That Antonio Vivaldi’s name is know the world over can be attributed almost entirely to a single piece of music, The Four Seasons, first published in 1725 and still enjoying tremendous success today. Who would have thought that tucked away in the composers private library were hundreds of other pieces from his hand ranging from operas and sacred music to hundreds of concertos for one, two, three or more instruments. Most of it had not been published in his lifetime and was consequently forgotten after his death. Incredibly, this vast collection of music reappeared nearly intact in 1930 when it was purchased by the Biblioteca Nazionale in Turin, Italy, but it is only in recent years that this music has begun to be recorded and included in public concerts.
(IT) The courts in Europe. Musical Iconography and Princely Power (May 23-25. 2010) -- Call for Papers (June 30, 2010)
The courts in Europe. Musical iconography and princely power
Le corti in Europa. Iconografia musicale e potere principesco
Call for papers
The Istituto per i Beni Musicali in Piemonte, in collaboration with the Regione Piemonte and under the patronage of the Società Italiana di Musicologia is pleased to invite scholars from different countries and from various disciplines to participate in the
International Musicological Society
Study Group on Musical Iconography
THE COURTS IN EUROPE. MUSICAL ICONOGRAPHY AND PRINCELY POWER
LE CORTI IN EUROPA. ICONOGRAFIA MUSICALE E POTERE PRINCIPESCO
Torino (Italy), Archivio di Stato, May 23-25, 2011
New issue of Perf. Practice Review is available online.
Volume 14 (2009) includes:
- - JOHN BASS: "Improvisation in Sixteenth-Century Italy: Lessons from Rhetoric and Jazz"
- - ROLAND JACKSON: "Realizing the Continuo in Monteverdi's Lamento della ninfa and its Implications for Early Seventeenth-Century Italian Continuo Practice"
- - NOEL O'REGAN: "What can the organ partitura to Tomás Luis deVictoria’s Missae, Magnificat, motecta, psalmi et alia quam plurimaof 1600 tell us about performance practice?"
- - STEWART POLLENS: "Some Misconceptions about the Baroque Violin"
- - ROLAND JACKSON reviewing Timothy Watkins, Performance Practice:Issues and Approaches
My Lady’s Chamber July Concert Cancelled
Owing to circumstances beyond our control, My Lady’s Chamber regrets having to pull out of our 1st July concert at 7.30pm at The Red Hedgehog, Highgate, UK, which was previously advertised here. My Lady’s Chamber apologises for any inconvenience caused.Visit website for more information: My Lady’s Chamber
The Harpsichordist's Touch: A Historical and Contemporary Perspective
Touch is one of the primary means toward expressivity on the harpsichord. Seattle teacher and performer Jillon Stoppels Dupree will draw upon historical sources, the teachings of today's finest masters, and the evolution of harpsichord building in the 20th century in presenting her approach to touch.
Historical to Contemporary Harpsichord and Vocal Accompaniment
Baritone Zachary Gordin and harpsichordist Jonathan Davis will present a concert and discussion.
An opportunity to hear the finalists compete in concert in the second year of this new competition. Listen to their performances, then cast your vote for the ensemble which you think should win the coveted Audience Prize.
Early Music Event near Montpellier (FR)
- Alain Cahagne : harpsichord, basso continuo and singing chief
- José Vazquez : viola da gamba, baroque violin and direction
- Lucia Krommer : viola da gamba and baroque cello (till the 4th august)
- Achim Schulz : singing, voacl ensemble and body trining for intrumentalists and singers (till the 4th august)
- Philippe Suzanne : traverso
- Patricia Gonzalez : singing
Agostino Steffani’s “Niobe, Queen of Thebes”
Starring: Soprano Amanda Forsythe and Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky
Cambridge, MA – June 4, 2010 – The Boston Early Music Festival has announced plans for its 2011 Festival operatic centerpiece Niobe, Queen of Thebes by the Italian composer Agostino Steffani (1653–1728). In keeping with BEMF’s internationally-acclaimed tradition of presenting little-known Baroque opera masterpieces, Steffani’s Niobe is “a stunning achievement, blending poignant drama with powerfully beautiful music to tell a story of human strength and weakness” says BEMF Executive Director Kathleen Fay.
My Lady's Chamber “Passionate Baroque”
The Warsaw Chamber Opera (Warsaw Opera Kameralna) was founded in 1961 by Stefan Sutkowski, who has served as its Managing and Artistic Director ever since. The company’s inaugural production was G.B.Pergolesi’s La serva padrona (4 September 1961).
Since October 15th 1986 the Warsaw Chamber Opera has performed in its own Theatre at Solidarnosci Avenue 76 B. It is an ancient building from 1775 having a small lovely audience with excellent acoustic. This building is entered in the register of historical monuments of Warsaw.
The Chopin project is highlighting the Pleyel piano which was specially produced for the Warsaw chamber opera by Paul McNulty.
The Chopin festival will focus on Chopin's works for piano with orchestra. The orchestra has specially commissioned early Romantic winds, horns and bows at a'= 440hz for this project, which heralds a unique effort to recreate most faithfully the performing resources of this period.
(US) Renaissance Society of America (RSA) -- Fifty-Seventh Annual Meeting of the RSA (March 24-26, 2011)
The Fifty-Seventh Annual Meeting of the RSA
Montreal, Québec Canada
24-26 March, 2011
Although the call for papers deadline is now past due, you may review the suggested round table discussions on the RSA website.
“Since 1954, the Renaissance Society of America has been the leading organization in the Americas for the interdisciplinary study of the period 1300-1650 in Western history. The RSA brings together members from many backgrounds who are interested in a wide variety of disciplines related to this period.
(NL) Call for Papers: "Music and Patronage in the Low Countries" -- KVNM Autumn Meeting (Nov. 12-13, 2010)
Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis (KVNM)
Royal Dutch Society for Music (KVNM)
Deadline for submission: 15 May 2010
In many languages the term “maecenas”, derived from Gaius Cilnius Maecenas (70 BC - 8 BC), councilor of emperor Augustus, has become synonymous with lavish and enlightened patronage of the arts. Being in service as a musician or a composer, however, did not necessarily imply that the artist had found himself a maecenas. In 1556, for instance, Orlandus Lassus dedicated his first book of motets to Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, most likely because Lassus hoped that this influential statesman might help provide him with a position in the internationally renowned capilla flamenca of Philips II. Unfortunately for Lassus, his colleague Pierre de Manchicourt, who preceded Lassus in dedicating a music publication to Granvelle, was appointed instead.
For more than 15 years, the American Bach Soloists have presented annual performances of SummerFest in Belvedere, San Francisco, and Davis.
SummerFest returns this year in conjunction with the inaugural season of the American Bach Soloists ACADEMY, an elite training program for advanced conservatory-level students and emerging professionals in the field of Historically Informed Performance Practice.
Music of J.S. Bach and Sons
The International Baroque Institute at Longy offers a comprehensive program for professional and pre-professional singers and players of Baroque violin, cello, recorder, traverso, oboe, viola da gamba, harp, lute and harpsichord, taught by an unparalleled international faculty. Other instrumentalists or continuo players are welcome to participate in chamber ensembles or the institute orchestra.
An intensive workshop in early dance, with emphasis on baroque dance but also including a daily late-renaissance dance class. Intended for experienced dancers with a serious interest in early dance, the workshop will include classes in technique, repertoire, and dance notation, with opportunities for independent projects and performance.
“Heinrich Schütz and Europe”
The International Heinrich Schütz Society cordially invites you to the 42nd International Heinrich Schütz Festival. From 28 October – 3 November 2010 in Kassel, under the banner “Heinrich Schütz and Europe”, plans are in place for numerous concerts, two main lectures, exhibitions, a choral project for active choristers and an international scholarly symposium in conjunction with the “Ständige Konferenz Mitteldeutsche Barockmusik e.V.” [Standing Conference of Central-German Baroque Music] focusing on “Heinrich Schütz and Europe” and “Heinrich Schütz in Kassel”. The Festival is integrated with the Kasseler Musiktage 2010 (which, until 14 November 2010, offers more events of interest under the banner “Kreuzungen – Elend und Glanz” [Intersections – Misery and Splendour]).
* Recorder and viol consorts at all levels except beginner
* Recorder master class
* Renaissance reeds
* Mixed ensembles
* Early notation
* Historical dance
* English country dancing
* All-group playing & singing
* Rogers Breukink recorder consort
The Von Huene Workshop will be in residence full time with instruments, music, and books for sale. Open to the public!
Connecticut College, New London, CT
Join us for one or two weeks of music-making with our acclaimed international faculty as we explore the musical legacy of France. Hold the dates, and plan to join us!
Festival Theme - France: Source of European Music
Venue: Cornish College of the Arts
Kerry Hall, 710 East Roy St, Seattle WA, 98102, USA
This year's workshop moves from Seattle Pacific University to Cornish College of the Arts as part of an expansion of the College's music department to encompass an early music program.
Bray Baroque announces its newest title: Playing the Baroque Harpsichord (2010)
Essays on the instrument, interpretation and performance, with relevant topics for the clavichord and organ. By C. Di Veroli.
This is an integrated collection of updated and expanded essays, some of them endorsed by leading harpsichordists. Only a few chapters are specific for the harpsichord: most of the book applies to all the Baroque keyboard instruments and some chapters to general Baroque music interpretation topics. Several colour figures are included, as well as musical examples from well-known Baroque works. The reader will find here the answer to well-known long-standing problems. Thorough guidance is provided on difficult matters such as ornamentation, articulation, tempi, registration, sesquialter rhythms, notes inégales and further topics that have been found to be useful to the modern performer of Baroque keyboard music, whether amateur, advanced student or professional player.
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