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Contributed by admin on Dec 24, 2016

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(US) The Conversation Article: "Scientists are trying to uncover what makes Stradivarius violins special – but are they wasting their time?" (by Bruno Fazenda and Trevor Cox, 19 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 24, 2016

Stradivarius violins are renowned for their supposedly superior sound when compared to other instruments. This has resulted in numerous studies hunting for a scientific reason for why Strads sound so good. A number of these studies have focused on the chemical composition of the wood in violins made in Cremona by Antonio Stradivari in the 17th and 18th centuries. Others have considered the violins made by Stradivari’s contemporary, Joseph Guarneri del Gesu, whose violins are widely considered to be just as good. ...


(UK) Medieval Manuscripts Blog: "The Medieval Origins of the Christmas Carol" (23 Dec 2016)

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"Most people today think of a carol as any song or hymn related to Christmas. In its origins, it is something both more and less specific than this. It is derived from the Old French word carole, referring to a round of dancers, singing and holding hands. What they sung was not limited to Christmas music, and musicologists often identify a refrain repeated after each stanza as the key feature of an early carol. Not all medieval carols were overtly religious, but most focused on the Virgin Mary or the winter holy days. ...


(US) American Theatre Article: "Is the Ticket Price Right?" (by Marshall Jones III, Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 24, 2016

"As a college student studying theatre in the early 1980s, I frequently paid 50 cents to take PATH to New York, stand on line at the TKTS booth in Duffy Square, and pay $12.50 to see a Broadway show. (A regular ticket was $25.) Venturing into midtown Manhattan during the Reagan presidency was an adventure, as you had to make your way through homeless people living in the street and avoid eye contact with the ladies of the night. Half the Broadway theatres were dark and shuttered. Tickets were relatively inexpensive, so young artists and enthusiasts had easy access to plays, which also served as an extended classroom for emerging artists. ...


(US) The Austin Chronicle Article: "Not Very Statesman-like" (by Seth Orion Schwaiger, 23 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 24, 2016

(A growing trend in media outlets of releasing their art critic journalists and closing down these departments should worry us. Here again is another example of such a closure.)

"There is a continual conversation about the lack of support for the arts in Austin that is so pervasive at openings and afterparties that it serves as a sort of dark, loathsome substitute for small talk. While universally accepted that funds are in short supply, there are signs that the scene is by other measures healthy. ...


(CH) Tobie Miller debut CD - Crowdfunding: "Bach for hurdy gurdy"

Contributed by admin on Dec 21, 2016

"My name is Tobie Miller, and I am a Canadian hurdy gurdy player based in Basel, Switzerland. 

The music of J.S. Bach has followed me throughout my musical life as a sort of leitmotif. I grew up listening to and playing his music in so many different and varied forms - both original versions and adaptations - that it was a natural next step to adapt some of Bach's most beautiful solo works for my instrument. Bach's music is often described as "universal", and has been transcribed, adapted and adopted by and for numerous different instruments and musical genres. However, this is the first time that Johann Sebastian Bach's music has been recorded on the hurdy gurdy! ...


(US) Journal of Seventeenth Century Music - New Publication: "Thematic Catalogue of Chamber Cantatas by Marc'Antonio Pasqualini" (compiled by Margaret Murata, Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 21, 2016

(From a recent post from Kelley Harness, Editor-in-Chief (outgoing), Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music)

... announcing the publication of Margaret Murata's Thematic Catalogue of Chamber Cantatas by Marc'Antonio Pasqualini  ...


(US) Bach Society Houston Invites You to Leipzig (Deadline date to sign up 25 Jan 2017)

Contributed by admin on Dec 21, 2016

We invite you join us and our Bach Choir Houston for the 2017 Leipzig Bach Festival, June 8–19.  This international event is the world’s major Bach festival, and Bach Society Houston is the first professional American choir to be honored with an invitation for the 2017 Festival. The Bach Choir under the direction of Rick Erickson will sing for various parts of the Festival and in other locations outside of Leipzig. ...

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