"Once upon a time, early music was distinguished by two factors: 1) instruments are tuned to A=415, and 2) it must be played as fast as possible. In fact the two phenomena are somewhat related. When strings are slackened a bit they ...
"During this exploration of music from the Austro-German Baroque, Florilegium were joined by the baritone Roderick Williams in a programme of music which placed the music and career of J.S. Bach in the context of three older contemporaries: Franz Tunder (1614-67), Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1701) and Heinrich Biber (1644-1704). ...
(UK) Opera Today Review: "Monteverdi by The Sixteen at Wigmore Hall" (by Claire Seymour, 12 Nov 2015)
"This was a concert where immense satisfaction was derived equally from the quality of musicianship displayed and the coherence and resourcefulness of the programme presented....
(UK) Cambridge Early Music 2016 Summer Schools Jesus College, Cambridge (31 July-7 August/7-13 August 2016)
"Join us for a taste of Spain at our 2016 Summer Schools. Next summer we will move to a new venue in the stunning setting of Jesus College in the heart of historic Cambridge. All bedrooms are high-standard single study-bedrooms with en-suite and tea-making facilities. Car parking on-site is also available to course members. ...
A reminder to those of you who are early dance enthusiasts to visit the EarlyDance.org site for the list of upcoming dance dates, classes and concerts. EarlyDance.org is a central hub to the early dance community and is quite active. ....
From a recent posting on Facebook, Ketil Are Haugsand gives us a quick tour of the historical keyboards in the Nürnberg Collection. If you have not seen the collection, you can get a glimpse of it here ... but still best if you see it in person. (Marc, Editor EarlyMusicNews.org)
(From a recent The Sixteen newsletter)
"We are pleased to announce that Genesis Sixteen - the UK's leading free choral training programme for 18 - 23 year olds - is once again recruiting.
If you are passionate about choral singing and would like the opportunity to work closely with Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan, as well as ...
(DE) Covielo Classics New CD Release: "LA BATAILLE D'AMOUR Tabulatures & Chansons of the French Renaissance" (Nov. 2015) (Maria Ferré · Renaissance guitar, lute & direction)
"The desire of Maria Ferré was to combine two of the most important instruments for her, which have accompanied her during her musical career – the Renaissance lute and Baroque guitar – led her on her path towards the Renaissance guitar. The “master instrument” lute thereby profited from the sincere energy of the guitar. ...
(DE) L'Orfeo Barockorchester New CD Release: " "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy - String symphonies Nr. I–VI (Vol.1)" (Sep 2015)
(Viennese built fortepiano from ca 1815)
Stretching the reach of historically informed performance (HIP), a fresh look on the performance of Mendelssohn with fortepiano injected into the performance.
"Please note that the fellowship deadlines for the 2016-17 application cycle are different from last year. Long-Term Fellowship applications are due by 11:59 CST on November 15, 2015. Short-Term Fellowship applications are due by 11:59 CST on December 15, 2015.
Newberry fellowships provide support for researchers who wish to use our collection. We promise you intriguing and often rare materials; a lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers; individual consultations on your research with staff curators, librarians, and other scholars; and an array of both scholarly and public programs. ...
"This website provides links to substantial open-access projects of use to musicians and musicologists. With a burgeoning number of digital resources available, remembering titles of sites and pathways to them can be difficult. Digital Resources in Musicology (DRM) is organized topically and provides a rapid search tool for specialties within heterogeneous collections. ...
"Is humour an ancient human practice or a modern concept? Opinions differ – but either way, humour communicates something fundamental about society and what it means to be human. ... From the Renaissance onward, a large quantity of music directly connected to the carnival is known – jesting dances and, perhaps more surprisingly, a considerable number of grotesque texts accompanied by music that does not, as in the pieces by Lassus, Willaert, and Gabrieli, differ noticeably from more serious compositions. ...
(US) Tech Crunch Article: "Google Brings Street View To The Ancient City Of Petra" (by Frederic Lardinois, 23 Nov 2015)
"Google continues to expand the range of its Street View project. Today, the company is launching imagery from the ancient rock-cut city of Petra, in Jordan (and one of the seven wonders of the world, depending on which list you’re looking at), as well as imagery from 30 other historical sites in the country. ...
In a move that may be deplored or understood by some, Jordi Savall cancels his visit and performance in a migrant camp called "La Jungle" - the jungle. ,,,
(CA) Globe and Mail Review: "Review: In Mass Disruption, John Stackhouse charts the past and future of media" (by Clive Thompson, 13 Nov 2015)
"... we have the data, my friend, and they are sobering. As former Globe editor-in-chief John Stackhouse reports in his new book, when the paper analyzed its online traffic, they found that fully 40 per cent of the paper is read by fewer than 1,000 people. This benighted, much-ignored category includes “baseball, tennis and theatre reviews” – basically, a lot of arts and culture coverage. ...
(DE) L'Orfeo Barockorchester New CD Release: "Johann Sebastian Bach - Cantatas for Soprano solo" (Nov 2015)
"The recent release is the third CD with Dorothee Mields, one of the leading interpreters of music from the 17th and 18th centuries. Discovering these Bach vocal highlights with her was a profoundly enriching experience for us. ...
(UK) The Guardian Article: " 'Where are the brown people?': authors slam lack of diversity in UK publishing" (Alison Flood, 30 Nov 2015)
"But Shukla, who has led a groundswell of anger about the issue on social media after he highlighted the fact that the list of titles announced for 2016 World Book Night failed to include a single BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) writer ...
(US) The New York Times Article: "Google Cultural Institute Puts Us All Onstage" (by Michael Cooper, 01 Dec 2015)
"... The 360-degree videos are part of an innovative assemblage of performing arts groups that went online on Tuesday morning at the Google Cultural Institute ...
(UK) Opera Today Review: "L'ospedale - an anonymous opera rediscovered" (by Claire Seymore, 27 Nov 2015)
"L’Ospedale - a one-hour opera by an unknown seventeenth-century composer, with a libretto by Antonio Abati which presents a satirical critique of the medical profession of the day ...
"In this new release, Vincent Dumestre’s Le Poème Harmonique once again immerses us in the France of the second half of the 16th century, which witnessed the emergence of new centres of artistic activity. These ‘bourgeois’ societies were initiated by patron princes concerned with building their prestige through the arts and letters just as much as by arms. At the same time, refined circles held by cultivated women enabled them to ...
(From a recent Oxford Journals newsletter)
News from Oxford Journals that the latest instalment of the "Early Music" journal is now available online through the Oxford Journals online website. You can read up on this issue's contents which include..
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