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(EU) REMA "European Day of Early Music" (21 Mar 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 01, 2016

After three successful "European Day of Early Music" events over the last three years, REMA (Réseau Européen de la Musique Ancienne) announces its third "Early Music Day" in Europe. Events are coordinated over all of the European states and event organizers are encouraged to register on the REMA site ...
 


(CA) The Record Article: " Acclaimed baroque trumpeter returns to Waterloo for a special concert" (by Valerie Hill, 20 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 01, 2016

"Apparently, it was the trumpet itself that was largely to blame for the death of J.S. Bach's primary trumpeter, Gottfried Reiche, in 1737.

The much-storied tragedy happened the day after a particularly gruelling concert when Reiche simply dropped dead of a stroke while walking on the street and the story has since been used as an example of how truly difficult baroque-era trumpets are to play. ...


(FR) France Musique Article: "No Concours Long Thibaud in 2016" (25 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 31, 2016

News from the Long-Thibaud-Crespin Foundation that there will be no Concours Long Thibaud in 2016. The foundation will take the time in the next few months of 2016 to reorganize the competition with a return to its competition in 2017. The long-standing competition (since 1943) will be sorely missed this year . A note as well that the 2016 edition - singing competition has been moved to 2017. ...


(US) Early Music America (EMA): Medieval and Renaissance Competition 2016 (1 Oct 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 31, 2016

"EMA's fourth Medieval and Renaissance Competition will take place at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland on October 1, 2016. Our competition brings together some of the brightest up-and-coming performers of music between 1000 and 1600. ...


(DE) Course on Basso Continuo (Universität der Künste, Berlin, 10-11 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 31, 2016

THE ACCOMPANIMENT OF RECITATIVE AND ARIA in the 17th & 18th CENTURIES will be one of the main subjects of this year’s course on basso continuo at the Universität der Künste in Berlin (February 10 and 11). We will discuss and try ...


(US) 2016 Fifth Annual Meeting of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA)

Contributed by sonialee on Jan 31, 2016

March 20-23, 2016
Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ohio, USA

The Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA) will hold its Fifth Annual Meeting, coinciding with the Eighth Mae & Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition, at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College, Ohio, U.S.A., March 20-23, 2016. The conference, entitled “The Compleat Keyboardist: harpsichord, fortepiano, organ, clavichord, continuo” hopes to inspire us with the variety of instruments played by our forefathers and foremothers. ...


(US) 2016 Eighth International Mae and lrving Jurow Harpsichord Competition

Contributed by sonialee on Jan 31, 2016

The 2016 Eighth International Mae and lrving Jurow Harpsichord Competition, sponsored by the Historical Keyboard Society of North America, will be held March 21-23, 2016,  Oberlin College, Ohio. Semi-finals will be held on Monday March 21. Finals will be completed and awards will be announced on the evening of Wednesday, March 23. ...


(US) Anonymous 4 Retires

Contributed by admin on Jan 24, 2016

"Well, this is it: The last notes have been sung. After a journey spanning over a thousand years of music, nearly 30 years of international touring and more 20 recordings on the harmonia mundi label, Anonymous 4 is closing up shop. ...


(US) The New York Times article: "Early-Music Ensembles: Praised as Pure, but Seeking More" (by Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, 20 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 24, 2016

"When the female vocal quartet Anonymous 4 retired last month, it left behind a discography spanning a thousand years of music. But the core of its repertory was medieval music in which, in plainchant passages, the four women’s voices seemed to melt together into one silky, unison line. ...


(UK) Opera Today Review: "Taverner and Tavener, Fretwork, London" (by Claire Seymour, 22 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jan 24, 2016

"‘Apt for voices or viols’: eager to maximise sales among the domestic market in Elizabethan England, publishers emphasised that the music contained in collections such as Thomas Morley’s First Book of Madrigals to Four Voices of 1594 was suitable for performance by any combination of singers and players. ...


(DE) Göttingen International Handel Festival (5-16 May 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 24, 2016

"George Frideric Handel enthralls people, touching them to the depths of their hearts. In his day, he amazed audiences with his extraordinary breadth of musical expression, which ranges from most intimate chamber music to opulent tonal splendour, from simple vocal lines to virtuosic coloratura. Today, his music is brought to life year after year by the International Handel Festival in Göttingen, which has been attracting guests to this attractive university town with beautiful and captivating productions since 1920. ...


(UK) The Guardian Article: " Dates of key Mozart symphonies are wrong, claims music scholar" (by Mark Brown, 10 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 13, 2016

"Days of looking at crossed-out dates on original manuscripts with magnifying glass reveals different dates on five works from composer’s early period Mozart symphonies from one of the most important periods of his composing life have been wrongly dated, a British scholar has discovered. ...


(US) Los Angeles Times Article: "Spotify hit with second songwriter lawsuit in two weeks" (by Ryan Faughnder, 08 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 13, 2016

"Another songwriter has sued streaming music service Spotify -- accusing the company of "wholesale copyright infringement" -- in an escalation of the ongoing battle over online royalties and licensing.  ...


(US) Unquiet Thought Blog: "Saturday morning quotes 5.34: Influences (by Ron or Donna, 09 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2016

"... In early music, one tends to be influenced by the insights of scholars at least as much as by performers—moreso in the case of the present writer.  My (RA) influences can be be easily discerned simply by reading through some five year's worth of weekly blog posts.   ...


(US) Smithsonian.com Article: 180.000 items at New York Public Library Available Online (by Erin Blakemore, 7 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2016

"Are you into old photos? Ancient religious texts? Vintage blueprints of algae? You’re in luck: You don’t need to turn off your laptop and take a trip to see them up close. On Tuesday, the New York Public Library announced that it has released more than 180,000 items as instant, high-resolution downloads for anyone who’s curious and has access to a computer.

The downloads are all in the public domain and cover everything from popular culture to history, science and music. ...


(DE) "Tobi's Notenarchive" Website Updates

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2016

(From a recent newsletter from Tobias Schoelkopf regarding "Tobi's Notenarchive" website updates)

"Dear Bach friends,

all piano works, canons, and the complete BWV appendix is now available as CAP, CAPX, XML, PDF and Midi.

The following works are new in my Bach Archive ...


(UK) Heritage Lottery Fund to invest £3.6million in Royal College of Music’s Museum

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2016

"The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has today announced support¹ of £3.6m to redevelop the Royal College of Music’s Museum. This significant investment will kick-start a three-year project to create new displays and a performance space for the RCM’s extensive and precious collection of historic instruments. ...


(US) New York Times Article: "Discogs Turns Record Collectors’ Obsessions Into Big Business" (by Ben Sisariodec, 29 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jan 01, 2016

"In the beginning, Kevin Lewandowski just wanted a way to keep track of his techno records.Now, 15 years later, the free website he set up for that purpose, Discogs.com, has become a vital resource for record collectors and the music industry, with a sprawling database of more than 6.5 million releases.  ...


(US) Orlando Consort Concert: "The Passion of Joan of Arc" Silent Film Get Live Soundtrack (16 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 01, 2016

(From a recent Orlando Consort news release)

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is pleased to present “The Passion of Joan of Arc: Silent Film & Medieval Sound,” a new project by British vocal ensemble The Orlando Consort, on Saturday, January 16, 2016, 8pm, at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The Orlando Consort creates a stunning live soundtrack to Carl Theodor Dreyer’s monumental 1928 silent film biography of the saint and martyr, singing medieval songs composed during the lifetime of Joan of Arc (1412-1431) in live accompaniment to the film. A pre-concert lecture by Jean Drum will take place at 7pm. ...


(US) The New York Times: "Aix Festival Director to Step Down" (by Michael Cooper, 21 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 24, 2015

"Bernard Foccroulle, the general director of the Aix-en-Provence Festival, plans to step down from his position at the end of 2017, the festival announced on Friday.

Mr. Foccroulle, who joined the festival in 2007 and has led it through a number of artistic successes, said in a statement that ...


(UK) The Stage Article: "Scottish government draft budget outlines 9.5% culture spending cut" (by Tom Dibdin, 17 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 24, 2015

While there are no early music groups mentioned in the article, it is most likely that the granting process will also be affected with respect to Scottish early music organizations.

"Culture has been hit with a headline 9.5% cut in the Scottish government's draft budget, published in Edinburgh on December 16.

Overall, Scottish Government is reducing spend on culture in 2016/17 from £170.2 million to £154.1 million.

As part of this, the five directly funded national companies, ...


(US) Vanguard Seattle Review: "Pacific MusicWorks Gives a Golden Performance of Handel’s “Messiah” (21 December 2015, by Claire Biringer)

Contributed by admin on Dec 24, 2015

"I’m going to come right out and say this: I don’t like Handel. The overly stuffy formal structures and frivolous ornamentation of the high Baroque will never top my list. I find the Messiah static and trite, and Handel’s operas no more exciting than the bassline of Pachelbel’s canon. I’ve only found glimpses of redemption in his output, like the moody D minor Sarabande and brief coloratura passages in Giulio Cesare.

If anyone were to sway my Handelian hatred, it is unsurprising that it would be Pacific MusicWorks, the ...


(UK) The Guardian Interview: " Facing the music: John Butt" (21 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 22, 2015

"From Bach and Purcell to garage-pop band the Vaselines, conductor, organist and Dunedin Consort director Butt shares his musical inspirations ...


(US) BEMF Wins Big on the International Stage!

Contributed by admin on Dec 22, 2015

(From a recent Boston Early Music Festival newsletter)


BEMF's two latest CD releases - Steffani's Niobe, Regina di Tebe and Charpentier's La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers - have received a host of major international awards and recognition in 2015. The prestigious honors include a 2015 GRAMMY Award, two 2015 ECHO Klassik Awards, a 2015 Diapason d'Or de l'Année, a 2015 German Record Critics' Award, and two appearances on the Gramophone Awards shortlist! ...


(US) Bach Collegium San Diego News Release: "National Endowment for the Arts supports BCSD"

Contributed by admin on Dec 22, 2015

"We are excited to announce that Bach Collegium San Diego was recently awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts! 

The award of $10,000 will be used, in their words, "to support historically informed concerts and related educational activities. Plans include ...

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