"The term, airs de cour, describes four- or five-part polyphonic songs extracted from extravagant spectacles of music and dance staged at the French royal court, known as ballets de cour.
Not unlike more modern songs drawn from popular musicals by Gershwin or Kern and published with piano accompaniment, evocative French airs were arranged and published for domestic use in the then standard performance format of solo voice and lute, enabling the less illustrious members of the public to indulge in the latest hit tunes whistled by those in the royal court. ...
(US) Smithsonian.com Article: "Lavishly Illustrated Medieval Playing Cards Flouted the Church and Law" (by Marissa Fessenden, 01 Feb 2016)
"Much changes over the centuries—customs, costumes and food spring to mind. Games from centuries past have also evolved; though intriguing, most of the time, ancient games prove unplayable if you don't know their rules. This is not the case with card games, however. While the painted images on early cards might look different, the game itself is familiar, as an exhibition at the Cloisters in New York, shows. ...
"Phantasm has been nominated in the Chamber category in this year's BBC Music Magazine Awards for its sublime collection of music by William Lawes.
The album has already been named 'Chamber Recording of 2015' by Limelight Magazine and is also a Finalist in the 2016 International Classical Music Awards. ...
Founded and lead since 1986 by Michel Laplénie, Sagittarius celebrates its 30th year in 2016 before putting to an end its activities. This anniversary year will showcase concert events punctuating Sagittarius' 30 years of involvement in Baroque music performances. The time has come to take leave and make place for new and emerging, young and talented ensembles, many inspired by Miche Laplénie.
As final contribution to the early music scene, there will be one final recording of Schütz's emblematic work : Musikalische Exequien. ...
(SE) BIS Records AB New Releases: "Mozart – Piano Concertos Nos 5 & 6 etc" and "Bach – Secular Cantatas, Volume 6"
BIS Records AB annouces two new releases for the month of February 2016:
Mozart – Piano Concertos Nos 5 & 6 etc
BIS-2084 | SACD EAN 7318599920849 TT: 69'30
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No.5 in D major, K 175
Piano Concerto No.6 in B flat major, K 238
Three Concertos after J. C. Bach, K 107 (D major, G major, E flat major)
Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano
Die Kölner Akademie / Michael Alexander Willens
On the final stretch of their series of Mozart’s piano concertos, Ronald Brautigam, Michael Willens and Die Kölner Akademie are working their way backwards through the composer’s catalogue. Here, on the penultimate disc, they have reached the earliest of the original works, composed in 1773 and 1776 respectively. ...
"The Polar Music Prize 2016 is awarded to the mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli from Rome, Italy. With a vocal range of three octaves and a unique ability to live a role with fullness of expression, Cecilia Bartoli has developed song as an art form. Cecilia Bartoli has spellbound audiences in the world’s great opera houses, but is not content with the well-known repertoire. She has also dug deeply into the history of music and presented long-lost music from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries that is completely new to today’s audiences. ...
"There he connected with another foreign born musician, G.F. Handel who, in the 18th century was up to his elbows in opera production. Handel eventually named Caporale his principal cellist for which he wrote several solo obbligato parts ...
"My mind is blank, but down one inch deep I have, we have, access. Access to what happened before—the universe is embedded in all of us. Is that too dreamy? What we heard, what was seen, what was felt…all that was picked up along the way. As moments click by, we find ourselves moving through time and space picking up fragments of experience. Our senses are tuned to what we want to hear and what we want to block. ...
The 2016 Festival "Passe ton Bach d'abord"'s theme is centered around the "concerto" which appeared during the Baroque period.
For the opening concert, 2 magnificient concertos, JS Bach's Brandenburg concerfto with two natural horns, and CPE Bach's concerto for cello in a minor. ...
Location: London UK
News from Spitalfields that they "we've got summer sorted"! "24 days of sumptuous early music, intriguing contemporary collaborations and spellbinding choral sounds collide in some of East London's most unexpected places, plus fun for little ones (and grown-ups) too. ...
(AT) 7th International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti (21-28 Aug 2016)(Application Deadline: 15 May 2016)
Location: Innsbruch Austria
"“The International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti” will take place in Innsbruck for the seventh time. Named after the Italian composer Pietro Antonio Cesti, who turned Innsbruck into a centre for the Italian opera north of the Alps in the mid-17th century, young singers from all over the world with a special talent and training will compete in the varied field that is the baroque opera for participation in the final concert on 26.08.2016. ...
"This album is a journey into the German school of music for solo viola de gamba and takes place in the years between 1705 and 1729. There are twenty-four years of music history between the earliest and latest pieces, namely the works by Schenck (1660 - 1712) and Telemann (1681 - 1767) respectively. In its own way, the programme symbolises the place occupied by instrumental music both in Germany and in Northern Europe as a whole in the first quarter of the 18th century. It is a landscape which shows the wide range of different influences on this repertoire - whether English, French or Italian - not to mention the extraordinary flowering of the German organ school and its stylus fantasticus. ...
From a recent Musicologie.org newsletter item, Michel Rusquet's fourth chapter from his "Three Centuries of Instrumental Music: A Journey of Discovery ... IV "Between Bach and Mozart""
In this instalment, Michel Rusquet takes a closer look at Johann Christian Bach's early beginnings to later influence and departure from his father's music style. "It made him the "London Bach" or even "the Bach of Milan". With this "youngest" of the son of the great Bach, we skip a generation, and - this explains it a bit - it deviates significantly from the family traditions." (Google Tranlsation) ...
After getting shut down late last year, a website that allows free access to paywalled academic papers has sprung back up in a shadowy corner of the Internet.
There’s a battle raging over whether academic research should be free, and it’s overflowing into the dark web.
Most modern scholarly work remains locked behind paywalls, and unless ...
La Serenissima with amongst others: L’Arpeggiata, Philippe Jaroussky, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Le Concert Spirituel, Collegium 1704, Vox Luminis, Ensemble Correspondances, Ghislieri Choir & Consort and many more.
Stephane MacLeod's Gli Angeli Genève will be artist in residence. ...
Founded in 2011, the "Orgue en France" association has given itself the mandate of taking inventory of all organs, whether in playing order or in disrepair in France. According to information pulled from its website, France holds five centuries of the craft of organ-making; 10,000 organs; hundreds of other organ societies/associations; 200 classes of organs; 80 enterprises of organ-makers and hundreds of thousands of organ lovers.
It's most recent project is to find and inventory lost and forgotten organs in France. They have thus far ...
Bach, Telemann, and Graupner do battle for the post of cantor at St. Thomas Church, Leipzig. Who will win the post of Cantor at St. Thomas Church? You listen and decide! ...
From recent postings from Dr. Phillip Serna, news of his very active and successful "Viols in our Schools" program. Follow Dr. Serna's account of his success stories and technique in his approach to teaching young students of the value of music, and, in particular, those of early music and music on viols. ...
Location: The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065
Loren Ludwig & John Mark Rozendaal, treble viols
Kivie Cahn-Lipman & James Waldo, tenor viols
Zoe Weiss & Douglas Kelley, bass viols
"Though often imagined as a primarily English ensemble, the viol consort had a rich history in France as another vehicle for that nation's characteristically colorful and expressive musical imagination. ...
(From a recent Innsbruck Festival of Early Music press release)
"In 2016 we celebrate our 40th anniversary! From July 19th to August 27th the city of Innsbruck will be once again filled with fabulous concerts and rare operas from the Renaissance and Baroque era.
The festival’s artistic director Alessandro De Marchi will conduct “Il matrimonio segreto” by Domenico Cimarosa, a prime example of the opera buffa, featuring outstanding singers like Vesselina Kasarova, Donato Di Stefano or Renato Girolami. De Marchi’s predecessor René Jacobs, who sang the first notes in the first ever festival concert in 1976, will be back in Innsbruck to conduct C. W. Gluck’s dark masterpiece “Alceste”. Another key event of the festival is the opera "Le nozze in sogno" that was only recently identified as being composed by Innsbruck's court composer Antonio Cesti. ...
(US) TribLive Article: "Pittsburgh Symphony retirees find the music goes on" (by Mark Kanny, 6 Feb 2016)
Although this article does not specifically speak of early music musicians, it may be of interest to some of us on the retirement decisions taken by some professional musicians (Marc Paré, EarlyMusicNews.org editor)
"Performing music is a consuming profession. The mental concentration and physical precision and accuracy required are intense. And after thousands of hours in childhood spent mastering an instrument and many thousands more in rehearsals and performances, retirement can be an appealing prospect. ...
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