages the enjoyment of mediaeval, renaissance and baroque music.

It runs events such as players' and singers' afternoons, and public concerts.  New members and visitors are most welcome at all activities.


To join the EMSV see the JOIN section for the application form. Annual subscription $10 per email address.

EMSV Members receive "What's On in early music" emails every 2 or 3 weeks and may view the latest version on this website in the Members' section.


                                                                       RIP Martin Paul Maloney (1935 – 2019)

Funeral Mass for Paul will be offered at St Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 33 Howard Street, West Melbourne
on Tuesday, 5th March, 2019 at 10.30 a.m.
A Private Cremation to follow.   No Flowers by request.


It is with sadness that I notify members of the EMSV that Paul Maloney passed away on Tuesday 26th February.

Paul was a harpsichordist and dedicated early musician with a deep knowledge of musical production of the renaissance and early baroque periods.He was a member of The Early Music Society of Victoria.

For many years I enjoyed playing in an early music group, Ensemble Martedi which was founded by recorder player Peter Brereton, with Paul playing the harpsichord, realising the continuo parts from figured bass for both cantatas and instrumental sonatas.
The group disbanded in late 2016 when Paul said he could no longer play due to failing health.

In 2016 with help from Professor John Griffiths, Paul published a book Tempo, Gratia e Misura – A Study of Fabrizio Caroso’s Nobiltà di Dame, 1600. It was published by Music Archive of Monash and was based on his 1986 Monash Master of Arts thesis. It is available on the web for free.

Paul will be missed by all his early music friends.

Lyn Hawkins



EMSV MEETING - Sunday 7th April, 2019

2.30 - 5.30 pm


At St Paul’s Anglican Church, corner of Margaret & Church Sts Canterbury.


General playing/singing - music will be supplied. A renaissance / early baroque musical afternoon of choral / instrumental works.


Singers / instrumentalists can participate in the group playing, but instruments must be of authentic style for the period. All vocal lines will be doubled by instruments.


Pieces to be played:    Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas choruses nos 5, 9, 12, 15, 17, 19, 24b, 27, 33, 21, 39;

Marenzio - Exurgat Deus a8 (email emsvofvic@gmail.com if you want a pdf score as the barring is different from the CPDL version);

Byrd - This Sweet & Merry Month;       Schein - Laetatus Sum a8;

Lobo - Versa est in Luctum a6;              Praetorius - Magnificat Super chorale a8


Pitch for the afternoon A440. Up to 4 groups or individuals may perform a short (<5min) item (the harpsichord is transposing A415/440). Send an email to the EMSV committee on emvofvic@gmail.com if you wish to perform. First in best dressed.

Enquiries Dylan Quinlan-Baskett 0490371924, or email Dylan or Lyn on emsvofvic@gmail.com


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