(From a recent article in BuzzFeed ... note the large image file at the very top of the article ... just keep scrolling down to find the text ... Marc Paré, EarlyMusicNews.org editor)
"For a while we thought we could choose our own music. Remember that? In the wake of the last century we seized the right to take our pick from all of the songs in the world (All of the songs in the world!) and told anyone who didn’t like it exactly where they could go. And when it turned out that was too many songs after all (how many lifetimes are needed for a complete survey of Memphis soul? Or Brazilian funk?), a new category of music services appeared to ease our burden. ...
(FR) Opera Today Review: "Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno in Aix" (by Michael Milenski, 09 Jul 2016)
... "The Triumph of Time and Disillusion was composed in 1707 in Rome by the 22 year-old German composer Georg Friedrich Händel. Opera was banned in Rome, the pontifical city firmly in the grips of the artistic terrors of the Counter Reformation, i.e. opera was banned." ...
(US) Arts Journal Blogs Article: "Storm Warnings: The Future of Orchestras" (by Joe Horowitz, 21 June 2016)
"... In other words: the young musicians orchestras most need will not gravitate to orchestras. Instead, orchestras will get the blinkered conservatory graduates who don’t care about the institutional life of an orchestra – who will dutifully rehearse and perform. It therefore becomes more than ever incumbent upon orchestras to empower musicians to more fully participate in an expansive institutional mission. ...
V International Course on Medieval & Renaissance Music
"The combination of the historical music elements with the oral tradition is the essence of EMM, music to understand or to enjoy from its knowledge and reasoning. In the 5th edition, in addition to the festival concerts and interpretation classes, the audience can enjoy a multitude of parallel activities (guided tours, exhibitions, conferences, Dadá Med_Ren JamSessions, workshops...). It will be a pleasure to share it with all of you. ...
(US) Los Angeles Times: "Race, inequality, polarized politics: Why Shakespeare's 1623 First Folio matters in 2016" (Charles McNulty, 12 June 2016)
"A precious First Folio of Shakespeare plays, one of several on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, has arrived at the San Diego Central Library, where it will remain for the next month in a glass case under the watchful eye of a friendly (but don’t test him) security guard.
This volume of 36 plays from 1623 represents the first collection of the author’s dramatic writing. Many of the dramas, including “Macbeth,” “As You Like It” and “The Tempest,” were published for the first time in this edition. Without this publication, some of the greatest masterpieces of dramatic literature might have been lost. ...
"... Afterward, I introduced myself to the musician. Her name was Michelle Ross, and it turned out this was the culmination of “Discovering Bach,” her 33-day project playing Bach’s entire solo violin cycle in public spaces throughout New York City. She kept a blog throughout, but hadn’t promoted the series anywhere; she wanted to create an authentic communal experience, not do a publicity stunt. ...
"Dr Peter Leech, Associate Lecturer at the School of Music, recently made an exciting discovery while researching at Ushaw College Library, near Durham.
Hunting for eighteenth-century sacred music by Italian composers (a search which also proved fruitful), Dr Leech found, tucked between weighty ecclesiastical tomes in the Lisbon College Archive, a single volume containing the first editions, bound together, of two landmark Renaissance musical treatises, De Harmonia Musicorum (Milan, 1518) by Franchinus Gaffurius (1451-1522) and Musica Theorica (Venice, 1529) by Lodovico Fogliano (c.1475-1542). ...
New items published by TREE EDITION July 2016 for the lute:
- Series: The Rostock Lute Mss, Rostock 8, Facsimile of Rostock Ms Mus Saec XVIII-13,2 a-c; 4 Suites for Baroque Lute del Sign. Daube; 2 Arias by Graun & Hasse Lute in French Tablature / Euro 25.-
- Giulio Abundante Intabulatura di Lautto / Libro Secondo; Venice, 1548; Facsimile / Renaissance tuning / ItalianTablature / Euro 20.-
- Thomas Robinson The Schoole of Musicke; London 1603; Facsimile / Renaissance tuning / French Tablature / Euro 25.-
"There is a great deal of repetition in our daily lives—in the familiar routines we follow from our waking moments, as a means of safety or efficiency in our work, or as embodied in rituals of worship. Repetition is an important component of the process of learning and refinement, from a toddler taking his or her first steps to a violinist who is driven to internalize Bach’s solo Sonatas and Partitas. ...
Location: Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave, Toronto Ontario, CA
"People have been trekking across the planet, making homes in foreign lands since before the invention of the wheel. Composers, susceptible to the musical whims of Royals and Nobles, have always had to turn up in new places, suffer alienation and try to fit in.
I FURIOSI welcomes flautist Jed Wentz from Amsterdam and harpsichordist James Johnstone from London to experience the culture shock of Toronto Pride week.
Works by Telemann, Couperin, Rameau and more" ...
(ES) Glossa Muisc CD Release: "Francisco José de Castro - Trio sonatas op. 1 (Bologna, 1695)" (June 2016)
"A seventeenth century violinist-composer in Francisco José de Castro, who travelled from his birthplace of Seville to the Northern Italian city of Brescia where he composed chamber music, provides the focus for Emilio Moreno’s latest exploration of the forgotten and ignored in Iberian Baroque. ...
"As The Dallas Opera prepares to announce the second class of participants for the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors, General Director and CEO Keith Cerny reflects on continuing challenges cited in the application process. ...
(DE) TYXart Record Company New CD Release: "Cantata per Flauto" (Tabea Debus & Ensemble) (20 May 2016)
"Old" and "New" Music for Recorder & Ensemble
Tabea Debus, Recorder & Direction - Hongxia Cui & Katrin Ebert & Kerstin Fahr, Baroque violins - Johanna Brückner, Baroque viola - Lea Rahel Bader, Baroque cello & Viola da gamba - Niklas Sprenger, Double bass - Johannes Lang, H'chord & Organ - Kohei Ota, Theorbo & Baroque guitar
Works by Van Eyck, Jarzebski, Purcell, Sarro, Telemann, Hasse, Tsoupaki and Töpp ...
"Join Opera Atelier for an afternoon of food, wine ... and shopping! It's time to clear out space in our storage unit, which means you will have the chance to buy your very own Opera Atelier costume. Join us for this special fundraising event. "
"Innovative instrumentation, unusual repertoire and an ensemble with a profound knowledge of historical performance practice makes this Irish Baroque Orchestra Linn debut unmissable. This programme of 18th century concertos is an attractive listening tour through the German courts, revealing unknown jewels. ...
This year, the Indianapolis Early Music Festival celebrates its 50th season.
"Indianapolis Early Music (IEM) is America's oldest continuous presenter of Early Music. Originally known by its corporate name of Festival Music Society, it was established in 1966 as a not-for-profit organization to enrich, educate, and entertain audiences with the music of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and early classic eras. ...
"... Specially commissioned by the Granada Festival of Music and Dance, this programme was conceived and created to celebrate the millenary of the founding of the Kingdom of Granada. Most of the music on this CD was performed and recorded live during the concert given on 1st July 2013 at the Palace of Charles V in the Alhambra. ...
(CA) Musical Toronto Article: "Nine Things That Should Change About Classical Music" (Michael Vincent, 01 Jun 2016)
"Two years ago a respected scientist and artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic was thrown out of a concert for attempting to crowd-surf. The show was part of an “accessible and informal” classical music concert. ...
"The Society of Graduate Students in Music at Western University is pleased to announce its 17th annual Graduate Symposium on Music, which will be held August 26–27, 2016. This year, our keynote speaker will be Karen Fournier, Associate Professor of Music Theory at the University of Michigan.
The program committee invites graduate students of all disciplines to submit proposals for papers on any aspect of music study, including but by no means limited to music theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, music education, composition, and performance. We welcome papers on any topic, and encourage a diversity of excellence in research across many fields. The deadline for submission is May 27, 2016. ...
(US) Society for Seventeenth-Century Music Twenty-Fifth Annual Conference ~ Call for Papers (20-23 Apr 2017)
"The Society for Seventeenth-Century Music will hold its Twenty-Fifth Annual Conference from Thursday through Sunday, 20–23 April 2017, in Providence, RI, hosted by the Department of Music at Providence College. Proposals on all aspects of seventeenth-century music and its cultural contexts are welcome. Presentations may take a variety of formats, including individual papers 20 minutes in length, lecture-recitals (45 minutes), workshops involving group participation, roundtable discussions, and panel sessions. ...
(US) Yahoo! News: "In Internet age, pirate radio arises as surprising challenge" (by Ben Finley, Associated Press, 27 Apr 2016)
Not specifically of early music in subject matter, but still good information on the hidden rise of radio broadcasting in metropolitan areas.
"In the age of podcasts and streaming services, you might think pirate radio is low on the list of concerns of federal lawmakers and broadcasters. You'd be wrong.They're increasingly worried about its presence in some cities as unlicensed broadcasters commandeer frequencies to play anything from Trinidadian dance music to Haitian call-in shows. And they complain the Federal Communications Commission can't keep up with the pirates ...
"With Il pianto della Madonna, a collection of spiritual compositions by Claudio Monteverdi, La Compagnia del Madrigale provide a stunning follow-up to their award-winning recording of the Fifth Book of madrigals by Luca Marenzio – both releases from Glossa. The singers of the ensemble have returned to their favoured Piedmontese recording location in Roletto to create a vivid sound picture of the desire in Monteverdi’s own time ...
From a recent post on the FranceTV Info website. Jordi Savall and ensemble perform in the courtyard of the Jules Ferry centre (Calais) before a crowd of approximately 100 migrants and where the musicians were warmly received. An unexpected event occurred where one of the audience members joined in with the ensemble and ...
L'Académie de musique ancienne de Vernon Giverny organized by Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien is devoted to music of the Baroque era: French and English music, Scottish and Irish early music. The energy of danse and cadence, ornamentation and phrasing will constitute the heart of our work. ...
Wigmore Hall releases its 2016-2017 concert season brochure.
Of note, some of its many early music events include: The English Concert; Freiburg Baroque Orchestra ~ Kristian Bezuidenhout fortepiano, director; The Brabant Ensemble ~ Stephen Rice director; Collegium 1704 ~ Václav Luks, conductor; The Cardinall’s Musick ~ Andrew Carwood, director; Phantasm ~ Laurence Dreyfus, director; Florilegium~ Ashley Solomon, director; Iestyn Davies, countertenor & Thomas Dunford, lute ...
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