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(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)
"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 ...
(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 ...
(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
"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)
(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. ...
(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)
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 ...
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.
"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. ...
(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
(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...
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)
"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."
(From a recent newsletter from LIM)
Libreria Musicale Italian (LIM) announces the availability of its newest addition: "Il Farinelli Ritrovato" (edited by Luigi Verdi). Proceedings of the Conference of studies Bologna May 29, 2012 by Luigi Verdi) ...
From a recent announcement on the AMS mailing list:
News from Dr. Frank Heidlberger (Professor of Music Theory, Chair, Division of Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology, University of North Texas, College of Music) that the journal “Theoria – Historical Aspects of Music Theory” is now online. ...
(From a recent newsletter item from Dance Books)
"Nearly 40 years ago we published a paperback reprint of Andre Levinson's biography of the great romantic ballerina Marie Taglioni. That edition has long been out of print, and is now so scarce that we were astonished to discover that second-hand editions are being offered on the internet for upwards of £80. ...
The DANZIG LUTE BOOK (Danzig [Gdansk] tablature 4022)
"is a collection of early seventeenth century lute music of Gdansk provenance, now kept in Berlin. This tablature was lost during the Second World War. Unexpectedly, after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the resulting political changes, this manuscript was revealed to be in the collection of the Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz in East Berlin: it turned out that during the war part of the Gdansk library collection was taken to Moscow, and from there the whole collection was transferred to the Berlin Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz in the 1950s...
(UK) Cambridge University Press New Release: "The Cambridge Companion to Choral Music" (Edited by André de Quadros)
(From a recent Cambridge University Press news release)
“The volume sets out a historical survey of the genre and follows with a kaleidoscopic bird's eye view of choral music from all over the world. Chapters vividly portray the emergence and growth of choral music from its Quranic antecedents in West and Central Asia to the baroque churches of Latin America, representing its global diversity. …
Il canto ambrosiano dalle origini al IX Secolo
Silloge ragionata degli studi recenti
Author: Francesco Petazzi
Edition: Lucca, LIM, 2012 (Quaderni Ambrosiani, 5)
You may also want to visit this particular website and browse the list of releases in its catalogue. There are quite a few interesting early music publications and there are usually quite frequent releases. (Editor)
Visit the Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM) website for more information of new and recent releases.
(From a recent Cambridge University Press newslettter)
“From Medieval Shakespeare and Anglo-Saxon Literature, to Milton and Art Rhetoric, Cambridge publishes a wide range of titles in the area Medieval and Old English Literature.
View more information about our highlight titles and forthcoming books … You may be interested in our 20% discount offer on selected titles from this range - just click here to browse books in the sale, but be sure to order before midnight on 17th November 2012 when the offer ends…”
(From a recent Gilbert Isbin newsletter)
News from Gilbert Isbin of new works for lute. Below are details of new works along with corresponding links.
- ‘10 COMPOSITIONS FOR SOLO LUTE’, volume 2, presents a further 10 pieces in an accessible contemporary style for 6-course lute, calling for early intermediate to intermediate technique.
Buy : http://www.lutesociety.org/pages/catalogue#k
- ‘REFLECTIONS’, 20 contemporary compositions for the lute, by LANTRO MUSIC (Belgium).
Buy : http://www.lantromusic.be/index.php?page=Catalogue
- CD “RECALL” , contemporary music for lute and contrabass (Gilbert Isbin/Scott Walton) appeared on pfMENTUM (USA).
Music samples on http://users.telenet.be/gilbert.isbin/gilbert-scott.html
What's New on http://users.telenet.be/gilbert.isbin/what's new.html
(UK) Cambridge University Press Recently Published: "Venice, History of the Floating City" (Joanne M. Ferraro, San Diego State University)
Publication date:July 2012
“This book is a sweeping historical portrait of the floating city of Venice from its foundations to the present day. Joanne M. Ferraro considers Venice's unique construction within an amphibious environment and identifies the Asian, European, and North African exchange networks that made it a vibrant and ethnically diverse Mediterranean cultural center. Incorporating recent scholarly insights, the author discusses key themes related to the city's social, cultural, religious, and environmental history, as well as its politics and economy. …
(UK) Fortune Books Newsrelease: "The Sultan's Organ The diary of Thomas Dallam 1599" Put Into Modern English by John Mole
A Musician's Travel blog - Four hundred years old
London 24 September 2012
Fortune Books announce the publication of The Sultan's Organ, the personal diary of organ builder Thomas Dallam. In 1599 he took a self-playing organ from London to Constantinople – now Istanbul – as a present from Queen Elizabeth I to the Sultan of Turkey. He played his virginals to various audiences en route and the organ to the Sultan himself. When best-selling travel author John Mole came across the diary in its original Elizabethan English he was so enthralled that he knew it deserved a wider audience. He put it into modern English so it reads as if its author were alive today
(FR) "Promenades en duo" vol. II - recorder/flûte à bec or/ou flute/ flûte traversière & guitar(e) / M. DEMAREZ et J. CASSIGNOL
New additions grace the Arpèges catalogue pages arranged by Jean Cassignol and Michel Démarez, “Promenades For Two Vol. 2”, a collection of six classical and romantic pieces for recorder (or flute or violin) & guitar. …