(US) Roving Reviewer: Chopin et Son Temps à Lausanne by Christopher Greenleaf (The Boston Musical Intelligencer)(2010 September 19)
(US) "Bach’s Passions – Musical Language and Religious Contexts" Summer Course - Yale Institue of Sacred Music (2011 June 6-11)
June 6–10, 2011
In the course of its annual Summer Term, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music will offer a weeklong course on Johann Sebastian Bach’s Passions, taught by Yale faculty member Prof. Markus Rathey:
Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John and St. Matthew Passions, considered cornerstones of the western classical music canon, form the culmination of his art as a composer of sacred music. The revival of Bach’s music in 19th century concert halls began with Mendelssohn’s performance of the St. Matthew Passion.
Let us stop a moment to discover the precepts of Couperin through a footnote on page in a scholarly work today and listen to the voice that we imagine shy, almost hesitant, from one of French harpsichordists’ greatest. Let us stop bickering about the size of the chorus of Bach's cantatas in Leipzig and take a look at the key document that the passions unleashed and allows all the assumptions ...
(US) Aulos Ensemble Transports Listeners to 18th-Century France -- Review by By Thomas Busse (2010 Dec.)
New for Baroque Lute
“Wolff Jacob Lauffensteiner (1676 - 1754): Collected Works for Solo Lute” edited by Douglas Towne
This edition contains eight complete suites/concerts as well as fourteen single pieces for Baroque Lute, collected from libraries from all over Europe and overseas countries. The tablature has been set anew completely to present the pieces in an easy to read manner. Contains also an essay on Laufensteiners life (in german) by Michael Treder. 125 pages / French Tablature / Baroque tuning Euro 40.-
(US) Extraordinary Women From an Extraordinary Era (Magnificat) -- By Marianne Lipanovich (Concert: 2011 Feb 4,5,6)
Orchestre LES PASSIONS
Isabelle Poulenard, soprano. Guillemette Laurens, alto.
Vincent Lièvre-Picard, tenor (Evangelist). Arnaud Richard, bass (Pilate).
Jean-François Rouchon, bass (Jesus). Antonio Guirao, bass (Peter,Judas)
chorus : ARCHIPELS (Joël Suhubiette) - A CONTRETEMPS (Guy Zanesi)
ARPEGE (J. Charpentier) – Maîtrise du CONSERVATOIRE de Toulouse (M. Opstad)
Musical Direction Jean-Marc Andrieu
Halle-aux-Grains, Toulouse (2011, March 23; April 3)
Palais des Sports, Bordeaux (2011, April 2)
American Bach Soloists Music Director, Jeffrey Thomas, speaks about their annual performances of Handel's Messiah, one of the greatest oratorios of all time, in San Francisco's Grace Cathedral. Baritone Jesse Blumberg and the American Bach Choir are featured in performance clips.
Author: Oesterley, W O E
Published: 1923, 2010
This work surveys a wide spread of old rites, practised during initiations, puberty, marriages, burials, and other major events of life. Relying on ornamental artwork on pottery and on ancient inscriptions and literature, the author examines, among other topics, Old Testament terms for 'dancing,' and forms of musical accompaniment in the time of the Hebrews; the sacred processional dance, performed by Hittites, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and other peoples; the ritual dance around sacred objects; and sacred dances performed during harvests and other festivals.
(Although not directly music related, this article may be of interest to some -- ed.)
The job of a renaissance court portraitist was to produce likenesses of his sovereigns to display at the palace and give to foreign dignitaries or prospective brides.
(FR) "De Paris à Versailles". Charpentier, Marais, Couperin -- Les Passions Orchestre Baroque (2011 January 22)
Église du Bouclier – Strasbourg
With Italian influence and in defense of the French style, these three composers entertained contrasting rapports with the Court at Versailles. The delicacy and richness of music by Charpentier regularly attracted Louis XIV in Paris, while Marin Marais, Lully's successor, enjoyed the grace of the King in the splendor of the Court. Couperin, meanwhile, sailed incessantly from Paris to Versailles and was able to skillfully combine French and Italian styles by the subtle and learned style of his writing.
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