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The Boulder Early Music Shop is your source for Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music, instruments, and accessories. We carry a full line of

  Sheet Music, Books, and Scores (over 11,000 items!),
  Instruments, Kits, and Strings (over 800 items),
  Gifts & Accessories (over 150 items).

Our store hours are:
  Monday through Friday, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm Pacific Time.
  Store visits by appointment only, since we are sometimes traveling with the Shop to workshops. Please phone or email.


There will be no one in the office on Thursdays from now until July 14, 2016. We will answer your calls and fill your orders on Fridays.

New book!
Clavichord for Beginners By Joan Benson, champion of 20th century clavichord performance. An exceptional method book for practitioners and enthusiasts. With a CD and a DVD. $40.

Gift Certificates
Do your friends love early music but you don't know what they already have in their collection? You're in luck! BEMS now offers gift certificates. You can add one to your cart under the "Gifts and Accessories/Miscellaneous Items and Gifts" section of our website, or email us for more info.

New from the Charlie Ogle Workshop
Early Renaissance style viols after Johannes Marcus, Matching Treble ($1800), Tenor ($2400) Bass ($3200). Johannes Marcus Grappello was active around 1550 in Ferrara. This places him at the epicenter of renaissance music in Italy and the birthplace of the viola da gamba consort. Few of his instruments survive, but each of them displays a style consistent with renaissance viols in iconography--a style distinct from any seventeenth-century instrument. Marcus instruments are the best surviving examples of early violas da gamba, and open many possibilities for the performance of early sixteenth-century consort music, as well as Italian solo diminutions in the 'viola bastarda' style.

7 String Bertrand Model Bass Viola da Gamba with Carved Woman’s Head. 71 cm string length. Select maple sides and back, fine spruce top. Ebony veneered fingerboard and tailpiece. Double purfling on front and back with 3 purfled ornaments on the back. Beautiful carved woman’s head with wavy tresses. Soft padded case included. $3600.00

New Gamut and Pirastro Chorda Strings!
Good news - we recently started carrying Gamut (Dan Larson) strings for viols and violin family instruments! We also have a new selection of Pirastro Chorda strings for violins, violas, and cellos. You can find these under the "Strings For Early Instruments" section, or contact us for more info!

Back In Stock!
Christopher Monk Alto Cornetto in G, of black resin covered with black leather. $525.00

New Lute Music
Arthur J. Ness, ed. The Lute Music of Francesco Canova da Milano (1497-1543). Volume I and II. Harvard Publications in Music, 3 and 4, 2011. 2 vol. set. WE27. $80.00

Diego Ortiz; Four Recercadas from Trattado de Glosas for Vihuela or Lute. M-TROrtiz $22.00

Joachim van den Hove; Delitiae musicae for Renaissance lute. Tablature and staff notation. Teil I: Praeludien und Pavnen; FH4562 $21.00; Teil II: Passamezzen mit ihren Galliarden; FH4563 $21.00; Teil III: Favoritos; Galliarden; Bergamasca; Une jeune Fillette; FH4564 $21.00; Teil IV: Allemanden; Balletti; Branden; Couranten; Chansons; Canarie; FH4565 $21.00

Masters of Polyphony, Volume one. Edited by Dick Hoban and Sean Smith. A survey of 15th Century music for Renaissance lute. 238 pieces! Lyre17 $40.00

Music for Voices
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer; Currite, Accurrite. A Christmas motet for S,A,T,B, Choir, 2 Violins, 4 Viols and Basso continuo. Parts EW325 $35.00; Score EW321 $24.00

Robert Jones; The Second Book of Songs and Airs for soprano and bass vioces, lute and lyra viol. PRBVCS80 $53.00

Joseph Bodin Boismortier; Les Quatre Saisons. 3 cantatas for Soprano, obbligato instruments and Basso continuo, and 1 cantata for Bass, obbligato instruments and Basso continuo. Facsimile score. 5764FZ $72

Henry Purcell; A Serenading Song; Soprano and Bass voices, 2 Alto Recorders, Basso continuo. Vocal scores, Full score, Parts. BCMS11 $17.00

Music for Viols
Passamezzo Method for viola da gamba Ensemble Music, Books 1 and 2 by Julie Elhard. A wide variety of ensemble pieces, available with tenor in either C (PME12-TC) or G (PME12-TG) clefs. $19.95

Martha Bishop; Serna Suite for solo viol. Prelude, Tango, Sarabande, Jigge. For solo 7 string bass viol. Originally written for Phillip Serna. WE28 $10.00

Martha Bishop; Prelude and Fugue, Trope on In Nomine, Hijaz for solo treble, tenor and bass violas da gamba; PRBCIMS34 $8.00

Sarah Mead; Fantasia Sine Nomine for 5 viols. PRBCCS80 $9.00

Lee Inman; Tres Piezas Latinas for viol quintet. PRBPTS4 $16.00

Sainte-Colombe; Concerts a deux Violes Esgales, Volume 1: Le tentre; Le retour; Tombeau Les Regrets. G242 $23.00

Roger L'Estrange; Divisions for solo bass viol. Edited by Patrice Connelly. SM97 $17.50

Louis Couperin; Music for Viols from the Bauyn Manuscript. Music for one, two and three viols. Edited by Daniel Rippe. RIP2 $22.00

The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book Selections for Tenor viol and Keyboard. Ten arrangements of well-known pieces by Byrd, Phillips, Peerson, Anon and others from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. There's a variety of playing levels, a few quite easy pieces, and some quite virtuosic ones. Perfect for performance. SM81 $28.00

Giovanni Croce; Motets for Four Voices arranged for voices, viols or recorders. Giovanni Croce (1557-1609) composed music when the Renaissance style was hovering right on the edge of the Baroque. He was maestro di capella at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, and was extremely popular in his day for his beautiful melodies and the modest technical demands of his music. TR75 $7.50

Balthasar Resinarius; Chorales for Four Voices. Arranged for voices, viols or recorders. TR82 $8.95

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck; Psalms for Four Voices. Arranged for voices, viols or recorders. Two volumes. TR83 $8.95; TR84 8.95

Mozart and Beethoven; Sonata KV292/196c and Duet WoO32 with obbligato eyeglasses. Arranged for 2 bass viols. PRBCS19 $20.00

Johann Pachelbel; Six Works: Fugues, Choral Preludes & Ricercars arranged for viol quartet. PRBVCS70 $25.00

Thomas Brewer; Six Fantasias for four viols; PRBVCS78 $30.00

Johann Jakob Froberger; Ricercars & Capriccios from the Liveres de 1656 & 1658. Arranged from keyboard works, these are a fantastic addition to the viol quartet genre. PRBVCS82 $26.00

Johann Jakob Froberger; Ricercars, Fantasias & a Canzon from the livre de 1649 & MS Amalienbibliothek 434. PRBVCS86 $26.00

Music for Bowed Strings
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer; Balletti a 4 (2 Violins, Viola, Basso continuo). Ballet music from the operas "Aristomane Messenio" by Giovanni Felice Sances and "Hercole acquistatoredell' immortalita" by Antonio Draghi. EW365 $28.00

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer; Lamento sopra la morte Ferdinandi III (Violin, 2 Violas, Basso continuo). This deep-felt early work of Schmelzer was written for the death of his employer, the Habsburg Emperor Ferdinand III. EW532 $19.00

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer; Ciaccona in A for violin and basso continuo. A lovely piece from the collection Arien Zu den Balletten welche an der Rom. Moderate difficulty, rarely going beyond first position. First modern edition. EW648 $15.00

Archangelo Corelli; Sonatas for Violin and Basso contionuo. Opus 5. Corelli's seminal work, his opus 5, is here presented as a Berenreiter Urtext. Ornamented and original versions. Notes by Christopher Hogwood. Scores and parts. 2 violumes. Sonatas 1-6: BA9455 $35.00; Sonatas 7-12: BA9456 $35.00

Scherzi Armonici sopra le Quattro Staggioni dell' anno. Do you enjoy Vivaldi's "Four Seasons"? This charming work, for 3 violins (or flutes or oboes) and continuo, is reminiscent of the tone painting Vivaldi used in his collection. Book 1: Le Printemps eba5053 $24.00; Book 2: L' Este eba5054 $29.00; Book 3: L' Automne eba5060 $27.00; Book 4: L' Hyver eba5061 $27.00

Schenck, Johannes; Suonate a Violino. 18 Fantasias, Sonatinas, Sinfonias, Caprices, Preludes and Arias transcribed from Opus 7, 1699. eba2204 $27.00

Georg Philipp Telemann; Sonata a 3 in E Major for violin, viola da gamba and basso continuo. BCMS22 $28.50

Music for Winds

Ludwig Senfl; Alma Redemptoris Mater a6. Music from the Copenhagen Wind Collection V suitable for recorders, crumhorns, sackbuts, shawms, flutes, curtals and other early wind instruments. LMPRB18 $9.00

The Bass Recorder Book, Vol. 4: Music of Henry Purcell. 43 keyboard pieces arranged for bass recorder. Airs, Minuets, Hornpipes and other dances and tunes. There's plenty of ornamentation to challenge. This music is tuneful and fun. SM67 $24.00

Used Instruments
We are often asked if we carry used instruments. While we do not have a place for them in our Instruments and Strings section, below you will find several that we have to offer. These instruments have been checked out in our shop, and are in perfectly playable condition. Please contact us for more information. **Currently we are not accepting any new consignment instruments.**

Moeck Flauto Penta maple body $20.00

Heinrich Soprano recorder maple black rings $185.00

James Soprano recorder pearwood 2 piece $115.00

Moeck Tuju Soprano recorder maple German fingering $60.00

Moeck Rottenburgh Alto recorder rosewood ivory rings $500.00

Moeck Rottenburgh Alto recorder maple ivory rings $375.00

Heinrich Alto recorder maple $220.00

Zen On Alto recorder maple $250.00

Moeck Rondo Tenor recorder maple double key $450.00

Moeck Rottenburgh Tenor recorder rosewood ivory rings keyless $550.00

Bass recorder pearwood with bocal $700.00

Charlie Ogle Workshop viols, baroque violins, violas and cellos now available through BEMS
These instruments are hand made, sound wonderful, and are very affordable! We also have bows for early stringed instruments. Check out what we have in the Instruments and Strings section. If you are looking for something we don't have listed, please ask.

Travel Schedule

The Boulder Early Music Shop travels to many workshops and festivals with a large selection of our inventory, so that you may have that hands-on experience. Here's our upcoming schedule.

Dates Location
Nothing Scheduled