Medical 3-D imaging makes it possible to study the anatomy of the world's greatest stringed instruments – and uncover the secrets of its makers.
I'd like to open a window to an aspect of recorder playing in Hungary with this message.
Music education in Hungary has a country-wide institution system which consists of music schools situated mostly in towns and maintained by the state.
(DE) Stockstädter Musiktage (Stocktadt Recorder Exhibition/Festival) (14-16 May 2010) -- Photos/Videos on YouTube
Here is a collection of photos and videos found on YouTube from the Stocktadt Exhibition/Festival of 14-16 May, 2010. If you did not attend this year, plan on attending next year. Stockstädter Musiktage is one of the largest recorder exhibition/festival in Europe.
(IT) International Workshop on Diagnostics and Preservation of the Musical Instruments (May 20-21, 2010) -- CLOSED
*** As a matter of interest this workshop has been posted past it’s deadline date.
Department of Histories and Methods for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage
University of Bologna, Ravenna site
May 20-21, 2010
The conference, open to all museum professionals and curators, is aimed to present and critically discuss the latest researches about diagnostic techniques applied to musical instruments and advanced conservation practices, in relation also to fittings, use of materials, stockpile management, through the presentation of case studies.
(DE) 1844 Kützing's The Science of the Piano Forte architecture (German language) - 1844 Das Wissenschaftliche der Fortepiano Baukunst
This is a digital copy of a book that was preserved for generations on library shelves before it was carefully scanned by Google as part of a project
to make the world’s books discoverable online.
The English ensemble Florilegium has been exploring Bolivian baroque music for a number of years. Their latest Channel Classics recording, volume 3, focuses on repertoire found in Bolivia’s historic missions as well as the city of La Plata (the colonial name for Sucre, the capital of Bolivia).
The widely held belief that Beethoven was a rough pianist, impatient with his instruments, is not altogether accurate: it is influenced by anecdotes dating from when deafness had begun to impair his playing. Presenting a new, detailed biography of Beethoven's formative years, this book reviews the composer's early career, outlining how he was influenced by teachers, theorists and instruments.
(CH) Fifth Edition of the Harmoniques International Congress in Lausanne «Chopin et son temps» (9-12 Sept. 2010)
At the end of the 18th century, Vienna and London were the undisputed centres of piano-making, and home to distinct schools of piano-playing.
The beginning of the 19th century saw the rise of a new centre, Paris, which progressively eclipsed the other two. Nicknamed "Pianopolis", Paris in 1832 boasted more than a hundred and ninety-three piano-builders, many drawn from elsewhere in search of renown. Paris was a magnet, too, to young piano virtuosi ; it was only natural that Liszt and Chopin should be of their number.
The art of digitizing sensitive manuscripts are partly demystified on the Munich Digitisation Centre (MDZ) website.
(SEATTLE, WA) Early Music America, the national service organization for the field of early music, announces the winners of its 2010 awards recognizing outstanding accomplishments in early music.
The XVII Leipzig Bach Competition will be held from the 7th-17th July 2010 in piano, harpsichord and violin / baroque violin.
(US) An Exploration of the Countertenor in Rrecording From the 1960s to the 1980s -- Harmonia Early Music (30 Nov. 2009)
The countertenor voice is one of most unusual and alluring sounds heard in Western classical music. It is the highest natural male voice and one that has been heard in recording with increasing frequency from the middle of the 20th Century to the present day.
Presenting a programme of sacred and secular works by Händel and Bach for baroque lovers, the ensemble will appear at the Süreyya Opera House.
Visit the Voices of Music photo albums of which you can find the following photo albums:
The inaugural concert of the new group The Baroque Orchestra of Maine or 'BOOM' will take place on Friday, June 25 at 7:00pm at the Church of Universal Fellowship in Orono, and will be featured in two other concerts. This baroque orchestra will perform an all Bach program on period baroque instruments.
Festivals, unlike single concerts, are full-immersion events with lots of possibilities to explore all at once. In an effort to bring the festival experience closer to our readers, SFCV sent two writers — Jonathan Rhodes Lee, an experienced early-music performer and writer, and Jessica Hilo, an arts writer with less connection to the early-music world — to “blog” for a full day (last Saturday) at the Berkeley Festival.
(UK) Women Players in England, 1500–1660, edited by Pamela Allen Brown and Peter Parolin (Ashgate, 2008)
Offering evidence of women's extensive contributions to the theatrical landscape, this volume sharply challenges the assumption that the stage was 'all male' in early modern England. The editors and contributors argue that the pervasiveness of female performance affected cultural production, even on the professional London stages that used men and boys for women's parts. English spectators saw women players in professional and amateur contexts, in elite and popular settings, at home and abroad. Women acted in scripted and improvised roles, performed in local festive drama, and took part in dancing, singing, and masquing. English travelers saw professional actresses on the continent and Italian and French actresses visited England.
(US) Call for papers: 2011 Lyrica Dialogues at Harvard (Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations) (1 Sept. 2010)
The Lyrica Society invites abstracts for its 2011 Dialogues at Harvard, themed "France the Lewd--France the Prude / France Erotique--France Pudique" scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 1-2. Six panels, organized by historical periods (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern) will juxtapose moral, ethical, and aesthetic dimensions of religion and spirituality with sensual, sexual, and gendered eroticism in the confluence of French music and literature.
In this groundbreaking study, D. R. M. Irving reconnects the Philippines to current musicological discourse on the early modern Hispanic world. For some two and a half centuries, the Philippine Islands were firmly interlinked to Latin America and Spain through transoceanic relationships of politics, religion, trade, and culture.
In a stunning coup for the Royal College of Music, our Historical Perofrmance team led by Ashley Solomon are delighted to present the first appearance in 250 years of some very special instruments.
(IT) Con la mente e con le mani - Teaching and Learning the Art of Counterpoint on the Keyboard (1585-1671) (18-20 Nov. 2010)
The Conference will be focused on Counterpoint teaching and learning in the Early Seicento.We would like to explore the link between Music Theory and Practice on the keyboard. Improvisation is the working tool for learning music structures. Different scholars will confront themselves with the topic, mixing up various perspectives.
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