(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." ...

(US) Harmonia Early Music: "Smell the Roses" by Elizabeth Clark (20 Jun 2015)

Contributed by admin on Aug 01, 2015

"Roses are red, violets are blue…and this week on Harmonia, we invite you to go tripping through the tulips with us as we bring you a program of early music with texts inspired by both romantic and symbolic associations with flowers. Later in the program we’ll feature Anonymous 4’s recent recording, 1865: Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War. ...

(UK) Opera Today Review: "BBC Proms: The Cardinall’s Musick" (by Claire Seymour) (23 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Aug 01, 2015

"When he was skilfully negotiating the not inconsiderable complexities, upheavals and strife of musical and religious life at the English royal court during the Reformation, Thomas Tallis (c.1505-85) could hardly have imagined that more than 450 years later people would be queuing round the block for the opportunity spend their lunch-hour listening to the music that he composed in service of his God and his monarch. ...

(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 Woodwind Makers - Workshops on Instrument Making, Maintenance & Care

Contributed by admin on Jul 31, 2015

"Cambridge Woodwind Makers is a not for profit organisation, whose trustees are commited to providing a platform from which to preserve and teach the skills associated with woodwind instrument making. 

Located within the ACE Foundation cultural center at Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge, CB22 5BP, UK.


It is our objective to make a difference. By bringing together the best resources possible into a new visitors centre and learning environment, we can inspire new people to get making and improve the skills of those who are willing to learn.

With these skills learnt and preserved, we will continue to have ...

(UK) Handel House: New instruments and Keeping Cool

Contributed by admin on Jul 30, 2015

(From a recent Handel House newsletter)

"Two new instruments have recently joined the Handel House collection. A 1752 bureau organ by Joseph Snetzler and a 1754 double manual harpsichord by Jacob Kirkman were very generously donated in memory of Ellie Warburg (1932-2014) of Hamden, Connecticut, USA. Both instruments are now installed in the house and it is hoped that they will be used for performances before too long.  ...

(US) The New Yorker August Issue Article: "I can't go on" "What's Behind Stagefright?" (By Joan Acocella)

Contributed by admin on Jul 30, 2015

We all suffer at some point of stagefright. But what are the reasons behind it and how does it affect some who perform on stage? (Marc Paré, Editor,

"Stagefright has not been heavily studied, which is strange because, as Solovitch tells us, it is common not only among those who make their living on the stage but among the rest of us, too. In 2012, two researchers at the University of Nebraska-Omaha ...

(US) Harmonia Early Music Podcast: "Plectrums, Pizzicato, And Plucks" by Janelle Davis Posted (20 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 29, 2015

"We’re devoting this edition of Harmonia to instruments of the plucked variety. Lutes, guitars, harps and harpsichords will pick and pizz us through the hour. Plus, a special tribute from Paul O’Dette for friend and fellow lute player Pat O’Brien who passed away in 2014, and a feature release from Armonia Celeste called Lover’s Beware.. ...

(PL) 16th “Cracovia Danza” Court Dance Festival (26 Jul -- 1-2 Aug 2015) -- UPDATE

Contributed by admin on Jul 29, 2015

(From a recent newsletter)

"XVI Court Dance Festival "Cracovia Danza" is at the halfway point. In the Villa Decius on its third day of the workshop of ancient dances from different parts of the world, which includes over 150 participants. They will present their new skills during the Friday demonstration on stage at the Villa Decius and on Saturday and Sunday in the Main Square. ...

(FR) 2015 Festival Académie Bach Arques-la-Bataille, Haute-Normandie (15-22 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 29, 2015

Early Music Festival - 19th to 22nd August / Choral Singing Workshop - 15th to 22nd August
Marine Fribourg & Nicolas Renaux, choral conductors
Flore Merlin, accompanist

"Each year since 1997, the Académie Bach has been organising in Arques-la-Bataille an Early Music Festival which has gathered, over time, a loyal public through an audacious, innovative and exacting programme. Many of the great names of today’s baroque music have been accompanied in their creation and development by the residency program that we have put in place since our very foundation. ...

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