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Czech harpsichordist finds Vivaldi's lost opera

Contributed by Admin on Mar 24, 2008
"Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, March 13 (CTK) - Czech harpsichordist and conductor O­ndrej Macek from Cesky Krumlov chateau has found a substantial part of Vivaldi's opera Argippo in Bavaria and he is preparing its modern world premiere at Prague Castle o­n May 3, he told journalists today. ...

Woodhouse Recorder Week 2008 (August 3-9, 2008) (UK)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 23, 2008
"Woodhouse Recorder Week is a unique international summer school held in the peaceful surroundings of the Surrey Hills, dedicated to the development of recorder education. ...

(US) The Madison Early Music Festival (July 12-19, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 18, 2008
"Handel's Journey: From Germany to England via Italy"

"Join us o­n a life journey with 18th century traveler and musical titan George Frideric Handel. From Hamburg, we’ll follow his earliest journey to Lübeck to visit Buxtehude, then his move to Italy for an extended residence where he met the Italian composers who greatly influenced his musical future. After returning to Germany, we’ll share the wanderlust and ambition which ultimately led him to London, where he spent well over half his life. His compositional styles reflect all of his travels, and our musical itinerary will traverse Handel’s immense compositional world of operas, oratorios, concerti grossi, sonatas, English odes and royal ceremonial music. Artistic Directors: Cheryl Bensman Rowe and Paul Rowe, Program Director: Chelcy Bowles, Artistic Advisor: Robert Wiemken.

Guest Artists-in-Residence:

* Newberry Consort
* Marion Verbruggen
* Quicksilver
* Baroque Band
* Tempesta di Mare   "

Visit website for more information: The Madison Early Music Festival

Rare painting of Mozart authenticated (London, UK)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 18, 2008
" LONDON (AFP) - A previously unknown portrait of Mozart has been found, and could be the most important portrait of the renowned composer ever to come to light, a British academic said Friday.The discovery -- which could be worth several million dollars -- was owned by the family of Johann Lorenz Hagenauer, a close friend of the Mozart family in Salzburg."This is arguably the most important Mozart portrait to be discovered since the composer's death in 1791 and o­nly the fourth known authentic portrait of him from his Vienna years," said Professor Cliff Eisen. "

See this Yahoo! news link and also  King's College (London) news link for more info.

Amherst Early Music Festival (July 6–13 and July 13-20, 2008) (US)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 17, 2008

 - Music of Germany -


"The Amherst Early Music Festival at New London combines our acclaimed workshop program with the beautiful Connecticut College campus, situated o­n a hillside overlooking the Long Island Sound. We offer two week-long programs of classes in Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music and dance at all levels. Join us for either week or both. The Workshop Program is our largest, open to all, no audition required. We also offer small, week-long Intensive Programs for accomplished amateurs, pre-professionals and professional performers. "

Visit the Amherst Early Music Festival 2008 site for more information as well as a glimpse of the extensive list of faculty for this year's workshop.

Naxos -- The Art of The Baroque Harpsichord

Contributed by Admin on Mar 12, 2008
Naxos continues adding to its fine collection of "Baroque Harpsichord " collection with the addition of Girolamo Frescobaldi and Dieterich Buxtehude recordings.

Follow the link to view or even stream some of the music from their site. (ed.)   Naxos The Art of The Baroque Harpsichord

Bloomington Early Music Festival (BLEMF) May 16-26, 2008

Contributed by Admin on Mar 12, 2008
"The opera this year will be Alessandro Scarlatti's Tigrane (1715). This was his most popular work during his lifetime and it is a treasure trove delightful melodies. A masterpiece of Opera Seria, this work is packed with tuneful arias, interesting instrumental numbers, and even some elements of Opera Buffa. You'll hear dance numbers "borrowed" from o­ne of Campra's operas, Neapolitan songs sung by the hired help, and even a rare lute aria.

We very happy to announce that the Concord Ensemble will be returning to BLoomington to perform at BLEMF. They were able to find time in their extremely busy professional schedules to come and perform their choral magic. This is o­ne concert you will want to go to. " See website for more information: BLEMF

Harpsichord Voicing by Tilman Skowroneck

Contributed by Admin on Mar 08, 2008

At www.skowroneck.de, I have made available new English version of my article o­n harpsichord voicing, which has previously appeared in Swedish and Dutch (1995 and 1998). Since then, I have collected more information about voicing (both with delrin and quill) and I have seen many more instruments by various makers and in various states that in o­ne or another way confirmed my ideas or helped to refine them. So while this text is, in structure, not unlike the original o­ne, it speaks, let us say, louder. This article is available in six postings o­n the main page www.skowroneck.de or as a pdf at http://skowroneck.wordpress.com/2008/03/08/voicing-complete-pdf/

The article was originally intended as an encouragement for using bird’s quills in harpsichords. However, the commonly used delrin is a very good alternative for quill, if it is used well. Even the reader who is not considering quill will find useful information about delrin.

Tilman Skowroneck