"The question of autonomy versus authority has different connotations and sometimes very specific meanings in philosophy, law, the political realm, medicine, and religion. Broadly speaking, authority is defined as the power to enforce laws and/or to determine a baseline of information or standards. In a musicological context as relates to the sources of historical music, authoritative status is given to early printed sources of music, or given to very specific literal descriptions of a particular aspect of performance practice. Autonomy is defined as ...
(ES) Xuriach Dance Courses with Anna Romaní at the d’Història de Catalunya (8,15,22,29 Jan, 5 Feb 2016)
Location: Museo d’Història de Catalunya, Pl. de Pau Vila, 3 (Palau de Mar), 08003 BARCELONA
Xuriach in collaboration with the Museum of History of Catalonia, proposes an annual course on ancient dance of the masters of dance between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries which have reached us through treaties and manuscripts, or through forms of oral tradition. ...
Location: Besalú, Spain
"The International Course on Medieval Music Performance offers singers and instrumentalists the possibility to study monophonic and polyphonic repertoires composed in the 12th and 13th centuries. The course masterfully combines rigorous musicological research with a vibrant reconstruction of performance practice.
The main objectives are ...
"... For around 35 years, Binkley was one of early music’s foremost performers, scholars, and educators, particularly in the area of medieval music. His recordings with his colleagues in the Studio der frühen Musik—Andrea von Ramm, Sterling Jones, and at different times, singers Nigel Rogers, Richard Levitt, and Willard Cobb—brought to the table ...
"... When it comes to adapting Shakespeare for film, fidelity to the source material is considered paramount – even if that clashes with the vision of the filmmaker in charge. One criticism that could be leveled at Justin Kurzel’s gritty, grotty take on Macbeth is that the realistic edge the director brings to the project is blunted whenever a character opens their mouth to speak. ...
(FR) DVD ~ "Les petits plaisirs du Seicento" par Les Passions et "Variations Goldberg" de Bach (+ Turina et Albeniz) par le Duo Mélisande
News from Catherine Kauffmann-Saint-Martin of the availability of DVD sets of select concerts à l'Orangerie de Rochemontès. Not available commercially, the following sets of DVD's are available for purchase "Les petits plaisirs du Seicento" par Les Passions et "Variations Goldberg" de Bach (+ Turina et Albeniz) par le Duo Mélisande. ...
(UK) Opera Today Review: "Bejun Mehta: Yet can I hear that dulcet lay" (by Claire Seymour, 03 Dec 2015)
"The American countertenor Bejun Mehta exhibited a considerable range of vocal colours, refined phrasing and spectacular virtuosity in this programme of Baroque cantatas and arias, with La Nuova Musica, under the direction of the ensemble’s founder, David Bates. ...
"The Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek is the English translation of Franco Montanari’s Vocabolario della Lingua Greca, based on the completely revised 3rd Italian edition published in 2013 by Loescher Editore, Torino. With an established reputation as the most important modern dictionary for Ancient Greek, it brings together 140,000 headwords taken from the literature, papyri, inscriptions and other sources of the archaic period up to the 6th Century CE, and occasionally beyond. ...
(CA) This is Classical Guitar Article: "Performing Baroque Music on Classical Guitar by Peter Croton" (by Bradford, 09 Dec 2015)
"There are many great books on the historical performance practices of Baroque music. Although the books have nothing to do with guitar, they are valuable because they approach performance practice from a universal musical perspective. Much of performance practice, after all, should be the same on guitar as it will be on strings or keyboards. But there are differences too and there are many opportunities to learn from our earlier plucked ancestors. Peter Croton, early music performer on guitar and lute (and more), and teacher at the world-renowned Schola Cantorum Basiliensis as well as at the Conservatories of Basel and Bern has tackled the task of making a handbook that will bring the new and old worlds together. In his book, Croton has the best of both worlds: a wealth of period sources and universal musical knowledge as well as specific reference to lute, Baroque guitar, and other plucked instruments and composers of the era. ...
Location: Saint Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto
"The Gregorian Institute of Canada is please to announce its 11th Annual Colloquium, to be held at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto, ON, August 11-14. Our plans include a series of practical chant workshops ranging from introductory to advanced, featuring the outstanding clinician Adam Bartlett, composer and editor of Simple English Propers (CMAA, 2011), and editor of the Lumen Christi Missal, Lumen Christi Simple Gradual, and Lumen Christi Hymnal (Illuminare Publications, 2012-2015). Active as a teacher, workshop leader and speaker, Adam has travelled widely offering catechetical and training workshops on topics of Catholic sacred music and liturgical chant. ...
"The is the second of two posts examining tempo and pitch in early music. Naturally, we can only speculate as to the precise nature and relative importance of tempo and pitch in historical times. But we can certainly point out how specialists and performers of what we call early music today have misconstrued scant available information on tempo and pitch to reinforce a thoroughly modern aesthetic. Also, where tempo and pitch were ...
"Johann Sebastian Bach: Lutheran Mass in A major, BWV 234; Lutheran Mass in F major, BWV 233
Marco Gioseppe Peranda (1625–75): Missa in A minor
Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki
Hana Blažiková, soprano (BWV 233 & 234); Joanne Lunn and Aki Matsui, sopranos (Peranda); Robin Blaze, counter-tenor; Katsuhiko Nakashima, tenor (BWV 234); Gerd Türk and Yusuke Fujii, tenors (Peranda); Peter Kooij, bass (BWV 233 & 234); Dominik Wörner, bass (Peranda)
By Bach's time, the traditional forms of church service had been fundamentally altered by the Reformation, and in German churches Latin had yielded to the country's own language. To an extent, however, ...
(US) Hyperallergic Article: Museum Sues Wikimedia for Hosting Copyrighted Photos of Its Public-Domain Artworks (by Benjamin Sutton, 08 Dec 2015)
"On October 28 the Reiss Engelhorn Museum (REM) in Mannheim, Germany, filed a lawsuit against the Wikimedia Foundation for making high-resolution images of public domain artworks from its collection available for download. The contested images include photos of works by the Rococo painter Anna Dorothea Therbusch, the Flemish still life painter Alexander Coosemans, and the Dutch Golden Age painter Jacob Ochtervelt, as well as a drawing of Michelangelo’s Moses by Peter Anton von Verschaffelt and Cäsar Willich‘s circa-1862 portrait of Richard Wagner. ...
Joseph Calleja, Elīna Garanča, Waltraud Meier, Anna Netrebko & José van Dam Named as 2016 OPERA NEWS Awards Recipients. Five Honorees to be Acknowledged for Contributions to the Opera World at the 11th Annual Awards Ceremony. ...
"Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in G major, RV 443 (originally C major); Concerto in F major, RV 442; Concerto in C major, RV 444; Concerto in E minor, RV 445 (originally A minor); Concerto in C minor, RV 441; Concerto in A minor, RV 108 for recorder, 2 violins & b.c.; Concerto in D major, RV 92 for recorder, violin & b.c
Dan Laurin, recorder and musical direction
1B1 / Jan Bjøranger, leader
Anna Paradiso, harpsichord
Jonas Nordberg, theorbo/baroque guitar
The Swedish recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin has demonstrated his remarkable versatility on some thirty recordings for BIS, ranging from ...
“Bach had how many kids?!?” exclaimed students at Foster Elementary School when told that Johann Sebastian fathered 20 children. Bach Society Houston’s new pilot project Bach in Schools is a 50-minute presentation for elementary school students focusing on J.S. Bach’s life and music, featuring live performers from the Bach Society’s orchestra and professional choir, and a real harpsichord. ...
"Cambridge Early Music’s prestigious 2016 Festival of the Voice will run between Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 May . It will showcase many of the world's finest early music artists including: Vox Luminis, Voces8, The Gesualdo Six, Three Medieval Tenors and James Gilchrist, who will perform an eclectic range of music from medieval Conductus, Monteverdi, Lassus, Bach, Schubert and many others in some of Cambridge’s most beautiful and historic venues. ...
(US) Art Seek Article: " First Of Its Kind: An Institute for Female Opera Conductors" (by Bill Zeeble, 03 Dec 2015)
"In a banner year of three new works from the Dallas Opera, the company this week launched a different kind of premiere: a week-long Institute for Women Conductors. This school may be the only one of its kind in the world. ....
Google Cultural Institute is a hit with music groups enabling them to build storylines and interesting videos. Piffaro is highlighted in one of the latest Google Cultural Institute releases. Congratulations to Piffaro for ...
(US) Dance Magazine Article: "Google Now Lets You Travel the Dance World" (by Kristin Schwab, 04 Dec 2016)
"If I could dream up the most epic vacation for myself, it would be to travel from city to city to see every major dance company and historical dance site. (Hey boss, do you think this could count as a business trip?) Okay, so I’m going to assume that’s not really in the cards for me right now. But Google’s new Cultural Institute can get us a little closer to The Dream. Its arts “museum” went live this week, and there are plenty of dance (and fine arts, and opera, and music) goodies to explore. ...
For those of you interested in purchasing some music CD's at Christmas time, Outhere Music is offering a 10% reduction off the price of it large inventory of CD titles. As there are too many early music CD titles to name ...
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