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(US) Los Angeles Times Article: "Spotify hit with second songwriter lawsuit in two weeks" (by Ryan Faughnder, 08 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 13, 2016

"Another songwriter has sued streaming music service Spotify -- accusing the company of "wholesale copyright infringement" -- in an escalation of the ongoing battle over online royalties and licensing.  ...


(US) Unquiet Thought Blog: "Saturday morning quotes 5.34: Influences (by Ron or Donna, 09 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2016

"... In early music, one tends to be influenced by the insights of scholars at least as much as by performers—moreso in the case of the present writer.  My (RA) influences can be be easily discerned simply by reading through some five year's worth of weekly blog posts.   ...


(US) Smithsonian.com Article: 180.000 items at New York Public Library Available Online (by Erin Blakemore, 7 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2016

"Are you into old photos? Ancient religious texts? Vintage blueprints of algae? You’re in luck: You don’t need to turn off your laptop and take a trip to see them up close. On Tuesday, the New York Public Library announced that it has released more than 180,000 items as instant, high-resolution downloads for anyone who’s curious and has access to a computer.

The downloads are all in the public domain and cover everything from popular culture to history, science and music. ...


(DE) "Tobi's Notenarchive" Website Updates

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2016

(From a recent newsletter from Tobias Schoelkopf regarding "Tobi's Notenarchive" website updates)

"Dear Bach friends,

all piano works, canons, and the complete BWV appendix is now available as CAP, CAPX, XML, PDF and Midi.

The following works are new in my Bach Archive ...


(UK) Heritage Lottery Fund to invest £3.6million in Royal College of Music’s Museum

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2016

"The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has today announced support¹ of £3.6m to redevelop the Royal College of Music’s Museum. This significant investment will kick-start a three-year project to create new displays and a performance space for the RCM’s extensive and precious collection of historic instruments. ...


(US) New York Times Article: "Discogs Turns Record Collectors’ Obsessions Into Big Business" (by Ben Sisariodec, 29 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jan 01, 2016

"In the beginning, Kevin Lewandowski just wanted a way to keep track of his techno records.Now, 15 years later, the free website he set up for that purpose, Discogs.com, has become a vital resource for record collectors and the music industry, with a sprawling database of more than 6.5 million releases.  ...


(US) Orlando Consort Concert: "The Passion of Joan of Arc" Silent Film Get Live Soundtrack (16 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 01, 2016

(From a recent Orlando Consort news release)

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is pleased to present “The Passion of Joan of Arc: Silent Film & Medieval Sound,” a new project by British vocal ensemble The Orlando Consort, on Saturday, January 16, 2016, 8pm, at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The Orlando Consort creates a stunning live soundtrack to Carl Theodor Dreyer’s monumental 1928 silent film biography of the saint and martyr, singing medieval songs composed during the lifetime of Joan of Arc (1412-1431) in live accompaniment to the film. A pre-concert lecture by Jean Drum will take place at 7pm. ...


(US) The New York Times: "Aix Festival Director to Step Down" (by Michael Cooper, 21 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 24, 2015

"Bernard Foccroulle, the general director of the Aix-en-Provence Festival, plans to step down from his position at the end of 2017, the festival announced on Friday.

Mr. Foccroulle, who joined the festival in 2007 and has led it through a number of artistic successes, said in a statement that ...


(UK) The Stage Article: "Scottish government draft budget outlines 9.5% culture spending cut" (by Tom Dibdin, 17 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 24, 2015

While there are no early music groups mentioned in the article, it is most likely that the granting process will also be affected with respect to Scottish early music organizations.

"Culture has been hit with a headline 9.5% cut in the Scottish government's draft budget, published in Edinburgh on December 16.

Overall, Scottish Government is reducing spend on culture in 2016/17 from £170.2 million to £154.1 million.

As part of this, the five directly funded national companies, ...


(US) Vanguard Seattle Review: "Pacific MusicWorks Gives a Golden Performance of Handel’s “Messiah” (21 December 2015, by Claire Biringer)

Contributed by admin on Dec 24, 2015

"I’m going to come right out and say this: I don’t like Handel. The overly stuffy formal structures and frivolous ornamentation of the high Baroque will never top my list. I find the Messiah static and trite, and Handel’s operas no more exciting than the bassline of Pachelbel’s canon. I’ve only found glimpses of redemption in his output, like the moody D minor Sarabande and brief coloratura passages in Giulio Cesare.

If anyone were to sway my Handelian hatred, it is unsurprising that it would be Pacific MusicWorks, the ...

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