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(DE) Ramée Label's latest realease: "Recorders greate and smale" by Mezzaluna

Contributed by Admin on Jan 18, 2010

 Music for the English Court Recorder Consort played by Mezzaluna (Renaissance recorders). 

Although the recorder is probably known primarily as a baroque instrument amongst the general public, it is rather the 16th century, which should actually be considered the golden age of its history. At that time, single recorders were certainly used in mixed ensembles of instruments, but from numerous sources there is clear evidence, that it was especially the homogeneous recorder consort, or "a whoall noyse of recorders", as some English sources would call it, which enjoyed an unprecedented popularity with both amateurs and professionals. The English Court however, constitutes a special case, since it is the only known establishment, where over a period of no less than ninety years, a group of specialized instrumentalists was officially enrolled as recorder players and members of a standing recorder consort: the Royal Recorders.


(US) The Children of Orpheus: How Composers Receive Ancient Texts (Call for papers) (Jan. 26, 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 16, 2010
Society for Seventeenth-Century Music
“The Children of Orpheus: How Composers Receive Ancient Texts”

Deadline: 26 JAN 2010!

The American Philological Association's Outreach Panel for the 2011 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, January 6-9, 2011, invites papers that discuss texts set to music from 1400 to the present that are based on, or influenced by, ancient Greek or Latin literature, and analyze how their creators engaged  with these texts through direct setting, adaptation, translation, or alteration. Subjects might include, but are not limited to,song-cycles, operas, oratorios, cantatas, hymns, film scores, or popular music.


(BE) 19th-Century Brass Instrument Laboratory (April 16-18, 2010)

Contributed by Musica on Jan 11, 2010
Because of its technological developments, the 19th century can be called revolutionary for brass players, with innovations in instrument building taking on never-before-seen proportions.

During this new laboratory, the instructors will acquaint (pre) professional musicians with particular playing techniques, instruments and the 19th-century repertoire including some lesser-known works. You’ll play the instruments coached by the following members of the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées: Alain De Rudder, Luc Bergé, Wim Becu and Marc Girardot. A19th-century instrument can be borrowed for the duration of the lab.

Works by Jean François Victor Bellon, Antoine Simon, Félicien-César David, … will be performed.

(BE) International Masterclass Wim Becu, Director - Polyhymnia Caduceatrix & Panegyrica by Michael Praetorius (Nov. 1-7, 2010)

Contributed by Musica on Jan 11, 2010
Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) is best known for his treatise Syntagma Musicum. Yet he was also an especially prolific composer. Praetorius’s repertoire deserves wider recognition, not only because of its polychoral writing and colourful instrumentation, but also for its expressive content.

(BE) International Gebrieli Workshop (March 12-14, 2010)

Contributed by Musica on Jan 11, 2010
The annual winds course (Gabrieli workshop) will this year be directed by Wim Becu, Adam Woolf and Judith Pacquier. They explore the so-called ‘polychoral style’ in 17-century Portugal. Works by Frei Manuel Cardoso, Antonio Carreira and Joao Lourenço Rebelo will be performed.

(US) Sacramento Baroque Soloists present Complete Bach Cello Suites

Contributed by cellorhythm on Jan 10, 2010
Cellists William Skeen, Michael Lawson, and John Lutterman will perform the Cello Suites of Johann Sebastian Bach on Saturday, January 23, 2010, at 8 p.m. (Suites 1-3) and Sunday, January 24, 2010, at 3 p.m., at historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Sacramento. Both concerts will be . ..

(UK) H. C. Robbins Landon: Musicologist celebrated for his work on Haydn and Mozart -- Remembered

Contributed by Admin on Jan 10, 2010
“Some lucky composers attract scholars of such assiduity of purpose that their names become linked from then on: one thinks of Henry-Louis de La Grange's work on Mahler or David Cairns' on Berlioz. That Joseph Haydn is now universally accepted as one of the great composers is down largely to the spadework of H. C. Robbins Landon – the music had long since slipped from view when he first began the pioneering research which would restore the reputation Haydn had enjoyed in his own lifetime.

(NL) David van Ooijen -- More Lute Lessons Added to YouTube Site

Contributed by Admin on Jan 10, 2010
(NL) Lute lessons on YouTube -- David van Ooijen, lutenist.

David Van Ooijen advises those interested that more lute lessons have been added to his YouTube website.

(FR) SOFRACOB (Société Française de Corde en Boyaux) to close its doors after 37 years of service

Contributed by Admin on Jan 09, 2010
Dear Customer,

Ever since the onset of Mad Cow Disease (BSE), we have done our best to maintain our business activity. Unfortunately, however, despite all our efforts, we must inform you that SOFRACOB will terminate its business at the end of February 2010.
We recommend that you purchase some inventory before our closing, but we must receive your order no later than late January.

(IL) Roberto Gini, Drora Bruck, Nitai Zori & Miri Singer Live on the internet (Jan. 11, 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 09, 2010
“I am happy to annouce that our next concert, featuring maestro Roberto Gini
(italy) on the viola da gamba, myself on the recorder, Nitai Zori on the
baroque violin and Miri Singer on the harpsichord, shall be broadcasted live
on the internet on Monday, January 11th, at  17:00 - Israeli time...

(JP) Nanki Music Library online

Contributed by Admin on Jan 08, 2010

Integrated Repository of Musical Resources at the Research Institute for Digital Media and Content (DMC), Keio University

In Japan, there are many unavailable collections of musical sources (musical notes, books on music, etc.). Of primary consideration is the Nanki Music Library, founded by Marquis Yorisada Tokugawa (1892-1954) in Azabu-Iikura, Tokyo in 1918, which includes autographs of Beethoven, Liszt, and other composers. The Nanki Music Library was the first public musical library in Japan and actively collected many rare musical sources from throughout the world, such as the bibliotheca of William Hayman Cummings (1831-1915), a British music educator. The Library was closed to the public in 1931 due to financial difficulty of the Tokugawa family; nevertheless, international attention has remained focused on the collection.


(CZ) Prachatice Summer School of Early Music (July 11-25, 2010)

Contributed by jitusska on Jan 03, 2010

Summer School of Early Music is an Early Music course targeting the historically informed performance mainly of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Music. Some of the recorder classes concentrate on contemporary, world and folk music.

The workshop takes place every July in beautiful South Bohemian town Prachatice (130 km south from Prague, 200 km north-west of Vienna). In 2010 we will be there for the 12th time, until 1998 the course took place in Bechyně.


(US) Han Tol Weekend in Bloomington, IN -- Recorder Consort Workshop (April 9-11, 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 02, 2010
“Unicorn Music of Bloomington, Indiana will host a recorder consort workshop led by Han Tol during the weekend of April 9-11th th for upper-intermediate to advanced players who wish to play 4, 5, and 6-part music on matched consorts, one or two-to-a-part. 

(NL) 'Clear or Cloudy, Lute Songs' Valeria Mignaco, Soprano; Alfonso Marin, Lute (CD)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 27, 2009
“This recording project features a selection of our favorite lute-songs and airs of John Dowland and his comtemporaries. For us it represents the culmination of years of studying and performing this very same repertoire until we finally felt ready to record it and make it comercially available.

(US) A Lute Summit -- Interview and news article from Minnesota Public Radio

Contributed by Admin on Dec 24, 2009
“St. Paul, Minn. — The five 'summiteers' have been studying with and teaching one another for 20 years or so. They get along pretty well in spite of having worked all over the globe and developed some very specific ideas on how the lute is to be played best.

(UK) Greenwich Festival -- quick snaps (Nov. 14/2009)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 24, 2009

Visit this YouTube site (Stuart Walsh) for a short video clip on the Greenwich Festival of Nov. 2009.

Early Music Exhibition 14 Nov 2009


(IT) Venetian Sacred Music of XVII Century (January 31, 2010)

Contributed by harmoniamusicae on Dec 15, 2009
Sunday, January 31, 2010, 18:30 - free admission
Santuario Madonna della Quercia
Location La Quercia (Viterbo)
Sacred music of the Venetian '600

Cristina Paolucci, soprano
Schinaia Joseph, organ

Program:
Girolamo Frescobaldi - Selection from the Mass of Our Lady (Fiori Musicali, 1635)
Francesco Cavalli - O quam suavis et decora, motet for solo voice and bc (1645)
Barbara Strozzi - Salve Regina, antiphon for soprano and bc (1655)
Natale Monferrato - Exaltabo te Deus, Glorious Mary, two motets for solo voice and bc (ca. 1650)

(US) American Innovators Series, 2009 Wright State Department of Music -- Call for papers (March 13-14, 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 06, 2009
“The colloquium on Ben Johnston and the American Just Microtonal Tradition seeks a  wide range of approaches to the music of Ben Johnston and composers closely associated with him.  Analyses of specific works, broader discussions of Johnston's career and output, papers focusing on issues of performance practice, and historical/philosophical discussions of the American just microtonal tradition are all welcome areas of focus.

(UK) Composer reinvents the piano

Contributed by Admin on Dec 06, 2009
“Mark Brown talks to Geoff Smith, whose reinvention of the piano allows players to alter the tuning of notes either before or during a performance Link to this video

For a non-pianist, the idea of a microtonally fluid piano might seem either no big deal or baffling. But this weekend a composer will reveal the result of a 10-year mission – nothing less than the reinvention of one of the most important instruments in western music.

(US) PalacePianos.com -- Experts in Unique Art Case Pianos

Contributed by Admin on Dec 06, 2009

“The building of keyboard instruments began over 300 years ago. The development started with the organ and the Harpsichord, continued through the pianoforte, and reached its high point with what today is known as the modern grand piano - which remains until now virtually unchanged. (The Golden Years of grand piano construction were between 1825 and 1925).
  


(US) Au Pres de Vous: French chansons of the 16th century (CD release by Mignarda)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 06, 2009
“We're happy to announce the release of our 6th CD, Au Pres de Vous. Recorded in the warm and vibrant acoustic of an old country church, our latest release explores the important marriage of music, poetry and dance tunes of sixteenth century France.

(US) 39th Annual AMIS Meeting (May 26-29/2010)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 30, 2009

39th Annual
AMIS Meeting
Library of Congress
Washington, DC
May 26 to 29, 2010

“The Library of Congress will host the 39th annual meeting of the American Musical Instrument Society from May 26 to May 29, 2010.


(UK) Royal Society's 350th anniversary -- Trailblazing Timeline Site

Contributed by Admin on Nov 30, 2009
“As the UK’s academy of sciences and the world’s oldest science academy, we want people all over the UK to join with us in celebrating 350 years of scientific achievement and endeavour.

(AR) The Influence of Leather in the Fortepiano Evolution in the XVIII and XIX Centuries

Contributed by Admin on Nov 28, 2009

An article on “The Influence of Leather in the Fortepiano Evolution in the XVIII and XIX Centuries” by Gustavo Adrián DEFEO F.S.L.T.C.

The Fortepiano origin
I can imagine most of the presents will have many questions on my presentation: First of all
what is the relation between Leather and the Fortepiano? Why here in the Palazzo della
Signoria? Let’s look back three centuries ago in this same room, during the baroque period, the times of the Great Prince Ferdinando de Medici.


(US) Observations on the Development of Wood Screws in North America

Contributed by Admin on Nov 23, 2009

Observations on the Development of Wood Screws in North America by Christopher White, Mellon Fellow, Furniture and Frame Conservation Lab, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Currently: Project Conservator Arizona State Museum

“The following is the result of research conducted between September 2004 and August 2005 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Physical characteristics of a series of wood screws from the museum’s collection of 18th and 19th-century American furniture are summarized and their characteristics related to curatorial-assigned dates of fabrication and to a chronology of screw manufacturing techniques.