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(RU) 11th EARLYMUSIC Festival - St. Petersburg (September 14-30/2008)

Contributed by Admin on Jul 12, 2008
"The International EARLYMUSIC Festival, established in St Petersburg in 1998, is now recognised as o­ne of Russia’s leading musical forums. The Festival takes places annually in September-October and presents the musical legacy of the Middle-Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras to audiences in St Petersburg, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Perm, Ekaterinburg and Novosibirsk, performed by world-renowned ensembles and soloists. ...

(SI) Seviqc Brežice 2008 (Slovenia) (July 4-23 August/2008)

Contributed by Admin on Jul 12, 2008
"This year’s programme of Seviqc Brežice, which comprises the Brežice Festival, Klasikaa Dolenjska and Klasikaa Slovenija, will run from 4 July to 23 August 2008. The partner country for 2008 is France. Seviqc Brežice provides a showcase this year for more than 50 concert events in Slovenia, Croatia and Italy; in Slovenia, 44 festival events will be hosted in 17 different municipalities at 35 historic locations.

Since this year’s partner country is France, special emphasis will be o­n French artistes, who will feature in 12 concerts. We also anticipate the young, 10-piece Cuban group Ensemble Ars Longa, plus performers from Russia, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Poland, Croatia, Belgium and Slovenia. ...


(US) New Harpsichord Music by Grant Colburn

Contributed by grantco on Jul 11, 2008
After almost 3 years in the writing  composer and harpsichordist Grant Colburn has completed his newest book of period harpsichord music which will be titled, "Setts or Suits of Lessons for the Harpsicord or Spinnet."  This book is inspired by the English keyboard composers of 1720's, being somewhere between the musical styles of William Croft and Thomas Roseingrave. Grant Colburn has been a contributor to Early Music America Magazine and performed his harpsichord works at last year's Boston Early Music Festival. ...



(UK) HMS Metals in Musical Instruments (September 12-14 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Jul 10, 2008
Historical Metallurgy Societly Annual Conference 2008: Metals in Musical Instruments, 12th-14th September, Oxford, UK

"The conference will be based in the Holywell Music Rooms, the oldest surviving purpose built concert hall in Europe. The Holywell Music Rooms, which are attached to Wadham College, were built in 1748 and Handel is among the many famous musicians and composers who have appeared here.

Two concerts will be given in association with the HMS Conference "Metals in Musical Instruments".  Both will be held in the Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Oxford.  Tickets at £8 each, or £14 for both concerts, are available from Tickets Oxford, Tel 01865 305305 or o­nline at www.oxfordplayhouse.com/ticketsoxford.
  • The first concert, o­n Friday 12 September 2008 at 7.30pm, is introduced with a talk about the Music Room by John Melvin, and features a Harpsichord Recital and talk by Steven Devine.
  • The second concert, o­n Saturday 13 September 2008 at 7.45 pm, features a Brass Concert and talk by Crispian Steele-Perkins, accompanied by Steven Devine. ...


(DE) 29th Instrument Building Symposium, Stiftung Kloster Michaelstein

Contributed by Admin on Jul 08, 2008
October 24 – 26, 2008
History, Construction, and Techniques of Playing Clarinets
Lectures – Musical Demonstrations – Special Exhibit – Concert

Visit the Stiftung Kloster Michaelstein website for more information. (ed.)


(DE) Seminar: The Art of Recitative Singing, Stiftung Kloster Michaelstein

Contributed by Admin on Jul 08, 2008
November 20 – 23, 2008
Recitatives in the Music of Haydn and Mozart
Faculty Harry van der Kamp (Bremen)

Visit the Stiftung Kloster Michaelstein website for more information. (ed.)


(DE) Solo and Chamber Music Seminar, Stiftung Kloster Michaelstein

Contributed by Admin on Jul 08, 2008
November 13–16, 2008

18th Century German Solo and and Chamber Music
Recorders, Violin/Viola, Viola da gamba, Cello, Harpsichord/Clavichord
...

(DE) 22nd Summer Academy for Early Music, Stiftung Kloster Michaelstein

Contributed by Admin on Jul 08, 2008
July 14 – 19, 2008 
"In preparation for Haydn Year 2009, this year's Summer Academy focuses o­n small and large scale instrumental works by the genius and his contemporaries. From the single Sonata for Piano and Violin, the solo concertos to o­ne of the late symphonies, the unbelievably colourful creations of themaster offer a wealth of material. A programme for the official closing concert with chamber and orchestral music will be prepared during the course week. There will also be dance training and training in body posture; this will provide an enriching element to the course by improving understanding of Haydn's music as well as the ability to cope with instrumental challenges. ...

(IT) X Corso Internazionale di Musica Antica (July 23-30/2008)

Contributed by Admin on Jul 07, 2008
"At last the International early music course comes to its 10th edition, this time offering students the opportunity to study with some of the finest musicians of early music in the world, to enjoy great concerts and exhibitions of instrument makers and music editors. Moreover this year we are proud to host the world-renowned French harpsichordist Pierre Hantaï. From the first time since its beginning the course will take place in the town of Romano Canavese, a place full of history and culture, that will reveal its hidden treasures and historical buildings to students and teachers. ...

(CA) International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) Open Letter (Website Reopening)

Contributed by Admin on Jul 07, 2008
"(June 29 2008)
Dear Friends of IMSLP, Former Users, Contributors and Supporters:

Some people have doubted that we would keep our word. Some people have questioned our competence. Some people have sworn, despite being sympathetic, that IMSLP was struck down o­nce and forever.

I am here to prove them wrong.

It is with great joy that I bring you news of the resurrection of IMSLP. We continue to believe that the access to our culture and the Arts is a fundamental right of every human being. And holding this belief, we continue in our journey towards the goals of providing public access to the musical public domain, and the facilitation of the study of music, the understanding of music, and the enjoyment of music. ...

(IT) Giornate di Studio all’Antica Casa Fenaroli (Workshop September 2-4,2008)

Contributed by Admin on Jul 02, 2008
The Harpsichord: solo and accompaniment instrument
Differences and similarities between solo repertoire and basso continuo practice in 18th Century harpsichord music

Coach: Marco Vitale ...

(US) Boston Early Music Festival Announces 2009 Festival Operatic Centerpiece

Contributed by Admin on Jul 01, 2008

Boston Early Music Festival
Announces 2009 Festival Operatic Centerpiece
Antiochus und Stratonicaby
Christoph Graupner (1683–1760)
~~ Modern World Premiere ~~   ...

Gianfranco Mari: SCARLATTI "LA DIRINDINA" -- giant harpsichord used as a stage

Contributed by Admin on Jun 22, 2008

This was mentioned o­n some discussion lists where a giant "harpsichord" stage was constructed for the production of "La Dirindina". The selection is from YouTube. Enjoy.


Indefatigable Musicians win Fenton House Competition (UK)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 22, 2008

Musici Infaticabili
, or the Indefatigable Musicians, lived up to their name when, after weeks of preparation and two elimination rounds, they took First Prize (£800) in the Finals of the Early Keyboard Ensemble Competition at Fenton House held o­n 29th May. The members of the group, Marta Goncalves (flute), Claire Bracher (viola da gamba) and Erik Dippenaar (harpsichord), impressed the jury of early music specialists with their sensitive and stylish rendition of an 18th century French suite. Audiences will be able to hear this gifted young trio perform again at a celebratory Gala Concert to be held at 8pm o­n Thursday August 14th. The Competition was the first of its kind to be held before an audience in this 17th century National Trust House. Finals Night featured the five groups that the jury had previously selected from a field of 12 in the first round and all used an 18th century English harpsichord from the Benton Fletcher Collection for their auditions. The Competition’s Audience Prize (£200) was awarded following a ballot, to the charismatic musicians of The Little Baroque Company (Helen Kruger, violin; Kinga Gábor Jáni-Szabó, cello; Laura Tivendale, harpsichord). ...

(IT) Laboratorio di musica antica-Musica vocale sacra del medioevo (Aug. 24-30)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 03, 2008
Alia Musica
Laboratorio di musica antica
Musica vocale sacra del medioevo
direzione musicale: Claudia Caffagni
in la collaborazione del Comune di Fontevivo (PR)
Seminario Estate 2008 - dal 24 al 30 agosto
(I Mottetti latini del Codice di Bamberg)

This course will study in depth the repertory of some of the forty-four Latin Motets contained in the Bamberg Codex (Bamberg, Staatl. Libr. Ed. IV. 6), a parchment paper manuscript of probable Parisian compilation, which goes back to the last quarter of the 13th Century. Beyond the richness of its musical material, the Codex is particularly interesting from the point of view of its notation. This notation is particularly homogeneous due to the fact that it was entrusted to a single scrivener, and thus has all the characteristics of the so-called modal notation but with a series of revisions which make it easier to decipher and which allow, today, a direct reading without particular difficulties
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US) Berkeley Festival & Exhibition (June 3-7/2008)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 02, 2008
"Come be a part of o­ne of the world's most exciting celebrations of early music! Experience 16th-century Florentine art at its most spectacular with the American premiere of Alessandro Striggio's Missa sopra Ecco sì beato giorno for 40 and 60 voices, the largest known contrapuntal choral work in Western music.  ...

(UK) Tilford Bach Society - 56th Festival of Music (May 30 - June 7/2008)

Contributed by Admin on May 31, 2008
Friday, 30th May 2008, at 8pm in The Great Hall of Farnham Castle

The Revolutionary Drawing Room
Adrian Butterfield, Violin
Jean Paterson, Violin
Rachel Stott, Viola
Ruth Alford, Cello

Haydn Quartet in F minor Op.20 No.5
Haydn Quartet in C major Op.74 No.1
Mendelssohn Quartet in E flat major Op.12
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(US) Harpsichord Workshop XVIII (Santa Fe, New Mexico) (July 27-Aug. 1/08)

Contributed by Admin on May 31, 2008
SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
HARPSICHORD WORKSHOP XVIII
SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
JULY 27-AUGUST 1, 2008

LEGACIES: LANDOWSKA, O'KEEFFE
CENTENARY: HUGO DISTLER
REPERTORY STUDIES: BACH, SCARLATTI, DUPHLY

JANE CLARK and STEPHEN DODGSON (London)
LINDA RANEY and PAUL WOLFE (Santa Fe): Repertoire and Lectures
GLENN SPRING (Denver): Commissioned Harpsichord Work
LARRY PALMER (Dallas): Director and Master Classes

Join us in "the Land of Enchantment" for stimulating musical experiences, including the American premiere of Stephen Dodgson's Carillon Concertante (2 harpsichords and strings), the world premiere of Glenn Spring's harpsichord work based o­n photographs of Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Wolfe's reminiscences of lessons with Wanda Landowska, and Linda Raney's look at some special organ repertoire.

(BE) International Gregorian Festival of Watou

Contributed by Admin on May 18, 2008
We are proud to announce you the tenth edition of the International Gregorian Festival of Watou. It will be held from 20 May until 24 May 2009. This is the Ascension weekend. ...

Red Priest

Contributed by Upbeatclassical on Apr 30, 2008
Red Priest is o­ne of the major success stories o­n the international early music scene today. ...

(US) WEKA conference (Berkeley, California) (June 8, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 29, 2008
"The Western Early Keyboard Association (WEKA) will present a o­ne-day conference (10 am - 4:30 pm) as part of the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition o­n June 8, 2008, at  MusicSources, 1000 The Alameda, Berkeley, California.

Registration (including lunch) is free for WEKA members and $45  (including lunch) for non-WEKA members; for seniors over 65 the fee is $35 and for students $25. 2008 ­ 2009 membership dues are due June 1. Dues are: regular - $45, senior over 65 - $35, and students $25. WEKA dues may be sent directly to Sandy Petty at MusicSources. When sending membership dues, please indicate if you will attend the June 8 conference. ...