When Music Professor Ruth Griffioen suggested to Evan Callaway ‘12 that he spend his scholarship money building a six-foot-tall instrument that lost popularity after the 17th Century she was joking. However, the computer science major and music minor said he "took it more as a challenge than as a joke."
Fans of early music don’t need an introduction of Claudio Monteverdi. For a long time, he was known for the first unsurpassed highlights of the early Western opera. Yet, his operas did not raise eyebrows, his madrigal bundles did. An example: in the foreword of his fifth Madrigal bundle, we read the discussion between Artusi and Monteverdi whether or not to use the new monidistic style.
“Live music blended with astronomy?
Not usually, but a great fit Sunday afternoon at the Registry Theatre when Nota Bene Period Orchestra (local Baroque music ensemble under the leadership of Borys Medicky) and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (Kitchener-Waterloo chapter) teamed up to present a most unusual performance — part concert, part lecture, part visual display.
“EXHIBITION - The Greenwich Exhibition of Early Musical Instruments is the largest Early Music Exhibition of its kind! A wide cross-section of early instrument makers from around the globe, shops, music publishers, societies, recording companies and early music forums all gathered under one roof.
“Taking piano lessons at the Longy School in the early 1960s, Diane Goetz was certainly no stranger to the music of centuries past. Then she met Frank Hubbard, a craftsman who with his friend William Dowd was spurring a revival of the harpsichord.
The International Competition of Wassenaer is the world's leading and oldest competition for early music ensembles. The competition has succeeded for over 20 years in young, ambitious ensembles support towards the concert stage. With top musicians in the international jury at the program and the competition has become a festival, with competitions, concerts, master classes and more.
The complete results of the 15th International Competition of Wassenaer 2009:
“This is video # 400 !!! Hope you'll enjoy it. Lute made by Stephen Murphy“ Visit YouTube to view the more than 400 videos of Valéry Sauvage playing lute: YouTube #400
“Real Chopin: The Complete Works of Fryderyk Chopin on historical instruments is a project realised on historical instruments from Chopin's times: pianos by Erard (Paris, 1849) and Pleyel (Paris, 1848).
“In 1845, Abel Siccama submitted a patent illustrating 4 different flutes. One of them was the flute with which his name is now linked, although he at first called it the Diatonic. Thousands of these have been made by Siccama and other makers, assuring him of a permanent place in flute history.
While unclear if period organs do exist in the collection at the newly formed Chinese Museum, the existence of such an institution may prove interesting to our readership.
“ XIAMEN, Fujian Province -- Two giant pipe organs have made the journey of thousands of miles from an English church and an American city to a small Chinese island, where locals can now enjoy "the sound of heaven".
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