Publication planned for: September 2015
Few now remember that the guitar was popular in England during the age of Queen Elizabeth and Shakespeare, and yet it was played everywhere from the royal court to the common tavern. This groundbreaking book, the first entirely devoted to the renaissance guitar in England, deploys new literary and archival material, together with depictions in contemporary art, to explore the social and musical world of the four-course guitar among courtiers, government servants and gentlemen. Christopher Page reconstructs the trade in imported guitars coming to the wharves of London, and pieces together the ...
(From a recent British Library post)
"As we are sure you are all aware, today (July 31st) is Uncommon Musical Instrument Appreciation Day, the day on which we are urged to take time to think about the rare and unusual instruments that have gone obsolete, or are otherwise beyond our ken. ...
(US) The New York Times Article: "Music Artists Take On the Business, Calling for Change" By Ben Sisario, 31 Jul 2015
State of affairs of online streaming. Although not specifically speaking of early music artists, this article does discuss some points that may be of interest to those who are keeping tabs on the ongoing tug of war between online streaming giants and musicians regarding compensation. -- Marc Paré, Editor, EarlyMusicNews.org
"Musicians are known for speaking out on issues like human rights, politics and the environment. They are less known for speaking out about how the music business itself should operate. ...
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Location: KU Leuven, Campus Carolus, Korte Nieuwstraat 33, Antwerp, Belgium
"Organised by the KU Leuven (Department of Musicology), Alamire Foundation (Leuven), AMUZ (Flanders Festival, Antwerp), in collaboration with Conference and Events Office KU Leuven.
THEME AND FOCUS
In August 2015 the Alamire Foundation, International Centre for the Study of Music in the Low Countries, and the KU Leuven Musicology Dept., will organize an ambitious conference centred on the music scribe Petrus Alamire and his manuscripts. The event will coincide with ...
"The International Young Artists Presentation held during Laus Polyphoniae 2015 has been rechristened the International Petrus Alamire Lab, for this years edition. The focus is on the musical oeuvre collected by Petrus Alamire in the countless manuscripts he created. Young musicians and ensembles draw inspiration from the music in Alamires manuscripts, leading to historical performances, contemporary adaptations or multidisciplinary creations. ...
A millennium after ancient Greeks transcribed their myths, medieval scribes refashioned the written word into a republic of letters.
"In ancient Greece, writing arose among traders and artisans doing business in the markets with foreigners and visitors from other cities. Their alphabet emerged not in scribal colleges or the king’s halls, nor was it brought by conquerors, but instead came ashore in the freewheeling, acquisitive, materialistic atmosphere of the agora, the Greek marketplace that also birthed democracy and the public sphere. ...
(From a recent Early Music Review newsletter)
From Early Music Review, news of fresh reviews that are now posted on their website.
"Brian Robins writes about The Gabrieli Consort and Players at the event formerly known as the Beaune Festival, Clifford Bartlett and Barbara Sachs comment on new editions, and a wide range of new HIP recordings is put under scrutiny by our team of regular contributors." ...
"Roses are red, violets are blue…and this week on Harmonia, we invite you to go tripping through the tulips with us as we bring you a program of early music with texts inspired by both romantic and symbolic associations with flowers. Later in the program we’ll feature Anonymous 4’s recent recording, 1865: Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War. ...
"When he was skilfully negotiating the not inconsiderable complexities, upheavals and strife of musical and religious life at the English royal court during the Reformation, Thomas Tallis (c.1505-85) could hardly have imagined that more than 450 years later people would be queuing round the block for the opportunity spend their lunch-hour listening to the music that he composed in service of his God and his monarch. ...
Publication planned for: August 2015
"This is the first book to combine museum-based conservation techniques with practical instructions on the maintenance, repair, adjustment, and tuning of virtually every type of historical musical instrument. As one of the world's leading conservators of musical instruments, Stewart Pollens gives practical advice on the handling, storage, display and use of historic musical instruments in museums and other settings, and provides technical information on such wide-ranging subjects as ...
"Cambridge Woodwind Makers is a not for profit organisation, whose trustees are commited to providing a platform from which to preserve and teach the skills associated with woodwind instrument making.
Located within the ACE Foundation cultural center at Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge, CB22 5BP, UK.
It is our objective to make a difference. By bringing together the best resources possible into a new visitors centre and learning environment, we can inspire new people to get making and improve the skills of those who are willing to learn.
With these skills learnt and preserved, we will continue to have ...
(From a recent Handel House newsletter)
"Two new instruments have recently joined the Handel House collection. A 1752 bureau organ by Joseph Snetzler and a 1754 double manual harpsichord by Jacob Kirkman were very generously donated in memory of Ellie Warburg (1932-2014) of Hamden, Connecticut, USA. Both instruments are now installed in the house and it is hoped that they will be used for performances before too long. ...
(US) The New Yorker August Issue Article: "I can't go on" "What's Behind Stagefright?" (By Joan Acocella)
We all suffer at some point of stagefright. But what are the reasons behind it and how does it affect some who perform on stage? (Marc Paré, Editor, EarlyMusicNews.org)
"Stagefright has not been heavily studied, which is strange because, as Solovitch tells us, it is common not only among those who make their living on the stage but among the rest of us, too. In 2012, two researchers at the University of Nebraska-Omaha ...
(US) Harmonia Early Music Podcast: "Plectrums, Pizzicato, And Plucks" by Janelle Davis Posted (20 Jul 2015)
"We’re devoting this edition of Harmonia to instruments of the plucked variety. Lutes, guitars, harps and harpsichords will pick and pizz us through the hour. Plus, a special tribute from Paul O’Dette for friend and fellow lute player Pat O’Brien who passed away in 2014, and a feature release from Armonia Celeste called Lover’s Beware.. ...
(From a recent newsletter)
"XVI Court Dance Festival "Cracovia Danza" is at the halfway point. In the Villa Decius on its third day of the workshop of ancient dances from different parts of the world, which includes over 150 participants. They will present their new skills during the Friday demonstration on stage at the Villa Decius and on Saturday and Sunday in the Main Square. ...
Early Music Festival - 19th to 22nd August / Choral Singing Workshop - 15th to 22nd August
Marine Fribourg & Nicolas Renaux, choral conductors
Flore Merlin, accompanist
"Each year since 1997, the Académie Bach has been organising in Arques-la-Bataille an Early Music Festival which has gathered, over time, a loyal public through an audacious, innovative and exacting programme. Many of the great names of today’s baroque music have been accompanied in their creation and development by the residency program that we have put in place since our very foundation. ...
(CA) The Star Article: "Robin Phillips led Stratford into a brave new world" (By: Richard Ouzounian Theatre Critic, 28 Jul 2015)
"On June 11, 1975, Robin Phillips forever changed the way we would look at Shakespeare.
The artistic director of the Stratford Festival, who died Saturday after a long illness at the age of 73, was in the middle of his first season when he staged a production of the problematic dark comedy Measure for Measure. ...
Music and Morals from Renaissance to Romanticism
Concerts with Hermann Max and the Rheinische Kantorei, the King's Singers, Christine Schornsheim etc.
(Cologne, June 24, 2015): Having qualms about laughing out loud in concert? Not in Knechtsteden! The 24th edition of the Festival of Early Music Knechtsteden from September 19th to 27th revels in the vast fundus of humorous rapprochement of music and morale. In nine concerts and related formats such as the Young Festival and a symposium, this year's festival program approaches the subject with hearty scorn, frivolities and wit from Martin Luther's time to the Romantic period in locations around the Knechtsteden Romanesque monastery basilica. ...
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(UK) Cambridge University Press New Release: "The History of the Erard Piano and Harp in Letters and Documents, 1785–1959 - 2 Volume Set" (July 2015)
"Sébastien Erard and the firm that carried his name are seminal in the history of musical instruments. Erard's inventions - especially the double escapement for the piano and the double-action for the harp - have had an enormous impact on instruments and musical life and are still at the foundation of piano and harp building today. The recently discovered archives of the Erard piano and harp building firm are perhaps the largest and most complete record of musical instrument making anywhere, containing never-before-published ...
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