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(US) The Atlantic Article: The Research Pirates of the Dark Web (by Kaveh Waddell, 9 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 11, 2016

After getting shut down late last year, a website that allows free access to paywalled academic papers has sprung back up in a shadowy corner of the Internet.

There’s a battle raging over whether academic research should be free, and it’s overflowing into the dark web.

Most modern scholarly work remains locked behind paywalls, and unless ...


(UK) The Guardian Article: " Dates of key Mozart symphonies are wrong, claims music scholar" (by Mark Brown, 10 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 13, 2016

"Days of looking at crossed-out dates on original manuscripts with magnifying glass reveals different dates on five works from composer’s early period Mozart symphonies from one of the most important periods of his composing life have been wrongly dated, a British scholar has discovered. ...


(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 ...


(NL) The Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek Online (Sep 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 13, 2015

"The Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek is the English translation of Franco Montanari’s Vocabolario della Lingua Greca, based on the completely revised 3rd Italian edition published in 2013 by Loescher Editore, Torino. With an established reputation as the most important modern dictionary for Ancient Greek, it brings together 140,000 headwords taken from the literature, papyri, inscriptions and other sources of the archaic period up to the 6th Century CE, and occasionally beyond. ...


(UK) The Guardian Article: " Earliest known biography of an African woman translated to English for the first time" (by Alison Flood, 03 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 06, 2015

"The earliest known book-length biography of an African woman, a 17th-century text detailing the life of the Ethiopian saint Walatta Petros, has been translated into English for the first time. ...


(US) Digital Resources for Musicology (DRM)

Contributed by admin on Dec 03, 2015

"This website provides links to substantial open-access projects of use to musicians and musicologists. With a burgeoning number of digital resources available, remembering titles of sites and pathways to them can be difficult. Digital Resources in Musicology (DRM) is organized topically and provides a rapid search tool for specialties within heterogeneous collections. ...


(UK) Oxford Journals: Early Music Journal (online) ( Volume 43 Issue 4 November 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 28, 2015

(From a recent Oxford Journals newsletter)

News from Oxford Journals that the latest instalment of the "Early Music" journal is now available online through the Oxford Journals online website. You can read up on this issue's contents which include..


(US) Oxford University Press: "Shop your Favorite Music Books Under $25: Back to School Sale"

Contributed by admin on Sep 14, 2015

(From a recent Oxford University Press newsletter)

" Shop our featured selection of books under $25 and under $50 and save 40% on our entire collection of Music books. Use promo code BTS2015 at checkout to redeem offer. " Oxford also notes that some exclusions apply on some titles and that  "*Offer expires 9/18/2015 at 11:59pm (EST)."

Have a peek at the Oxford University Press online music books selection, there could be an early music title that may interest you, with the additional savings on its ticket price. (Marc Paré, EarlyMusicNews.org editor)


(FR) Musicologie.org Review: "Collectionner la musique : érudits collectionneurs" (Collecting music: learned collectors) by Eusebius

Contributed by admin on Sep 14, 2015

(From a recent Musicologie.org newsletter)

"Collectionner la musique : érudits collectionneurs" (Massip Catherine, Herlin Denis, De Wispelaere Valérie (éditeurs.), Collectionner la musique : érudits collectionneurs. Brepols, Turnhout 2015 [582 p. ; ISBN 978-2-503-55327-6 ; 100,00 €]) (release date: May 1, 2015).

In this blog post, Eusebius reviews the background leading to this particular publication. After a series of workshops with the common topic of research into the collection of music from learned collectors, Catherine Massip, Denis Herlin and Valérie De Wispelaere cooperate on a project ultimately leading to this particular release. In it we find mention of such names as from private manuscipt "collectionneurs" as ...


(NL) Brill news: "The 2015 Frank Watson History Prize has been awarded to Governing Gaeldom"

Contributed by admin on Aug 15, 2015

(From a recent Brill newsletter)

"The 2015 Frank Watson History Prize has been awarded to Governing Gaeldom. " (The Scottish Highlands and the Restoration State, 1660-1688
Allan Kennedy, University of Manchester)

"Conventional accounts of the Scottish Highlands tend to assume that they remained detached from the mainstream of British affairs until well into the eighteenth century. In Governing Gaeldom, Allan Kennedy challenges this perception through detailed analysis of the relationship between the Highlands and the Scottish state during the reigns of Charles II and James VII & II. ..." 


(UK) Cambridge University Press New Release: "The Guitar in Tudor England"

Contributed by admin on Aug 06, 2015

Publication planned for: September 2015

Few now remember that the guitar was popular in England during the age of Queen Elizabeth and Shakespeare, and yet it was played everywhere from the royal court to the common tavern. This groundbreaking book, the first entirely devoted to the renaissance guitar in England, deploys new literary and archival material, together with depictions in contemporary art, to explore the social and musical world of the four-course guitar among courtiers, government servants and gentlemen. Christopher Page reconstructs the trade in imported guitars coming to the wharves of London, and pieces together the ...


(UK) Cambridge University Press New Release: "The Manual of Musical Instrument Conservation"

Contributed by admin on Aug 01, 2015

Publication planned for: August 2015

"This is the first book to combine museum-based conservation techniques with practical instructions on the maintenance, repair, adjustment, and tuning of virtually every type of historical musical instrument. As one of the world's leading conservators of musical instruments, Stewart Pollens gives practical advice on the handling, storage, display and use of historic musical instruments in museums and other settings, and provides technical information on such wide-ranging subjects as  ...


(UK) Cambridge University Press New Release: "The History of the Erard Piano and Harp in Letters and Documents, 1785–1959 - 2 Volume Set" (July 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 28, 2015

"Sébastien Erard and the firm that carried his name are seminal in the history of musical instruments. Erard's inventions - especially the double escapement for the piano and the double-action for the harp - have had an enormous impact on instruments and musical life and are still at the foundation of piano and harp building today. The recently discovered archives of the Erard piano and harp building firm are perhaps the largest and most complete record of musical instrument  making anywhere, containing never-before-published  ...


(DE) Tree Edition Lute Manuscripts Releases

Contributed by admin on Jul 13, 2015

(From the most recent Tree Edition August Newsletter)

A good resource for lute manuscripts, Tree Edition releases its fare of new and available manuscripts for the month of August ...


(UK) DanceBooks.co.uk New Arrivals: Early Dance DVD's

Contributed by admin on Jul 02, 2015

(From a recent DanceBooks.co.uk newsletter)

"We've just received a delivery of modern dance and early dance DVDs produced by Dance Horizons. Most of the recordings are old, sometimes as many as 40 or 50 years, so by today's standards the picture quality is poor. But if you can cope with this there are some fascinating things included, both performance, technique, and interviews ..."


(IT) Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM) Release: Francesco Antonio Pistocchi Scherzi musicali [op. II] - Duetti e terzetti, op. III Edizione critica

Contributed by admin on Jun 27, 2015

"The volume presents the first modern edition of all the vocal print of the famous singer and composer Francesco Antonio Pistocchi (1659-1726), founder of one of the first schools of Italian song. The book includes a broad biography of the musician as well as the critical edition of  the lyrics and music ...


(ES) Spanish Ministry of Culture Prize Award: "The Golden Age of violin making in Spain" (Jorge Pozas)

Contributed by admin on Jun 20, 2015

(From a recent newsletter article)

"We’re happy to share with you that “The Golden Age of Violin Making in Spain” is the 2015 Winner of the “Third Prize” in the Art Books section of the Best Edited Book Awards organised by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. ...


(FR) Frank Mento: "Harpsichord Training Method"

Contributed by admin on Jun 06, 2015

(From a recent email from Frank Mento)

"Here is an online harpsichord method for children and even all beginners! It was while teaching harpsichord in Education Action Zones (UK), or in Affirmative Action Areas (USA), that I noticed that a great effort still remained necessary to make the learning of this instrument accessible. The goal of this method is to favorize in a pleasant manner the learning and localization of the most commonly played notes, motor skills, as well as hand coordination and displacement by way of Basso Continuo, Diminutions, Articulations and Sight-reading.  ...


(NL) Brill Recent Book Release: "The Book Trade in the Italian Renaissance" (Angela Nuovo. Translated by Lydia G. Cochrane)

Contributed by admin on Jun 03, 2015

Although not of early music in topic, this book title may answer some questions on how the book trade worked in Renaissance Italy.  (EarlyMusicNews.org Editor)

"This work offers the first English-language survey of the book industry in Renaissance Italy. Where traditional accounts of the book in the Renaissance celebrate authors and literary achievement, this study examines the nuts and bolts of a rapidly expanding trade that built on existing economic practices while developing new mechanisms in response to political and religious realities. Approaching the book trade from the perspective of its publishers and booksellers, this archive-based account ...


(IT) Edizione Antonino Reggio

Contributed by antonino1725 on May 20, 2015

Works of previously unknown Eighteenth Century Sicilian composer now being published.

Edizione Antonino Reggio (EAR) is the publishing arm of Fondazione Antonino Reggio, a non-profit organisation set up to research the life and works of the Eighteenth Century Sicilian Prelate, harpsichordist, violoncellist and composer, Monsignor Antonino Reggio.

EAR has begun to publish modern editions of Reggio's works as well as a thematic catalogue and a short monograph. 


(US) Books: George Frideric Handel A Life with Friends (Published: Sep 2014)

Contributed by admin on May 17, 2015

"During his lifetime, the sounds of Handel’s music reached from court to theater, echoed in cathedrals, and filled crowded taverns, but the man himself—known to most as the composer of Messiah—is a bit of a mystery. Though he took meticulous care of his musical manuscripts and even provided for their preservation on his death, very little of an intimate nature survives.  ...


(IT) Libreria Musicale Italiana

Contributed by admin on Apr 10, 2015

(From a recent newsletter item from Libreria Musicale Italiana)

 For those of you who are interested, Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM)  has a selection of hard to find volumes offered at a special price inclusive of shipping. ...


(FR) Pablo de Sarasate : Zigeunerweisen - Gipys airs - Airs bohemiens op. 20 - for treble (alto) recorder in F

Contributed by admin on Apr 05, 2015

(From a recent newsletter from Jean Cassignol)

Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908)
Zigeunerweisen - Gipys airs - Airs bohémiens op. 20
Adaptation for treble (alto) recorder in F
Free page sample on request

Transverse flute players are well ahead of recorder players concerning the transcription of virtuosic pieces...


(IT) Libreria Musicale Italiana: Books, Periodicals etc. in .pdf format

Contributed by admin on Mar 01, 2015

News from Libreria Musicale Italiana of their growing collection of books soon to be offered for sale in .pdf format. "The selection of texts is expanding rapidly and will soon be available more than 900 files including periodicals, monographs, proceedings of and extracts."


(AU) Pickering & Chatto Publishers Book Release: "The Memoirs of Charlotte Papendiek (1765-1840)" (Michael Kassler, general editor)

Contributed by admin on Mar 01, 2015

"Readers of EarlyMusicNews.org may be interested to know that my new, annotated and corrected edition of The Memoirs of Charlotte Papendiek (1765-1840) has just been published by Pickering & Chatto as part of a four-volume set of Memoirs of the Court of George III.

Charlotte Papendiek and her family were royal servants and friends of numerous musicians including John Christian Bach, John Peter Salomon and Haydn."

Michael Kassler
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