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(BE) MAfestival 2008 (August 1-10, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 28, 2008
"About politics and power in English early music!?

To what extent did music lend its voice to political and cultural ideas of its time? How did composers react to the permanently changing relations between art, politics and society? Or, how did political and religious rulers manage to involve composers in the organised spreading of their ideals?

The 2008 edition of the Festival of Flanders - Bruges, Musica Antiqua - from now o­n MAfestival - focuses o­n some of the political aspects of early music in England. What was it that incited a prominent member of the Royal Chapel like William Byrd to compose almost 200 works in Latin, including several catholic masses, at a time when the Reformation of Queen Elisabeth did forbid it? What was the hidden agenda of Thomas Morley when he composed his Oriana madrigals? 'Long live Elisabeth'? Or indeed 'au contraire'? How did John Blow succeed, at the dawn of the English opera, to insert his Venus & Adonis into the ideas of nation building? And what did Bach and Abel have in common with freemasonry? These and other political questions are to be found within the diversified offer of concerts the 45th edition of the festival is proposing. ...

(IT) XI Festival Musicale Estense: Course STILE ITALIANO (25-29 June, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 25, 2008
In response to numerous requests for master-classes by its renowned guest performers, Grandezze & Meraviglie, the XIth Festival of Music from the Estense Collection, launches a series of residential Early Music courses in the ideal period location of the Corte Ospitale di Rubiera. In partnership with Rubiera City Council and the Province of Reggio Emilia, as well as with its traditional sponsors, theFestival intends to create an opportunity to reflect o­n performance practice in Italian music of the 17thand 18th century. This period is o­ne of the most creative and prolific in the history of music. ...

(IT) Musica Antica a Serrapetrona (July 27-August 3, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 25, 2008
Musica Antica a Serrapetrona 2008
Early Music Summer Courses

  • Organ & Harpsichord
  • Baroque Cello
  • Baroque Singing - NEW!
  • Chamber Music,
  • Basso Continuo ...


(AT) Renaissance Day at Ambras Castle (August 15, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 22, 2008
In conjunction with the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music 2008" -- Renaissance Day at Ambras Castle

Entertainers, stilt-walkers in fancy-dress and music for big and little Festwochen-Fans. Free entrance.

Visit Innsbruck Festival of Early Music website for more information. 

(AT) Symposium (August 11, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 22, 2008
In conjunction with the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music 2008.

"Die Moral von der Geschicht" - the oratorio in the 17th Century René Jacobs and international music scholars In conversation with the audience.  Free entrance.

Visit Innsbruck Festival of Early Music website for more information.

(AT) Innsbruck Festival of Early Music (August 7-24, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 22, 2008
The Age of Miracles
The 32nd Innsbruck Festival of Early Music 2008 focuses o­n Handel’s Belshazzar und further oratorio works.

The Old Testament, the text central to two world religions, relates of a mythical age when God intervened physically and by means of omens in human lives – the Age of Miracles. These biblical stories of revelation together with selected legends of the Saints furnished the Baroque period with ideal material for its preoccupation with the concept of pathos. Italy was the birthplace of a new, religious counterpart to opera which was then perfected in Rome: the oratorio. Three works based o­n biblical themes are at the centre of the 32nd Innsbruck Festival 2008 – two of them as staged productions. ...


(AT) International Summer Academy for Early Music (July 27 - August 2, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 22, 2008
"Graz (Austria), July 27 to August 2, 2008
This is the second International Academy for Early Music which will be organized by the Institute of Early Music and Performance Practice of the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz (KUG) this summer.

It will offer a broad selection of master courses, a variety of chamber music with various instruments and additional courses for professional musicians, students and highly advanced amateurs. All courses may also be attended passively. ...

(US) Claremont Colleges' Rare Musical Instrument Collection Is Sold

Contributed by Admin on Apr 22, 2008
"By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer April 21, 2008

For lovers of rare musical instruments, the Fiske Museum at the Claremont Colleges long has been an astonishing if somewhat mysterious collection.

Its 1,200 instruments from around the world include an 18th century Italian mandolin, unusual over-the-shoulder military brasses from the Civil War era, a gourd fiddle from Africa and a 9-foot-long temple trumpet from Tibet. ...

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