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(IT) IX CONGRESSO INTERNAZIONALE SUL CLAVICORDO (Sept. 16-19/09)

Contributed by Admin on Jul 06, 2009

The year 2009 is the occasion to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Josef Haydn’s death. We know his clavichord, an instrument by Johann Bohak (Vienna, 1794), now in the Museum of the Royal College of Music in London. As Haydn’s relation with our instrument has not been put much in evidence until now, we will take the opportunity of this Symposium to further our knowledge on the interpretation of his works on the most expressive of the keyboard
instruments.

The eighteenth century was also a period in which the trend towards louder sonority saw the progressive growth of the fortepiano, after its invention by Bartolomeo Cristofori. This genial inventor took the harpsichord as a starting point; some decades later, the German instrument builders followed the same path, but starting from the clavichord, and invented the square piano. Fifty years ago, the growing interest for the ancient fortepiano was directed almost exclusively towards the grand fortepiano, considering the square piano as a “second class” instrument, similar to our modern upright piano. The second aim of this meeting is to deepen this theme and to give back to the square piano its rightful place in the history of the musical instruments, a place demonstrated by its rich iconography.

As usual, our central topics will not be our unique field of activity, and we will also dedicate time to other themes.

It is our great pleasure to welcome so many of you this time and to wish you a pleasant and fruitful sojourn in Magnano.

Bernard Brauchli

 

(IT) Couperin's "Leçons de Ténèbres" in Brescia (July 24, 2009)

Contributed by harmoniamusicae on Jun 18, 2009
In the wonderful setting of the church / auditorium of Santa Giulia in Brescia, the Municipal Department of Culture and the association with the Harmonia Musicae present the wonderful “Leçons de ténèbres” of François Couperin, one of the masterpieces of Baroque vocal style, in a performance on the reconstruction of the original practices of the era.


(DE) Lost musical work by Robert Schumann discovered in Germany

Contributed by Admin on Jun 10, 2009
“Ueberlingen, Germany - A lost musical work by composer Robert Schumann has been discovered in a public library in Germany, officials in Ueberlingen near the Swiss border said Thursday.

The single sheet contains a piano composition with the title Ahnung (intuition) which Schumann (1810-1856) probably wrote about 1838 and gave to a friend as a present. It had been known from a list kept by his wife, Clara, but was thought to be gone forever.

The Leopold Sophie history library in Ueberlingen said it was rediscovered in 2006 while the folder was being re-catalogued. ..“

See complete article here: RISM News


(UK) National Trust Announces Winner of 2009 Harpsichord Competition at Fenton House

Contributed by Admin on Jun 03, 2009

Laura Tivendale
, aged 26, has won First Prize in the 9th Broadwood Harpsichord Competition, held at The National Trust’s Fenton House, London, on 11th and 12th May, using instruments from the historic Benton Fletcher Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments. For the Competition, Laura, a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, played three instruments in the collection: the 1664 Hatley virginals, the 1600 Vincentius virginals and the 1761 Shudi harpsichord. Her prize includes the final gala recital in the 2009 Concert Series at Fenton House, on Thursday 13th August, when she will play the large and elaborate Shudi & Broadwood Harpsichord (1770) and one of the smaller instruments in the Collection. Additionally, she will be offered engagements at the Cobbe Collection at Hatchlands (Surrey), at Finchcocks (Kent) and at the Russell Collection (Edinburgh) in 2010.


(NL) Royal award for musician Gustav Leonhardt

Contributed by Admin on May 25, 2009

“Gustav Leonhardt, the renowned harpsichord player, organist and conductor, has been awarded the Medal of Honour for the Arts and Sciences. Queen Beatrix gave him the medal during a ceremony at her private residence, Huis ten Bosch, in The Hague. Mr Leonhardt, 80, teaches the harpsichord at the Amsterdam Conservatory and is the organist of the capital's main church, the Nieuwe Kerk.“

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