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(US) BuzzFeed Article: How Music Lists are Made Up (for you) (by Reggie Ugwu, 12 July 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jul 28, 2016

(From a recent article in BuzzFeed ... note the large image file at the very top of the article ... just keep scrolling down to find the text ... Marc Paré, EarlyMusicNews.org editor)

"For a while we thought we could choose our own music. Remember that? In the wake of the last century we seized the right to take our pick from all of the songs in the world (All of the songs in the world!) and told anyone who didn’t like it exactly where they could go. And when it turned out that was too many songs after all (how many lifetimes are needed for a complete survey of Memphis soul? Or Brazilian funk?), a new category of music services appeared to ease our burden. ...


(FR) Opera Today Review: "Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno in Aix" (by Michael Milenski, 09 Jul 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jul 10, 2016

... "The Triumph of Time and Disillusion was composed in 1707 in Rome by the 22 year-old German composer Georg Friedrich Händel. Opera was banned in Rome, the pontifical city firmly in the grips of the artistic terrors of the Counter Reformation, i.e. opera was banned." ...


(US) Arts Journal Blogs Article: "Storm Warnings: The Future of Orchestras" (by Joe Horowitz, 21 June 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 23, 2016

"... In other words: the young musicians orchestras most need will not gravitate to orchestras. Instead, orchestras will get the blinkered conservatory graduates who don’t care about the institutional life of an orchestra – who will dutifully rehearse and perform. It therefore becomes more than ever incumbent upon orchestras to empower musicians to more fully participate in an expansive institutional mission.  ...


(ES) Ars Antiqua Early Music Morella 2016 (23-28 Jul 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 15, 2016

V International Course on Medieval & Renaissance Music

"The combination of the historical music elements with the oral tradition is the essence of EMM, music to understand or to enjoy from its knowledge and reasoning. In the 5th edition, in addition to the festival concerts and interpretation classes, the audience can enjoy a multitude of parallel activities (guided tours, exhibitions, conferences, Dadá Med_Ren JamSessions, workshops...). It will be a pleasure to share it with all of you. ...


(US) Los Angeles Times: "Race, inequality, polarized politics: Why Shakespeare's 1623 First Folio matters in 2016" (Charles McNulty, 12 June 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 14, 2016

"A precious First Folio of Shakespeare plays, one of several on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, has arrived at the San Diego Central Library, where it will remain for the next month in a glass case under the watchful eye of a friendly (but don’t test him) security guard.

This volume of 36 plays from 1623 represents the first collection of the author’s dramatic writing. Many of the dramas, including “Macbeth,” “As You Like It” and “The Tempest,” were published for the first time in this edition. Without this publication, some of the greatest masterpieces of dramatic literature might have been lost. ...


(US) Longread Article: "Bringing Bach to the Public" (Jessica Gross, June 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 13, 2016

"... Afterward, I introduced myself to the musician. Her name was Michelle Ross, and it turned out this was the culmination of “Discovering Bach,” her 33-day project playing Bach’s entire solo violin cycle in public spaces throughout New York City. She kept a blog throughout, but hadn’t promoted the series anywhere; she wanted to create an authentic communal experience, not do a publicity stunt. ...


(UK) Cardiff University News: "Rare Renaissance musical treasures discovered" (06 June 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 13, 2016

"Dr Peter Leech, Associate Lecturer at the School of Music, recently made an exciting discovery while researching at Ushaw College Library, near Durham.

Hunting for eighteenth-century sacred music by Italian composers (a search which also proved fruitful), Dr Leech found, tucked between weighty ecclesiastical tomes in the Lisbon College Archive, a single volume containing the first editions, bound together, of two landmark Renaissance musical treatises, De Harmonia Musicorum (Milan, 1518) by Franchinus Gaffurius (1451-1522) and Musica Theorica (Venice, 1529) by Lodovico Fogliano (c.1475-1542). ...


(DE) Tree Edition ~ Music for the Lute: Recently Released Items

Contributed by admin on Jun 12, 2016

New items published by TREE EDITION July 2016 for the lute:

  • Series:  The Rostock Lute Mss, Rostock 8,  Facsimile of Rostock Ms Mus Saec XVIII-13,2 a-c; 4 Suites for Baroque Lute del Sign. Daube; 2 Arias by Graun & Hasse Lute in French Tablature / Euro 25.-
  • Giulio Abundante Intabulatura di Lautto / Libro Secondo; Venice, 1548; Facsimile / Renaissance tuning / ItalianTablature / Euro 20.-
  • Thomas Robinson The Schoole of Musicke; London 1603; Facsimile / Renaissance tuning / French Tablature / Euro 25.-
  • ...

(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog: "Saturday morning quotes 6.4: Repetition"

Contributed by admin on Jun 12, 2016

"There is a great deal of repetition in our daily lives—in the familiar routines we follow from our waking moments, as a means of safety or efficiency in our work, or as embodied in rituals of worship.  Repetition is an important component of the process of learning and refinement, from a toddler taking his or her first steps to a violinist who is driven to internalize Bach’s solo Sonatas and Partitas. ...


(CA) I Furiosi Baroque Ensemble Concert: "Fish out of Water" + Silent Auction! (24 June 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 12, 2016

Location: Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave, Toronto Ontario, CA

"People have been trekking across the planet, making homes in foreign lands since before the invention of the wheel. Composers, susceptible to the musical whims of Royals and Nobles, have always had to turn up in new places, suffer alienation and try to fit in.
I FURIOSI welcomes flautist Jed Wentz from Amsterdam and harpsichordist James Johnstone from London to experience the culture shock of Toronto Pride week.

Works by Telemann, Couperin, Rameau and more" ...

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