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.
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