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(UK) HMS Metals in Musical Instruments (September 12-14 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Jul 10, 2008
Historical Metallurgy Societly Annual Conference 2008: Metals in Musical Instruments, 12th-14th September, Oxford, UK

"The conference will be based in the Holywell Music Rooms, the oldest surviving purpose built concert hall in Europe. The Holywell Music Rooms, which are attached to Wadham College, were built in 1748 and Handel is among the many famous musicians and composers who have appeared here.

Two concerts will be given in association with the HMS Conference "Metals in Musical Instruments".  Both will be held in the Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Oxford.  Tickets at £8 each, or £14 for both concerts, are available from Tickets Oxford, Tel 01865 305305 or o­nline at www.oxfordplayhouse.com/ticketsoxford.
  • The first concert, o­n Friday 12 September 2008 at 7.30pm, is introduced with a talk about the Music Room by John Melvin, and features a Harpsichord Recital and talk by Steven Devine.
  • The second concert, o­n Saturday 13 September 2008 at 7.45 pm, features a Brass Concert and talk by Crispian Steele-Perkins, accompanied by Steven Devine. ...


(DE) 29th Instrument Building Symposium, Stiftung Kloster Michaelstein

Contributed by Admin on Jul 08, 2008
October 24 – 26, 2008
History, Construction, and Techniques of Playing Clarinets
Lectures – Musical Demonstrations – Special Exhibit – Concert

Visit the Stiftung Kloster Michaelstein website for more information. (ed.)


(DE) Seminar: The Art of Recitative Singing, Stiftung Kloster Michaelstein

Contributed by Admin on Jul 08, 2008
November 20 – 23, 2008
Recitatives in the Music of Haydn and Mozart
Faculty Harry van der Kamp (Bremen)

Visit the Stiftung Kloster Michaelstein website for more information. (ed.)


(DE) Solo and Chamber Music Seminar, Stiftung Kloster Michaelstein

Contributed by Admin on Jul 08, 2008
November 13–16, 2008

18th Century German Solo and and Chamber Music
Recorders, Violin/Viola, Viola da gamba, Cello, Harpsichord/Clavichord
...

(DE) 22nd Summer Academy for Early Music, Stiftung Kloster Michaelstein

Contributed by Admin on Jul 08, 2008
July 14 – 19, 2008 
"In preparation for Haydn Year 2009, this year's Summer Academy focuses o­n small and large scale instrumental works by the genius and his contemporaries. From the single Sonata for Piano and Violin, the solo concertos to o­ne of the late symphonies, the unbelievably colourful creations of themaster offer a wealth of material. A programme for the official closing concert with chamber and orchestral music will be prepared during the course week. There will also be dance training and training in body posture; this will provide an enriching element to the course by improving understanding of Haydn's music as well as the ability to cope with instrumental challenges. ...

(IT) X Corso Internazionale di Musica Antica (July 23-30/2008)

Contributed by Admin on Jul 07, 2008
"At last the International early music course comes to its 10th edition, this time offering students the opportunity to study with some of the finest musicians of early music in the world, to enjoy great concerts and exhibitions of instrument makers and music editors. Moreover this year we are proud to host the world-renowned French harpsichordist Pierre Hantaï. From the first time since its beginning the course will take place in the town of Romano Canavese, a place full of history and culture, that will reveal its hidden treasures and historical buildings to students and teachers. ...

(CA) International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) Open Letter (Website Reopening)

Contributed by Admin on Jul 07, 2008
"(June 29 2008)
Dear Friends of IMSLP, Former Users, Contributors and Supporters:

Some people have doubted that we would keep our word. Some people have questioned our competence. Some people have sworn, despite being sympathetic, that IMSLP was struck down o­nce and forever.

I am here to prove them wrong.

It is with great joy that I bring you news of the resurrection of IMSLP. We continue to believe that the access to our culture and the Arts is a fundamental right of every human being. And holding this belief, we continue in our journey towards the goals of providing public access to the musical public domain, and the facilitation of the study of music, the understanding of music, and the enjoyment of music. ...

(IT) Giornate di Studio all’Antica Casa Fenaroli (Workshop September 2-4,2008)

Contributed by Admin on Jul 02, 2008
The Harpsichord: solo and accompaniment instrument
Differences and similarities between solo repertoire and basso continuo practice in 18th Century harpsichord music

Coach: Marco Vitale ...

(US) Boston Early Music Festival Announces 2009 Festival Operatic Centerpiece

Contributed by Admin on Jul 01, 2008

Boston Early Music Festival
Announces 2009 Festival Operatic Centerpiece
Antiochus und Stratonicaby
Christoph Graupner (1683–1760)
~~ Modern World Premiere ~~   ...

Gianfranco Mari: SCARLATTI "LA DIRINDINA" -- giant harpsichord used as a stage

Contributed by Admin on Jun 22, 2008

This was mentioned o­n some discussion lists where a giant "harpsichord" stage was constructed for the production of "La Dirindina". The selection is from YouTube. Enjoy.


Indefatigable Musicians win Fenton House Competition (UK)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 22, 2008

Musici Infaticabili
, or the Indefatigable Musicians, lived up to their name when, after weeks of preparation and two elimination rounds, they took First Prize (£800) in the Finals of the Early Keyboard Ensemble Competition at Fenton House held o­n 29th May. The members of the group, Marta Goncalves (flute), Claire Bracher (viola da gamba) and Erik Dippenaar (harpsichord), impressed the jury of early music specialists with their sensitive and stylish rendition of an 18th century French suite. Audiences will be able to hear this gifted young trio perform again at a celebratory Gala Concert to be held at 8pm o­n Thursday August 14th. The Competition was the first of its kind to be held before an audience in this 17th century National Trust House. Finals Night featured the five groups that the jury had previously selected from a field of 12 in the first round and all used an 18th century English harpsichord from the Benton Fletcher Collection for their auditions. The Competition’s Audience Prize (£200) was awarded following a ballot, to the charismatic musicians of The Little Baroque Company (Helen Kruger, violin; Kinga Gábor Jáni-Szabó, cello; Laura Tivendale, harpsichord). ...

(IT) Laboratorio di musica antica-Musica vocale sacra del medioevo (Aug. 24-30)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 03, 2008
Alia Musica
Laboratorio di musica antica
Musica vocale sacra del medioevo
direzione musicale: Claudia Caffagni
in la collaborazione del Comune di Fontevivo (PR)
Seminario Estate 2008 - dal 24 al 30 agosto
(I Mottetti latini del Codice di Bamberg)

This course will study in depth the repertory of some of the forty-four Latin Motets contained in the Bamberg Codex (Bamberg, Staatl. Libr. Ed. IV. 6), a parchment paper manuscript of probable Parisian compilation, which goes back to the last quarter of the 13th Century. Beyond the richness of its musical material, the Codex is particularly interesting from the point of view of its notation. This notation is particularly homogeneous due to the fact that it was entrusted to a single scrivener, and thus has all the characteristics of the so-called modal notation but with a series of revisions which make it easier to decipher and which allow, today, a direct reading without particular difficulties
....

(US) Harpsichord Workshop XVIII (Santa Fe, New Mexico) (July 27-Aug. 1/08)

Contributed by Admin on May 31, 2008
SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
HARPSICHORD WORKSHOP XVIII
SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
JULY 27-AUGUST 1, 2008

LEGACIES: LANDOWSKA, O'KEEFFE
CENTENARY: HUGO DISTLER
REPERTORY STUDIES: BACH, SCARLATTI, DUPHLY

JANE CLARK and STEPHEN DODGSON (London)
LINDA RANEY and PAUL WOLFE (Santa Fe): Repertoire and Lectures
GLENN SPRING (Denver): Commissioned Harpsichord Work
LARRY PALMER (Dallas): Director and Master Classes

Join us in "the Land of Enchantment" for stimulating musical experiences, including the American premiere of Stephen Dodgson's Carillon Concertante (2 harpsichords and strings), the world premiere of Glenn Spring's harpsichord work based o­n photographs of Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Wolfe's reminiscences of lessons with Wanda Landowska, and Linda Raney's look at some special organ repertoire.

(BE) International Gregorian Festival of Watou

Contributed by Admin on May 18, 2008
We are proud to announce you the tenth edition of the International Gregorian Festival of Watou. It will be held from 20 May until 24 May 2009. This is the Ascension weekend. ...

Red Priest

Contributed by Upbeatclassical on Apr 30, 2008
Red Priest is o­ne of the major success stories o­n the international early music scene today. ...

(US) WEKA conference (Berkeley, California) (June 8, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 29, 2008
"The Western Early Keyboard Association (WEKA) will present a o­ne-day conference (10 am - 4:30 pm) as part of the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition o­n June 8, 2008, at  MusicSources, 1000 The Alameda, Berkeley, California.

Registration (including lunch) is free for WEKA members and $45  (including lunch) for non-WEKA members; for seniors over 65 the fee is $35 and for students $25. 2008 ­ 2009 membership dues are due June 1. Dues are: regular - $45, senior over 65 - $35, and students $25. WEKA dues may be sent directly to Sandy Petty at MusicSources. When sending membership dues, please indicate if you will attend the June 8 conference. ...

(DE) Vocational training for medieval music starting in Germany (October 2008)

Contributed by Evers on Apr 29, 2008
The BURG FÜRSTENECK Academy (Hesse, Germany) is starting a wordwide unique vocational training for musicians in medieval music. It will begin in October 2008 and will include 12 meetings of three days each within two years. Lecturers are Marc Lewon and Uri Smilansky. ...

(BE) MAfestival 2008 (August 1-10, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 28, 2008
"About politics and power in English early music!?

To what extent did music lend its voice to political and cultural ideas of its time? How did composers react to the permanently changing relations between art, politics and society? Or, how did political and religious rulers manage to involve composers in the organised spreading of their ideals?

The 2008 edition of the Festival of Flanders - Bruges, Musica Antiqua - from now o­n MAfestival - focuses o­n some of the political aspects of early music in England. What was it that incited a prominent member of the Royal Chapel like William Byrd to compose almost 200 works in Latin, including several catholic masses, at a time when the Reformation of Queen Elisabeth did forbid it? What was the hidden agenda of Thomas Morley when he composed his Oriana madrigals? 'Long live Elisabeth'? Or indeed 'au contraire'? How did John Blow succeed, at the dawn of the English opera, to insert his Venus & Adonis into the ideas of nation building? And what did Bach and Abel have in common with freemasonry? These and other political questions are to be found within the diversified offer of concerts the 45th edition of the festival is proposing. ...

(IT) XI Festival Musicale Estense: Course STILE ITALIANO (25-29 June, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 25, 2008
In response to numerous requests for master-classes by its renowned guest performers, Grandezze & Meraviglie, the XIth Festival of Music from the Estense Collection, launches a series of residential Early Music courses in the ideal period location of the Corte Ospitale di Rubiera. In partnership with Rubiera City Council and the Province of Reggio Emilia, as well as with its traditional sponsors, theFestival intends to create an opportunity to reflect o­n performance practice in Italian music of the 17thand 18th century. This period is o­ne of the most creative and prolific in the history of music. ...

(IT) Musica Antica a Serrapetrona (July 27-August 3, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 25, 2008
Musica Antica a Serrapetrona 2008
Early Music Summer Courses

  • Organ & Harpsichord
  • Baroque Cello
  • Baroque Singing - NEW!
  • Chamber Music,
  • Basso Continuo ...


(AT) Renaissance Day at Ambras Castle (August 15, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 22, 2008
In conjunction with the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music 2008" -- Renaissance Day at Ambras Castle

Entertainers, stilt-walkers in fancy-dress and music for big and little Festwochen-Fans. Free entrance.

Visit Innsbruck Festival of Early Music website for more information. 

(AT) Symposium (August 11, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 22, 2008
In conjunction with the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music 2008.

"Die Moral von der Geschicht" - the oratorio in the 17th Century René Jacobs and international music scholars In conversation with the audience.  Free entrance.

Visit Innsbruck Festival of Early Music website for more information.

(AT) Innsbruck Festival of Early Music (August 7-24, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 22, 2008
The Age of Miracles
The 32nd Innsbruck Festival of Early Music 2008 focuses o­n Handel’s Belshazzar und further oratorio works.

The Old Testament, the text central to two world religions, relates of a mythical age when God intervened physically and by means of omens in human lives – the Age of Miracles. These biblical stories of revelation together with selected legends of the Saints furnished the Baroque period with ideal material for its preoccupation with the concept of pathos. Italy was the birthplace of a new, religious counterpart to opera which was then perfected in Rome: the oratorio. Three works based o­n biblical themes are at the centre of the 32nd Innsbruck Festival 2008 – two of them as staged productions. ...


(AT) International Summer Academy for Early Music (July 27 - August 2, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 22, 2008
"Graz (Austria), July 27 to August 2, 2008
This is the second International Academy for Early Music which will be organized by the Institute of Early Music and Performance Practice of the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz (KUG) this summer.

It will offer a broad selection of master courses, a variety of chamber music with various instruments and additional courses for professional musicians, students and highly advanced amateurs. All courses may also be attended passively. ...

(US) Claremont Colleges' Rare Musical Instrument Collection Is Sold

Contributed by Admin on Apr 22, 2008
"By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer April 21, 2008

For lovers of rare musical instruments, the Fiske Museum at the Claremont Colleges long has been an astonishing if somewhat mysterious collection.

Its 1,200 instruments from around the world include an 18th century Italian mandolin, unusual over-the-shoulder military brasses from the Civil War era, a gourd fiddle from Africa and a 9-foot-long temple trumpet from Tibet. ...

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