(UK) Handel House: New instruments and Keeping Cool

Contributed by admin on Jul 30, 2015

(From a recent Handel House newsletter)

"Two new instruments have recently joined the Handel House collection. A 1752 bureau organ by Joseph Snetzler and a 1754 double manual harpsichord by Jacob Kirkman were very generously donated in memory of Ellie Warburg (1932-2014) of Hamden, Connecticut, USA. Both instruments are now installed in the house and it is hoped that they will be used for performances before too long.  ...

(US) The New Yorker August Issue Article: "I can't go on" "What's Behind Stagefright?" (By Joan Acocella)

Contributed by admin on Jul 30, 2015

We all suffer at some point of stagefright. But what are the reasons behind it and how does it affect some who perform on stage? (Marc Paré, Editor,

"Stagefright has not been heavily studied, which is strange because, as Solovitch tells us, it is common not only among those who make their living on the stage but among the rest of us, too. In 2012, two researchers at the University of Nebraska-Omaha ...

(US) Harmonia Early Music Podcast: "Plectrums, Pizzicato, And Plucks" by Janelle Davis Posted (20 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 29, 2015

"We’re devoting this edition of Harmonia to instruments of the plucked variety. Lutes, guitars, harps and harpsichords will pick and pizz us through the hour. Plus, a special tribute from Paul O’Dette for friend and fellow lute player Pat O’Brien who passed away in 2014, and a feature release from Armonia Celeste called Lover’s Beware.. ...

(PL) 16th “Cracovia Danza” Court Dance Festival (26 Jul -- 1-2 Aug 2015) -- UPDATE

Contributed by admin on Jul 29, 2015

(From a recent newsletter)

"XVI Court Dance Festival "Cracovia Danza" is at the halfway point. In the Villa Decius on its third day of the workshop of ancient dances from different parts of the world, which includes over 150 participants. They will present their new skills during the Friday demonstration on stage at the Villa Decius and on Saturday and Sunday in the Main Square. ...

(FR) 2015 Festival Académie Bach Arques-la-Bataille, Haute-Normandie (15-22 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 29, 2015

Early Music Festival - 19th to 22nd August / Choral Singing Workshop - 15th to 22nd August
Marine Fribourg & Nicolas Renaux, choral conductors
Flore Merlin, accompanist

"Each year since 1997, the Académie Bach has been organising in Arques-la-Bataille an Early Music Festival which has gathered, over time, a loyal public through an audacious, innovative and exacting programme. Many of the great names of today’s baroque music have been accompanied in their creation and development by the residency program that we have put in place since our very foundation. ...

(CA) The Star Article: "Robin Phillips led Stratford into a brave new world" (By: Richard Ouzounian Theatre Critic, 28 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 29, 2015

"On June 11, 1975, Robin Phillips forever changed the way we would look at Shakespeare.

The artistic director of the Stratford Festival, who died Saturday after a long illness at the age of 73, was in the middle of his first season when he staged a production of the problematic dark comedy Measure for Measure. ...

(DE) Festival Alte Musik Knechtsteden: "Fool's Cap and Donkey Ears" (19-27 Sep 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 29, 2015

Music and Morals from Renaissance to Romanticism

Concerts with Hermann Max and the Rheinische Kantorei, the King's Singers, Christine Schornsheim etc.

(Cologne, June 24, 2015): Having qualms about laughing out loud in concert? Not in Knechtsteden! The 24th edition of the Festival of Early Music Knechtsteden from September 19th to 27th revels in the vast fundus of humorous rapprochement of music and morale. In nine concerts and related formats such as the Young Festival and a symposium, this year's festival program approaches the subject with hearty scorn, frivolities and wit from Martin Luther's time to the Romantic period in locations around the Knechtsteden Romanesque monastery basilica. ...

(CA) Resources at Work for You

Contributed by admin on Jul 28, 2015

Just a reminder that not only brings to you news items from the early music international scene, but also has a voluminous "Weblinks" section with over * 2700+ early music specific weblinks *. Feel free to browse through the different weblinks sections.

In addition, you may also find a link to * worskhop/festivals/conferences "Calendar" * that is kept up to date as much as possible.

Finally, feel free to submit any early music news item you may think may be of interest to readers. Please read the submission guidelines in the * FAQ section * before submitting a news story.

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(UK) Cambridge University Press New Release: "The History of the Erard Piano and Harp in Letters and Documents, 1785–1959 - 2 Volume Set" (July 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 28, 2015

"Sébastien Erard and the firm that carried his name are seminal in the history of musical instruments. Erard's inventions - especially the double escapement for the piano and the double-action for the harp - have had an enormous impact on instruments and musical life and are still at the foundation of piano and harp building today. The recently discovered archives of the Erard piano and harp building firm are perhaps the largest and most complete record of musical instrument  making anywhere, containing never-before-published  ...

(UK) The Stage: "Most professional dancers ‘earn less than £5k a year’" (by Matthew Hemley - 24 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 28, 2015

"More than half of professional dancers earn less than £5,000 a year from their performance work, according to a new survey.

The statistics also show that around 50% of dancers’ jobs pay less than the minimum wage, and that 70% of dancers have performed in “unsuitable work environments” in the past 12 months. ...

(DE) -- Hub to Early Dance

Contributed by admin on Jul 28, 2015

Just a reminder for those of you who have interests in early dance. "" is a large early dance "hub" where you can find many workshop locations, dates as well as early dance courses. There is a large network of contributors and the website's owner/admin Stefan Kühn does wonderful work with his daily updates.

"There are more early dance events than you thought! Browse the calendar and discover exciting balls, performances and workshops all around the world.  ...

(SE) eClassical CD Special: "Biber - The Rosary Sonatas" (Ensemble Vintage Köln) (Release date: 10 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 28, 2015

(From a recent newsletter item)

"Biber - The Rosary Sonatas - 24 FLAC Discount

Available in FLAC 24, FLAC16 and MP3

BIS Boss Robert von Bahr: Of all composers for the violin, Heinrich Isaac Franz von Biber must be regarded as one of the most unique. Not only for his tonal language, which isn't so unique, but for his way of tuning the violin, a technique called scordatura. ...

(US) Viola da Gamba Society of America "Operation Treble Viol" at Conclave 2015 (26 Jul - 2 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 28, 2015

"Makers Marc Soubeyran and Francis Beaulieu will join forces to make a treble viol in the Emporium over Conclave: in addition to illuminating the building process, Francis and Marc will then donate the finished instrument to the VdGSA to raffle away at the Saturday banquet. Aside from the learning experience, this is a rare opportunity to get a world-class instrument for the mere price of a raffle ticket (and without the years it would take to commission an instrument from either maker)!  ...

(ES) Al Ayre Español - Eduardo López Banzo Video (15 Apr 2015): G. F. Handel. Sonata 4 op. 5 HWV 399 (Passacaille)

Contributed by admin on Jul 27, 2015

"Al Ayre Español was founded in 1988 by Eduardo López Banzo, in an effort to challenge the pervading clichés that often surrounded the performance of Spanish baroque music at that time. The spirit of the ensemble has always been to refute these clichés with musicological rigour, performance excellence and by striving to insufflate new life to music from the past, thus opening them up to contemporary audiences. The name of the ensemble was inspired by the title of a guitar fugue by the Aragonese composer Gaspar Sanz.  ...

(UK) Opera Today Review: "Saul, Glyndebourne" (by Robert Hugill) (24 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 27, 2015

"A brilliant theatrical event, bringing Handel’s theatre of the mind to life on stage ...

Though not an opera and never intended for the stage, Handel’s oratorio Saul is one of his most dramatic works and Kosky created from it a remarkable piece of theatre. ...

(US) Harmonia Early Music: "Name-Dropping" by Benjamin Robinette (13 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 24, 2015

"What do LCD Soundsystem, Johannes Suzoy, the Beastie Boys, and Antoine Busnoys all have in common? Give up? They’ve all engaged in the art of musical name-dropping, paying respect to the masters that came before them. This week on Harmonia, we’ll bring you music that ...

(US) The New York Times Article: "Playing Mozart’s Piano Pieces as Mozart Did" by Rachel Nuwer (20 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 23, 2015

"Classical piano pieces by such composers as Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin likely sounded much different when the masters first performed those works than they do today. Pianos themselves have changed considerably — but so, too, has technique.

Over the past decade, a growing number of musicologists have begun to take a closer look at how technique shapes not just the sound of music, but also the audience’s emotional response to it. ...

(SE) BIS Records New CD Release: "Biber - The Rosary Sonatas"

Contributed by admin on Jul 23, 2015

"Biber’s ‘Rosary Sonatas’ for violin and basso continuo stand alone in the violin literature and in music history, offering a unique combination of programmatic material and the use of scordatura (tuning a string instrument differently than the standard tuning). Consisting of fifteen sonatas for violin and basso continuo, and a closing Passacaglia for solo violin, the cycle was presented by Biber to his employer, the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, in a handsome manuscript .  ...

(US) The Peabody Post Article: "Peter Lee and Mark Cudek nominated for Golden Melody Award" by Margaret Bell (22 July 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 23, 2015

"Peter Lee (BM ’06, MM ’08, Voice) and faculty artist Mark Cudek (MM ’82, Lute) have been nominated as the Best Producer for their CD Greensleeves in the 26th Annual Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan. which had recorded  ...

(AU) Crikey Article: "Australia Council halves key grants rounds in response to cuts" by Daily Review (23 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 23, 2015

As with many other jurisdictions, the state of arts grants in Australia is suffering through some funding cuts and "redirection" of other arts related grants. The impact on medium and smaller organizations may mean either a re-adjustment in grant applications or ...

(PL) 16th “Cracovia Danza” Court Dance Festival ~ "When Poland meets India" (26 Jul -- 1-2 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 23, 2015

"Three great performances: When Poland meets India, Once upon a time in Venice, The Coffee ballet, as well as dance groups’ performances, dance, acting, pantomime and music workshops and a great ball on the Main Square in Cracow – that will be this year’s 16th “Cracovia Danza” Court Dance Festival. Thereby Cracow will be filled with court dances from July 26th to August 2nd. Indeed the title of the festival exactly means “Cracow dances”. ...

(US) Texas Early Muisc Project Fundraiser (30 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 22, 2015

Ta Dah! It's the TEMP Late Summer, Early Music Celebration!

We know you love Early Music. So do we.

We at Texas Early Music Project are committed to bringing you the finest Early Music in the world, right here in beautiful Austin, Texas. Come help us raise funds to keep our organization going strong!

Join us in the first annual Fall Fundraiser! A small group of TEMP's performers will perform selections from the upcoming season and more as you enjoy the art and ambience of the lovely intimate Wally Workman Gallery. ...

(US) San Francisco Classical Voice Article: "Etudes on Innovation: What the Performing Arts Can Learn From Sports Marketing"

Contributed by admin on Jul 22, 2015

By Mark MacNamara (July 20, 2015)

"This is the third in a series of pieces on audience development in the performing arts.

It’s important to keep remembering that the prim and passive persona of the performing arts audience these days is relatively new. Broadly speaking, the audience experience of old — from say, the Theatre of Dionysus to the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées  — was in tone often much like right-wing talk radio: political, raucous, even violent and unhinged, but also profoundly communal, and thoroughly democratic. ...


(UK) Handel House 2015 Fall Season

Contributed by admin on Jul 22, 2015

(From a recent Handel House newsletter "Brock Street News")

Details are now available for Handel House's September to December season. If you are familiar with the Handel House events series, you will know that ticket purchases are best done well ahead of the events as they sell out quite quickly. 

"A new look for the Autumn 2015 series brochure and the concerts and events are even more interesting and attractive than ever ...

(PL) Viola Organista CD Recording Project on Kickstarter

Contributed by admin on Jul 22, 2015

"The Da Vinci Sound -- First Album of Leonardo first ever built Concert instrument Viola Organista is to be funded by Kickstarter supporters

Viola organista – extraordinary bowed piano invented by Da Vinci - has been constructed in Poland by musician Sławomir Zubrzycki. Now he wants to release first ever CD album with solo viola organista recital." To do that Zubrzycki has launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $10,000  ...

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