(US) Feminism, Absolutism, and Jansenism Louis XIV and the Port-Royal Nuns (Author: Daniella Kostroun, Indiana University–Purdue University, Indianapolis)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 08, 2011
Publication date: June 2011
288 pages

“Feminism, Absolutism, and Jansenism chronicles seventy years of Jansenist conflict and its complex intersection with power struggles between gallican bishops, Parlementaires, the Crown, and the pope. Daniella Kostroun focuses on the nuns of Port-Royal-des-Champs, whose community was disbanded by Louis XIV in 1709 as a threat to the state. Paradoxically, it was the nuns' adherence to their strict religious rule and the ideal of pious, innocent, and politically disinterested behavior that allowed them to challenge absolutism effectively.

(UK) Bach Network UK "UNDERSTANDING BACH, edited by Ruth Tatlow" Web Journal

Contributed by Admin on Dec 08, 2011

Bach Network UK is pleased to announce publication of the sixth volume of the web journal UNDERSTANDING BACH, edited by Ruth Tatlow. Full text of the articles, reports and editorial can be read online.

(IT) Call for Papers: Central European Musicians and the Birth of French Piano Virtuosity, Rome, 11-13 Oct 2012 (Deadline: 25 Apr 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 07, 2011
“The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca/Pistoia, the Istituto Storico Austriaco of Rome and the Académie de France à Rome, in association with the Palazzetto Bru Zane - Centre de musique romantique française of Venice, is pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium Central European Musicians and the Birth of French Piano Virtuosity, to be held in Rome, Istituto Storico Austriaco and Villa Medici, from Thursday 11 until Saturday 13 October 2012

(CA) Call for Papers: Nota Bene Undergraduate Journal of Musicology (Deadline 09 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 07, 2011

“Nota Bene is currently accepting undergraduate papers for the 2012 issue. Submissions may be in historical musicology, ethnomusicology, popular music studies, and music theory. We encourage review articles as well as work offering a new perspective on the conventional essay format. The deadline for submissions is January 9, 2012.

(US) AMS/SEM/SMT Conference New Orleans (1-4 Nov 2012): Call for proposals/papers/performances (Deadline: 17 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 07, 2011
“The 2012 Annual Meeting of the AMS will be held jointly with the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) and Society for Music Theory (SMT) in New Orleans, Louisiana, from Thursday, 1 November, to Sunday, 4 November. The Program Committee welcomes proposals for individual papers, formal sessions, evening panel discussions, sessions using alternative formats in all areas of scholarship on music, and joint sessions with SEM and SMT. Please read the guidelines carefully: proposals that do not conform will not be considered. …“

(US) Call for Papers: Buffalo Graduate Symposium on Music (Univ. at Buffalo (SUNY), 3-4 Mar 2012) (Deadline: 15 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 07, 2011
“The Music Graduate Student Association of the University at Buffalo is accepting paper proposals for the fifth annual Graduate Symposium on Music to be held on March 3-4, 2012. The conference will feature a keynote address by Tim Carter of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Professor Carter’s research ranges from Monteverdi and Mozart’s Italian operas to a recent book on “Oklahoma!” The Making of an American Musical (Yale University Press, 2007) and forthcoming work on Kurt Weill.

(US) "Harmonia Mundi Congratulates 54th Annual Grammy Award Nominees"

Contributed by Admin on Dec 06, 2011

“Congratulations to all our Nominees!
Harmonia Mundi and Distributed Labels
Earn Six GRAMMY® Nomination”

 In the latest newsletter from Harmonia Mundi, congratulations are given to the nominees of the upcoming 54th Grammy Awards. Of particular note for “Best Orchestral”:

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan
Haydn: Symphonies Nos.88, 101 & 104

(US) Folger Shakespeare Library: FREE Selections From Handel's Messiah: Recorded Live December 20-23, 1993

Contributed by Admin on Dec 06, 2011
“ In celebration of the season (and in honor of our Manifold Greatness project), we're sharing Selections from Handel's Messiah, recorded by the Folger Consort and the Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford. You can download these six tracks in the link above [below -- ed.]. Happy Holidays!“

(FR) Jean Cassignol: Catalogue recorder/ transverse flute and guitar

Contributed by Admin on Dec 06, 2011
From a recent posting on the recorder list, Jean Cassignol informs us that: “A detailed catalogue  of the recorder / transverse flute and guitar duets Michel Demarez and I issued at IDM Arpèges, Lafitan, Hofmeister and Gilgenreiner is available free of charge from me.

(US) ArkivMusic Newsletter (05 Dec 2011): Every DVD On Sale at ArkivMusic

Contributed by Admin on Dec 06, 2011
“Dear ArkivMusic Customers,

Every DVD at ArkivMusic -- nearly 5,000 titles, from complete operas to ballets, recitals, documentaries & more -- is on sale now, just in time for the gift-giving season. …”

(IE) Women and the 19th-Century Lied (9-10 Dec. 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 06, 2011
“The names of such women composers as Fanny Hensel, Josephine Lang and Clara Schumann are becoming increasingly familiar to music students, performers and audiences. Through the study of these and other composers, we are constantly gaining a deeper understanding of women's relationship to the 19th-century Lied. Worthy of inclusion in modern-day Lieder-recitals, many of these songs are as engaging as those composed by male composers. The aim of this event is to promote the study of song by women composers and women's relationship to the Lied throughout the 19th-century by focussing on the following areas: 

(SE) BIS Records - New Release: Nov 2011

Contributed by Admin on Dec 05, 2011

C.P.E. Bach – Solo Keyboard Music, Vol. 23
Miklós Spányi, clavichord

BIS-CD-1763   |   EAN 7318590017630   |   TT: 63'52
Sonatas from 1750–58 and other pieces

“Clavierstück für die rechte oder linke Hand allein, Wq117/1 (H 241); Fantasia in D minor, Wq117/12 (H 224); Sonata in G major, Wq62/11 (H 63); Fugue in D minor, Wq119/2 (H 99); Fantasia in G major, Wq117/11 (H 223); Sonata in G major, Wq62/14 (H 77); Fantasia in D major, Wq117/14 (H 160); Solfeggio in A major, Wq117/4 (H 222); Sonata in C minor, Wq65/31 (H 121); Solfeggio in E flat major, Wq117/3 (H 221); Solfeggio in C minor, Wq117/2 (H 220); Sonata in A major, Wq65/32 (H 135)


(UK) Christmas at Handel House

Contributed by Admin on Dec 05, 2011
“Music plays an important part in Handel House and we have two harpsichords and a spinet which are regularly used for rehearsals and weekly concerts. Concerts are held in Handel's music room which he used as a recital room and where he would rehearse his latest operas or oratorios with musicians and singers.“

(US) GEMS "Notes on the Scene" Newsletter Item and Newsletter Concert Listings

Contributed by Admin on Dec 05, 2011

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cathedral of St John the Divine & Harold Rosenbaum: Pilgrimage

“In a special free event on Wednesday, December 21st at 6:00 PM, early music singers led by conductor Harold Rosenbaum will walk through Central Park from the front steps of The Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, singing medieval melodies once sung along the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

(CA) I FURIOSI Concert: Hell Hath No Fury (10 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 05, 2011

Hell hath no fury like I FURIOSI scorned.  Not your average Christmas concert.

Guest: James Johnstone, harpsichord

I FURIOSI is one of the world’s most innovative Baroque ensembles, comprised of four of Canada’s leading early music specialists: soprano Gabrielle McLaughlin, violinists Aisslinn Nosky and Julia Wedman and cellist/gambist Felix Deak. These four bold musicians celebrate I FURIOSI’s Thirteenth Season by invoking the "bizarre and unnatural" aesthetic both esteemed and reviled in the Baroque era. Captivating performance style and inspired thematic programming has garnered I FURIOSI a reputation as a rebellious and ground breaking force in the Canadian and international early music scene.

(UK) Oxford University Press Newsletter: "Holiday Sale"

Contributed by Admin on Dec 05, 2011

Oxford University Press is holding a “Holiday Sale” on various books. You may want to take a look and see if there are any music titles that may be of interest to you. (ed.)

“Don’t get left behind! Visit Oxford’s 2011 Holiday Sale and save up to 65% on our bestselling titles. This is the perfect time to get that title you’ve had your eye on all year.

Now, you can flip through the catalog online.We’ve made it even easier for you enjoy the savings!”

(US) Research Grants for 2012 for Members of the Renaissance Society of America (Deadline: 31 Dec 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 04, 2011

Required application materials include a project description (no longer than 1,000 words), a budget, and a CV. Letters of recommendation are not required and are not accepted. All applicants must renew RSA membership for 2012 (renew starting 1 November for 2012 membership). See below for additional membership criteria and criteria for specific grants.

The Renaissance Society of America will award eighteen grants in the year 2012.

The grants are:
  • RSA Research Grants (9 grants)
  • Rensselaer W. Lee Memorial Grant in Art History (1 grant)
  • Paul Oskar Kristeller Memorial Grant (1 grant)
  • Bodleian Library Research Grant (1 grant)
  • Patricia H. Labalme Grant (1 grant)
  • Samuel H. Kress Foundation Grant in Renaissance Art History (5 Grants)

(IT) Recently Published at LIM: La canzone napoletana Le musiche e i loro contesti; Enrico Radesca Musica sacra Volume V

Contributed by Admin on Dec 04, 2011

New at LIM (Lim Editrice S.r.l.):

  • La canzone napoletana Le musiche e i loro contesti  (The Neapolitan song The music and their contexts) by Enrico Careri and Anita Fish
  • Enrico Radesca Musica sacra Volume V  (Henry Radesca Sacred Music Volume V) by Anna Maria Ioannoni Flower, Ruscillo Augustine, Roman Vectors

(FR) Concerto Soave December 2011 Newsletter: Noël de l'Europe Baroque, De Monteverdi à Bach

Contributed by Admin on Dec 04, 2011
Ten concerts to sing  Christmas in the Baroque mode through “les Bouches-du-Rhone”. From Spain to Italy, via Germany, all the musicians of Baroque Europe are determined to illustrate the Nativity. This program proposes some of the most beautiful pages of Claudio Monteverdi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Alessandro Scarlatti, Juan Bautista Cabanilles, Marc'Antonio Ziani, where you can hear the ”cornemuses” of the shepherds who crowd around the manger,  be moved with the Virgin in front of the sleeping child, feel the emotion and joy that cover the earth at the announcement of the coming of the Savior.

(US) Early Music DC: December 2011 Concerts

Contributed by Admin on Dec 04, 2011

After a short disruption from the Early Music DC webserver, the following is the latest of concert listings in the Washington DC area.

(SE) eClassical 2011 Advent Calendar (Christmas Sale)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 04, 2011
“We are celebrating our first year of high-resolution downloads from Sweden with a special pre-Christmas promotion. Every day, from December 1 until Christmas Eve, you will find two different 24-bit albums from BIS and PentaTone at a 50% discount that day. If you miss one, don't worry, you will still have the opportunity to download it at a reduced price for two more days, the first day at 25% and the second at 10% discount.”

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