The single sheet contains a piano composition with the title Ahnung (intuition) which Schumann (1810-1856) probably wrote about 1838 and gave to a friend as a present. It had been known from a list kept by his wife, Clara, but was thought to be gone forever.
The Leopold Sophie history library in Ueberlingen said it was rediscovered in 2006 while the folder was being re-catalogued. ..“
See complete article here: RISM News
Laura Tivendale, aged 26, has won First Prize in the 9th Broadwood Harpsichord Competition, held at The National Trust’s Fenton House, London, on 11th and 12th May, using instruments from the historic Benton Fletcher Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments. For the Competition, Laura, a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, played three instruments in the collection: the 1664 Hatley virginals, the 1600 Vincentius virginals and the 1761 Shudi harpsichord. Her prize includes the final gala recital in the 2009 Concert Series at Fenton House, on Thursday 13th August, when she will play the large and elaborate Shudi & Broadwood Harpsichord (1770) and one of the smaller instruments in the Collection. Additionally, she will be offered engagements at the Cobbe Collection at Hatchlands (Surrey), at Finchcocks (Kent) and at the Russell Collection (Edinburgh) in 2010.
“Gustav Leonhardt, the renowned harpsichord player, organist and conductor, has been awarded the Medal of Honour for the Arts and Sciences. Queen Beatrix gave him the medal during a ceremony at her private residence, Huis ten Bosch, in The Hague. Mr Leonhardt, 80, teaches the harpsichord at the Amsterdam Conservatory and is the organist of the capital's main church, the Nieuwe Kerk.“
Visit website for more information. (ed.): Royal award for musician Gustav Leonhardt
The Grand River Baroque Festival presents its 8th season on the beautiful grounds of the Buehlow Barn in Ayr and in Paris , Ontario (Canada), June 19, 20 & 21, 2009. Artistic directors Guy Few and Nadina Mackie Jackson present a feast of string symphonies, concerti for violin, trumpet, bassoon and lute, featuring beloved and rare works including Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Superstar chamber music guests include Flanders Recorder Quartet and Folia. Invigorate the senses in a weekend of exciting music, spectacle, and food, commencing with the masquerade concert and party on June 19. Celebrate the Baroque from a new perspective. Join us for A Breath of Fresh Air!
Visit website for contact and ticket sale information (ed.): Grand River Baroque Festival
Handel – the European
The Halle Handel Festival 2009 is under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Horst Köhler.
In this major Handel anniversary year of 2009, we cordially invite you to come and experience the music of the great master of Halle at venues he knew during his youth. With performances by world-class musicians, pieces well-known and pieces newly discovered, for Halle, the city of Handel, 2009 is a year of festivities and you are warmly invited to join in the celebrations with us.
Australia's first Baroque Music Festival is coming to Perth from 18th - 21st September 2009. A celebration of the music of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and other greats of the Baroque era.
Go for Baroque - it's the New Music of the 21st Century!
Why an Australian Baroque Music Festival?
Baroque music, composed between 1600 and 1750, is the New Music of the 21st Century. Over the last 40 or so years, music scholars, performers and audiences have been discovering just how vibrant, elegant and relevant to our lives this music is.
The International Baroque Institute at Longy offers a comprehensive program for professional and pre-professional singers and players of Baroque violin, cello, recorder, traverso, oboe, viola da gamba, harp, lute and harpsichord, taught by an unparalleled international faculty. Other instrumentalists or continuo players are welcome to participate in chamber ensembles or the institute orchestra. The seminar features eight full days of master classes, ensembles, orchestra sessions, continuo coaching, concerts, lectures and projects, and opportunity for public performances. To provide the highest level learning experience, we select our faculty from among the finest performers and teachers in the field of Baroque music.
The Venice-Dresden Connection: A Seminar on Baroque music of Italy and Germany.
Friday, July 24, to Sunday, August 2, 2009
“ .. . As beautiful, authentic sounds fill the Fountain Court, the work of period artists are a feast for the eyes as well. The organ—with its 600 pipes and lavishly carved, painted and gilded 22-foot case—is the centerpiece of a new installation that highlights over 30 major Baroque paintings and sculpture from the Gallery's permanent collection. ..“
Visit website for more information. (ed.) : University of Rochester - Memorial Art Gallery - Italian Baroque Organ
“A message from Borys Medicky, Artistic Director of Nota Bene Period Orchestra:
After eight years and more than fifty successful concerts in Waterloo Region and Guelph, we find ourselves in a serious financial situation. As a result, we had to make changes to the final two concerts of our 2008-2009 season. We will now be finishing the season on May 16th with a fundraiser and a concert of Baroque Favourites:
Bach, Double Violin concerto; Marais, a suite from Alcyone
Purcell, a suite from the Fairy Queen; Telemann, "La Bizarre," an orchestral suite
Handel, a trio sonata; Purcell, a solo keyboard suite
The following is a summary of upcoming events with the Early Music Guild of Oregon (EMGO). Of note are the summer courses:
“Oregon Renaissance Band will give a concert "Early Music of Scandinavia" on Sunday, May 17, 2009, at 2:30pm as part of the Camerata Musica series in Salem, Oregon. The concerts are held at the Salem Public Library, 585, Liberty St. SE, Salem, OR in the Loucks Lecture Hall. Free Admission. Music by Dowland, Brade, Borchgrevinck, Pederson, Schattenberg, Willaert, and others, performed on voices, recorders, violin, lute, harp, sackbuts, double reeds, and many others. Also included on the program is the strange story and music of the "Netherworldly Outdoor Concert" related by Heinrich Meyer of Bergen in 1695.
Community Music Center Summer Early Music Classes session begins Thursday, July 9, 2009. See Local News/Portland page.
Oregon Renaissance Band is planning holiday concerts on December 18 at the Hillsboro Arts Center, and December 26 and 27 at the Community Music Center in Portland.”
Visit website (events page) for more information. (ed.): EMGO
A short YouTube video (10 minutes) to the Aquila factory where gut strings are wound.
Visit YouTube video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_Cwe_pz0Uo
“Music-loving psychiatrist, Dr. Ralph Schureck has brought together one of the most important collection in the world. He has the largest collection of early keyboards in Australia, and many are rare and have historical connections. Ralph says that the 1793 Stodart forte piano may have been played by Haydn himself, and is one of only a handful of early English pianos in existence, and the 1816 Broadwood grand piano is a model much loved by Beethoven.“
Visit website for a short video and notes: ABC Segment on Dr. Ralph Schureck
“We are very excited to welcome you to our first season as artistic directors. Our plans extend well into the future, building on the superb legacy of the previous directors of this festival, and introducing the Contemporary Baroque Training Institute in 2010. As wind performers who also revel in the beauties of strings, voices and keyboards, we look forward to sharing our unique perspective. We promise to bring you unusual and scintillating repertoire along with beloved standards.
Plan on attending this fine festival in Urbino (IT). Details of their complete early music summer workshop can be found here. (ed.)
“At very few places do music and architecture join as closely together as at the Stimmwerck Tage, near to Regensburg.
In the August of each year, in seclusion from the hustle and bustle of the city, listeners dip into the atmosphere of early vocal music in the venerable abbey church.
In 2009, Leonhard Paminger (1495 – 1567) takes center stage in the Stimmwerck Days Festival. In close cooperation with the Musicology Institute (Institut für Musikwissenschaft) of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich , a cross-section of his work will be brought to auditory life on the Adlersberg.
After the events of the day are over, the artists look forward to a friendly communal drink in the cloister tavern next door.“
Visit website for more information. (ed.): (DE) Stimmwercktage – Stimmwerck Days Festiva
(You may also see a short video from the Stimmwercktage 2008 on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loGbqR3aZ2g )
“Join us for our next “weeklong extravaganza of early music” (The Boston Herald) featuring:
|•||a fully-staged Baroque Opera featuring world-renowned opera soloists and the Grammy-nominated BEMF Orchestra|
|•||over a dozen Festival Concerts by the world’s leading soloists and ensembles, plus the Organ and Keyboard Mini-Festivals|
|•||the BEMF Exhibition, the field’s largest trade show of early music industry professionals|
|•||Fringe Concerts by established and emerging artists|
|•||Public Symposia on a broad range of topics|
|•||the BEMF CD Store, with thousands of superb recordings and hard-to-find titles|
|•||Performance Masterclasses led by Festival artists|
|•||Family Day programs, fostering the next generation of early music artists|
and much more!“
Visit website for more information (ed): BEMF
Summer School of Early Music 2009 is an Early Music course targeting the historically informed performance mainly of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music. This year some of the recorder classes will concentrate on the contemporary or folk music.
The programme of the course includes individual lessons, group teaching of techniques, ensemble playing, listening workshops, lectures, and concerts of lecturers and participants and lots of chances to play with fellow participants (instrumentalists as well as vocalists) from all over the World.
Prachatice is situated in the southern part of Czech Republic, c. 30 km east of České Budějovice, 130 km south from Prague, 200 km north-east of Munich and 200 km north-west of Vienna.
The town is fascinating primarily because of its large medieval fortifications, entrance gate with battlements, dominant late Gothic church, the Old Town-Hall with inner porticos and a number of Renaissance buildings.
Peter Holtslag Recorder, Baroque flute
Alan Davis Recorder
Kerstin de Witt Recorder
Jostein Gundersen Recorder
Jan Rokyta Recorder
Liselotte Rokyta Panpipes
Rebecca Stewart Early singing
Mami Irisawa Early singing
Julie Braná Recorder
Monika Devátá Recorder - Children's Class
Jan Kvapil Recorder
Edita Keglerová Harpsichord
Visit website for more information (ed.): Prachatice Summer School of Early Music
An acclaimed series of summer courses and concerts jointly sponsored by Early Music Vancouver & the School of Music, University of British Columbia:
- July 26 through July 31: Lute Workshop West
Faculty: Robert Barto; Jacob Heringman; Nigel North; Pat O’Brien; Grant Tomlinson and with the participation of Ray Nurse
- July 26 through August 7 Baroque Vocal Programme“The Compleat Singer”
Course co-directors: Ray Nurse & Margret Gries
Ellen Hargis voice
Steven Adby gesture, dance & stage movement
Ray Nurse vocal coachings, lute, performance practice
Margret Gries vocal coachings, philosophy, harpsichord
Michael Jarvis vocal coachings, harpsichord
The “XXIIÈME Festival International de Musique” announce their programme.
With the participation of the following ensembles (more than 150 musicians) :
Le Chœur d’enfants Cantate Domino (9, 11 & 14 July)
L’ensemble « Caminos 2011 » (9 & 10 July)
Les solistes du Conservatoire Itinérant (9, 10 & 13 July)
Le Poème Harmonique (11 July)
« Le Tendre Amour » (13 July)
Les jeunes organistes naboriens (10 & 11 July)
With the participation of conductors Vincent Dumestre, Gabriel Garrido, Esteban Mazer, David de Geest
Visit website for more information: Le Couvent
The “Festival des Sept Roses de Saint Quirin en 2009” has announced its programme.
Samedi 16 – 20h30 Espace Pierre Fachat
« Les orgues oubliées du Pérou »
Dimanche 14 – 17h30 Église prieurale
Voix et orgue au Festival des Sept Roses
Musiques sacrées et profanes (Bach, Haendel, Mozart…)
Dimanche 5 : Saint-Quirin
Journée « Pérou magique »
Vendredi 31 juillet
17h, auditorium du Couvent de Saint-Ulrich
Accueil des stagiaires et symposium d’ouverture du 3ème stage international de clavecin de Saint-Quirin
Blandine Verlet will host harpsichord and chamber music masterclasses in Paris from May 30th to June 1st , 2009. The masterclasses are offered to all levels of harpsichordists and for those interested in chamber music.
“”This year marks the 5th edition of Musica Antica a Serrapetrona, offering you 8 days of Baroque Music in a medieval town in the heart of Italy. Daily lessons, concerts, excursions to historical monuments and wine cellars, all in a unique and inspiring landscape: all of this for just EUR 290,- inclusive acccomodation.
Teacher: Marco Vitale, organ, chamber music and basso continuo
(FR) Summer course in harpsichord, clavichord, and organ -- Saint-Quirin (Moselle) (July 31-Aug. 7, 2009)
The “Festival des Sept Roses de Saint-Quirin” announce their summer course programme in harpsichord, clavichord, organ, musical rhetoric, singing and improvisation.
Faculty members include:
- Monique Zanetti: chant (professeur au Conservatoire d’Aix en Provence)
- Aline Zylberajch: clavecin (professeur au Conservatoire de Strasbourg)
- Etienne Baillot: clavicorde (professeur aux Conservatoires de Chambéry et Dole)
- Pierre-Alain Clerc: rhétorique musicale, orgue (professeur au Conservatoire deLausanne et au Centre de Musique Ancienne de Genève)
- Christophe Durant: orgue (titulaire de l’orgue de St Quirin et professeur au Conservatoire de Musique de Saint-Avold)
- Markus Schwenkreis: improvisation (professeur à la Schola Cantorum de Bâle)
In 2010, Viols in Our Schools & the GambaCast will host the First Internet Viola da Gamba Composer's Project which seeks composers to write new works for unaccompanied 7-string bass viol to be presented in a New Music recital performed by Phillip W. Serna at Valparaiso University in the Spring of 2010. Video and audio content will be created and owned by the composer with distribution promotional use on the GambaCast video podcast. The Project and the composer(s) could each use the content to promote the work(s).
To learn more about the Viola da Gamba Composer Project, please visit www.violsinourschools.org & www.thegambacast.org.
Please contact Dr. Serna by email: email@example.com for information on how to submit your proposal.
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