(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, editor)

(CA) Ottawa Chamberfest 2015-2016 Concert Series

Contributed by admin on Sep 14, 2015

From a recent newsletter item, the Ottawa Chamberfest 2015-2016 Concert Series is now on sale. But interestingly enough, there is a bit of early music to be heard from ...

(US) Opera Today Interview: "A Chat with Tenor René Barbera" (by Maria Nock, 08 Sep 2015)

Contributed by admin on Sep 14, 2015

"American tenor René Barbera is fast making a name for himself as one of the top bel canto singers in opera houses around the world.

On September 19, 2015, he will be singing a recital at the Balboa Theater in downtown San Diego. Accompanied by Cheryl Cellon Lindquist, he will sing Alberto Ginastera’s Five Popular Argentine Songs ... Maria Nockin took the opportunity to have a brief chat with this exciting singer. ..."

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

Contributed by admin on Sep 14, 2015

(From a recent 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 ...

(FR) France Musique Interview/Podcast with Les Sacqueboutiers and Les Passions (Aprl 17, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Sep 10, 2015

Missed the interview? The podcast is still available on the France Musique website!

"France Musique visited Toulouse at the Toulouse National Theatre Friday, April 17 to reflect of the richness of the musical and cultural life of the pink city. On the program: more than 16 hours of programming, including 9 in public and live, with many guests, live musicians trays, broadcast concerts of the Orchestre National du Capitole, ensemble Les Elements ... and excerpts interpreted live by Les Passions between 19h and 20h "Dans l'air du soir" presented by François-Xavier Szymczak." ...

(UK) Early Music at the Spitalfields Winter Festival 2015 (4-15 December 2015)

Contributed by admin on Sep 10, 2015

"This year’s Winter Festival offers something for everyone with an extraordinary blend of music, film and discussions to explore. Over twelve days there’ll be plenty of premieres, surprises and ways for you to connect with artists and composers old and new. Come and join us and add some sparkle to your winter festivities."

Early music events include: The Sixteen, The Marian Consort, The English Concert, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Club Inégales in Purcell’s semi-operatic masterpiece, King Arthur,  Les Arts Florissants, B’Rock, Solomon’s Knot present JS Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

(US) Submit proposals by September 30, 2015 | 2016 5th Annual Meeting of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA)

Contributed by sonialee on Aug 18, 2015

Oberlin College’s Conservatory of Music (Ohio, USA) will host the fifth annual meeting of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA) from Monday, 21 March, to Wednesday, 23 March 2016. The meeting’s theme “The Compleat Keyboardist: harpsichord, fortepiano, organ, clavichord, continuo” hopes to inspire us with the variety of instruments played by our forefathers and foremothers.

Three days of morning and afternoon events (Monday to Wednesday) will include papers, lecture-recitals, mini-recitals, and an exhibition of publications, recordings, and contemporary instrument makers’ work. Proposals for individual presentations or for themed sessions with multiple participants on any subject relating to historical keyboard instruments, their use and repertories from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century, are welcome.

*Of special note: Oberlin College will also host the Eighth Jurow International Harpsichord Competition during 22-24 March 2016. For more details, visit:

(US) Enter by October 1, 2015 | 8th 2016 Jurow International Harpsichord Competition

Contributed by sonialee on Aug 18, 2015
The deadline for the 2016 Jurow International Harpsichord Competition is
fast approaching! Entries must be received by October 1, 2015.

More information can be found at:

(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. ..." 

(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog: "Saturday morning quotes 5.13: Assumptions II"

Contributed by admin on Aug 15, 2015

"August 15th marks the Feast of the Assumption, an important feast day in the liturgical calendar and an active day for those inclined to dedicate their Saturday to singing a Missa Solemnis.  In addition to the chant propers, today we are treated to a banquet of renaissance polyphony as we sing the "Missa Ave maris stella" by Victoria and the motets "Hodie Maria Virgo caelos ascendit" by Luca  Marenzio, "Quae est ista quae ascendit" by Thomas Crecquillon, and "Surge amica mea" by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. ...

(SE) BIS Records CD Release: "Bach - Organ Works" (Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Aug 15, 2015

"Masaaki Suzuki playing the Schnitger/Hinz organ in the Martinikerk, Groningen

The recipient of the 2012 City of Leipzig Bach Medal, Masaaki Suzuki has earned an enviable reputation as an interpreter of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach – as a reviewer in International Record Guide has put it: 'With Suzuki you can hear Bach's heart beat'. To a wide audience he is known as the director of Bach Collegium Japan, and the moving force behind the ensemble's acclaimed recordings of Bach's complete sacred cantatas. Perhaps less well known is that he began his career – at the age of 12! – playing the organ at church services in Kobe, where he was born. ...

(UK) Oxford Journals Release: "Early Music" (Volume 43 Issue 3 August 2015)

Contributed by admin on Aug 15, 2015

(From a recent Oxford Journals newsletter)

Oxford Journals announces the release of its most current issue of "Early Music" of which the following articles may be of interest to some of you:

  • Rose A. Pruiksma ~ Pomey rewrites Scudéry: the novel source for Pomey’s rhetorical sarabande description
  • Géraldine Gaudefroy-Demombynes ~ Achille et Polyxène (1687): the Trojan war and a plea for peace at the Académie royale de musique


(UK) Hyperion CD Release: Loyset Compère (c1445-1518) "Magnificat, motets & chansons" by The Orlando Consort (August 2015)

Contributed by admin on Aug 15, 2015

"The Orlando Consort’s third recording for Hyperion turns to the music of Loyset Compère, a composer the group first investigated some twenty years ago. In the intervening decades musicological goal-post shifting has elevated our composer from also-ran outsider to something of a trailblazer, the wonderfully complex Magnificat recorded here, for example, now being thought to predate the masterworks of Josquin by some fifteen years. A gorgeous selection of motets and chansons further charts this period of radical musical experimentation." ...

(US) Opera Neo Production: Handel's Rinaldo (14-15 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Aug 15, 2015

Location: Palisades Amphitheater on the Point, 6301 Birchwood St, San Diego, CA 92120

"This new production by Opera NEO is conducted by the world renowned early music specialist Nicholas Kraemer (UK) and staged by the artistic director, Peter Kozma."

"Opera NEO investigates the role of opera today and in the future by engaging broader audiences and finding new possibilities for contemporary interpretations. By marrying historically informed musical performance with stagings that speak to the theatergoers of today, we build a bridge that connects performers and audience members to the artists of the past and keeps their timeless work alive and relevant.  ..."

(US) Detroit Free Press: "DSO launching archive of webcasts for on-demand viewing" by Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press (13 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Aug 15, 2015

In what is expected to grow in trend, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has put to public view all of its recent video archives of its performances. The DSO has recently been more than active on the electronic scene and is hoping to boost its brand on a larger scale through its free video archives. ...

(UK) Suffolk Gazette: " Morris Dancers and Blind Footballers in Mass Brawl "

Contributed by admin on Aug 15, 2015

Not sure what dance steps were undertaken during the brawl, but they were at best most lively. (Marc Paré, Editor)

"... He promptly kicked one of the dancers in the shin, sending him flying over a table and crashing into a flower pot. A hanging basket then fell on his head. ... More blind footballers then joined the melee, kicking out at the bells and then being surprised when they were punched by furious morris men. ...

(CA) Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra Launches App

Contributed by admin on Aug 15, 2015

(From a recent Talfelmusic newsletter post)

Joining the 21st century, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir launches an app to keep track of their offerings. No doubt a trend that will continue with other early music groups. ...

(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) British Library: "Happy Uncommon Musical Instrument Appreciation Day!" (31 July 2015)

Contributed by admin on Aug 04, 2015

(From a recent British Library post)

"As we are sure you are all aware, today (July 31st) is Uncommon Musical Instrument Appreciation Day, the day on which we are urged to take time to think about the rare and unusual instruments that have gone obsolete, or are otherwise beyond our ken.  ...

(US) The New York Times Article: "Music Artists Take On the Business, Calling for Change" By Ben Sisario, 31 Jul 2015

Contributed by admin on Aug 03, 2015

State of affairs of online streaming. Although not specifically speaking of early music artists, this article does discuss some points that may be of interest to those who are keeping tabs on the ongoing tug of war between online streaming giants and musicians regarding compensation. -- Marc Paré, Editor,

"Musicians are known for speaking out on issues like human rights, politics and the environment. They are less known for speaking out about how the music business itself should operate. ...

(CA) RSS Feeds

Contributed by admin on Aug 02, 2015 brings you news in many ways. One particular way of receiving the latest on is by RSS Feed. If you are unfamiliar with RSS feeds, it is a method whereby you allow a RSS link-botton of to be posted on your browser's personal toolbar (or other location depending on your browser's setup). Once on your personal toolbar, the RSS Feed button will post in realtime any new news items posted on the site. This allows you to check if any new articles have been posted without visiting the It also allows you to pick/choose the items of interest you would most be likely want to read. ...

(BE) International Conference Petrus Alamire - New Perspectives on Polyphony (18-23 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Aug 02, 2015

Location: KU Leuven, Campus Carolus, Korte Nieuwstraat 33, Antwerp, Belgium

"Organised by the KU Leuven (Department of Musicology), Alamire Foundation (Leuven), AMUZ (Flanders Festival, Antwerp), in collaboration with Conference and Events Office KU Leuven.


In August 2015 the Alamire Foundation, International Centre for the Study of Music in the Low Countries, and the KU Leuven Musicology Dept., will organize an ambitious conference centred on the music scribe Petrus Alamire and his manuscripts. The event will coincide with ...

(BE) International Petrus Alamire Lab - Concert walk (22-23 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Aug 02, 2015

"The International Young Artists Presentation held during Laus Polyphoniae 2015 has been rechristened the International Petrus Alamire Lab, for this years edition. The focus is on the musical oeuvre collected by Petrus Alamire in the countless manuscripts he created. Young musicians and ensembles draw inspiration from the music in Alamires manuscripts, leading to historical performances, contemporary adaptations or multidisciplinary creations. ...

(US) Lapham's Quartely Article: "Words Without Borders" By Matthew Battles (29 July 2015)

Contributed by admin on Aug 02, 2015

A millennium after ancient Greeks transcribed their myths, medieval scribes refashioned the written word into a republic of letters.

"In ancient Greece, writing arose among traders and artisans doing business in the markets with foreigners and visitors from other cities. Their alphabet emerged not in scribal colleges or the king’s halls, nor was it brought by conquerors, but instead came ashore in the freewheeling, acquisitive, materialistic atmosphere of the agora, the Greek marketplace that also birthed democracy and the public sphere. ...

(UK) Early Music Review -- Newly Posted Reviews

Contributed by admin on Aug 02, 2015

(From a recent Early Music Review newsletter)

From Early Music Review, news of fresh reviews that are now posted on their website.

"Brian Robins writes about The Gabrieli Consort and Players at the event formerly known as the Beaune Festival, Clifford Bartlett and Barbara Sachs comment on new editions, and a wide range of new HIP recordings is put under scrutiny by our team of regular contributors." ...

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