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(FR) Harmonia Sacra Conference: "Musical History of Valenciennes (XIV-XVIIIth Centuries)" (10-12 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 25, 2016

Location: Multimedia Library, rue Ferrand - F-59300 Valenciennes

News from Harmonia Sacra this week of it's new website portal and online reorganization. As well, reminder of its upcoming conference:

"After several years of studying the city's archives,  Fabien Guilloux proposes to lead you to the discovery of a long unknown Valenciennes history: its musical history. Synthesis of his research and testimony of his recent discoveries, this cycle of conferences take you into the musical life of the city and its institutions from the 14th to the 18th centuries. An unprecedented look at heritage not to be missed! ...


(US) The New Yorker Article: "The Factory of Fakes - How a workshop uses digital technology to craft perfect copies of imperilled art." (by Daniel Zalewski, 28 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 24, 2016

" ... The man who led the facsimile project, a proudly dishevelled Englishman named Adam Lowe, was admiring the fake walls alongside me. Lowe prefers to call them “rematerialized” walls. He whispered, “Amazing—it looks just like the real thing, doesn’t it?” He is fifty-seven years old, and looks like what Paul McCartney might look like had McCartney never undergone restoration. Lowe, a former painter, who, in the nineteen-eighties, became obsessed with printmaking, runs Factum Arte, a “digital mediation” workshop that is based in Madrid. It took two years for Lowe and several dozen technicians to remake the Tutankhamun walls—considerably longer than the ancient Egyptians took to produce them. Perfecting the digital printout, he told me, had involved hundreds of hours of analog assessment: thousands of paint samples were mixed by hand, in Luxor, to match the tones in the original tomb, then compared with ink-jet outputs.  ...


(US) Public Radio International (PRI) Article: "Historians imagine what Paris sounded like in the 18th century" (by David Leveille, 21 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 24, 2016

"Imagine the sounds coming out of a busy blacksmith shop in an alleyway in Paris sometime back in the 18th century: the hammering of wrought iron, the rhythmic whoosh of air as the blacksmith uses a bellows to stoke a fire.

We have no recordings of the actual sounds of Paris in those early days, so to try and make those 18th-century streets and alleys of Paris come to life takes a bit of careful historical research and a little imagination.

That's where French musicologist Mylène Pardoen, who's been described as an "archaeologist of sound," comes in. She's created an "interpretation" of what Paris might have sounded like way back then. ...


(SE) eClassical CD Release: "C.P.E.Bach – Solo Keyboard Music, Vol. 32 (SpányiMiklós, Tangent Piano)" (10 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 24, 2016

"Even before the publication of the first collection of Clavier-Sonaten für Kenner und Liebhaber in 1779, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach began composing works intended for a follow-up. This time he expanded the original concept, however, and included not just three sonatas, but also three rondos 'for the fortepiano'. In his treatment of the rondo-form, Bach was – as always – a mould-breaker and in the ‘Kenner und Liebhaber’ rondos the refrain melody inevitably creeps into the episodes, which in turn wander through distant tonalities. The phrase structure is frequently asymmetrical, and the borders between sections are often blurred, making this rather schematic form into something of a roller-coaster ride. Taking note of Bach's instructions regarding the choice of instrument, Miklós Spányi performs them on a tangent piano, an early form of the piano. ...


(CA) Tafelmusik Winter Institute (05-11 Jan 2017)

Contributed by admin on Nov 23, 2016

Just a reminder of the Tafelmusik Winter Institute (TWI) in January 2017. (ed.)

" ... our fifth annual Tafelmusik Winter Institute, to be held in Toronto January 5–11, 2017. We will once again welcome a select group of period players to join us for an intensive week of specialized orchestral study.

This year we will focus on the string orchestra in baroque Italy, exploring music written in Rome, Bologna, Naples, and Venice 1650-1750, by composers such as Caldara, Corelli, Cazzati, Locatelli, Torelli, Scarlatti, Durante, Leo, and Vivaldi.  ...


(US) Start planning your June 2017 Boston Early Music Festival (11-18 Jun 2017)

Contributed by admin on Nov 23, 2016

(From a recent BEMF newsletter.)

"The complete line-up of Festival Concerts has just been announced for the June 2017 Boston Early Music Festival. You won't want to a miss a full week bursting with opera and concerts performed by some of the most engaging artists and ensembles on the world stage today!  ...


(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog: "Saturday Morning Quotes - Magnum Mysterium 3" (19 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 23, 2016

"In previous posts, we have offered background and details on versions by William Byrd and Tomás Luis de Victoria.  This week’s post is devoted to the beautiful setting of “O magnum mysterium” by Spanish composer, Cristóbal de Morales (c. 1500 – 1553), offering background and essential insights that lead to an historically-sensitive performance. ...


(US) REBEL CD Release: "Johann Gottlieb Goldberg - Beyond the Variations" (08 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 23, 2016

"J.G. Goldberg might just be the most famous composer whose music remains largely unheard. A child prodigy, his name has become almost a household term, thanks to Bach’s masterpiece, popularly known as the “Goldberg” Variations. Goldberg did not live to see age 30, and his body of surviving works is ...


(UK) The Renaissance Singers Workshop: "Winter Workshop with Deborah Roberts: Music for Maximilian" (16 Jan 2017)

Contributed by admin on Nov 23, 2016

Monday 16th January, 7pm - 9:30pm
St Sepulchre-without-Newgate 
London EC1A 2DQ

"This workshop will focus on the two composers working for Maximilian I, Heinrich Isaac and Ludvig Senfl. Born in the Netherlands around 1450, Isaac spent many years in Florence at the court of Lorenzo the Magnificent until the rise of Savonarola caused him, in 1497, to move to Vienna where he became court composer to Maximilian. Swiss born Senfl joined the Hofkapelle as boy chorister and studied under Isaac, taking over his role upon Isaac’s death. ...


(ES) Murcia Today Article: "Repair works in Lorca palace reveal 18th century flute" (Oct 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 22, 2016

"Following the major earthquake which hit Lorca in May 2011, substantial repairs were required to many of the historic buildings in the city of Lorca, amongst them the Palacio de Guevara. During the repair works a flute was discovered, which has now been examined and found to be an eighteenth century instrument, a very rare find in Spain. ...

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