(US) Saturday morning quotes 5.2: Bach on lute or guitar

Contributed by admin on May 01, 2015

(From a recent "Unquiet Thoughts" newsletter)

"Today’s post summarizes a few thoughts and reactions after spending two days auditing Nigel North’s masterclasses for guitarists interested in Bach’s music for lute.  Nigel has for many years expressed strong reservations as to whether Bach’s music works at all for the 18th-century baroque lute, given the constraints of its odd tuning of d-minor.   ...

(US) San Francisco Classical Voice Article: "John Eliot Gardiner: Monteverdi is the Shakespeare of Music" (By Niels Swinkels, April 22, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Apr 30, 2015

"For the better part of a half century, English conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner has been one of the leading forces in the early music revival. Growing up in a family where, every day after meals, he sang Bach motets with his parents and siblings ...

(UK) London Festival of Baroque Musique 2015 Fundraiser -- Appeal (matching deadline May 15th)

Contributed by admin on Apr 30, 2015

(From a recent LFBM newsletter)

"In this our first year without sole sponsorship from Lufthansa German Airlines some wonderful people have helped us raise an incredible £119,000 in order to bring leading artists from around the globe here to London.

But we still have the final £6,000 to raise – which is where you (and our Singing Nightingale appeal) come in! ...

(US) Bach Collegium San Diego Concert: "A Tale of Two Cities: Paris and Rome" (8-9 May 2015)

Contributed by admin on Apr 30, 2015

San Diego’s premiere early music performance ensemble, concludes its 12th season with “A Tale of Two Cities: Paris and Rome,” featuring Giacomo Carissimi’s oratorio Jephte and Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s miniature tragédie en musique, Actéon. Performances are May 8 & 9, 2015. ...

(US) Twin Cities Baroque Instrumental Program (Summer Workshop, 14-23 Aug 2015) (4 May 2015 Application Deadline)

Contributed by admin on Apr 28, 2015

Location: formerly held in Vancouver August 14 through August 23, 2015 at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, US

"This summer TCEMF (Twin Cities Early Music Festival)  joins forces with the Baroque Instrumental Program in offering advanced students and young professionals unique opportunities to study and perform with some of the world’s most respected international artists in early music. Held at the University of Minnesota School of Music, this program provides world-class instruction in a new venue. ...

(US) Folger Shakespeare Library: Myths About Shakespeare (Podcast, 22 April 2015)

Contributed by admin on Apr 27, 2015

(From a recent Folger Shakespeare Library newsletter.)

"Even if you’re not a Shakespeare scholar, there are things you have learned about Shakespeare and his plays throughout your life – that it’s bad luck to say the name of “the Scottish play” or that Shakespeare hated his wife.  Are any of these stories true?  And whether they are or not, what do they tell us about previous eras, and our own? ...

(FR) La Simphonie Du Marais ~ Hugo Reyne: 1er Festival Baroque des Olonnes (22-24 May, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Apr 27, 2015

(From a recent newslrease from La Simphonie du Marais - Hugo Reyne.)

Festival baroque des Olonnes - Musiques pour le Roi Soleil

On the occasion of the "1er Festival Baroque des Olonnes", La Simphonie Du Marais ~ Hugo Reyne celebrate this event with three exceptional music programs around Louis XIV and wonderful works he inspired. An original connection between the Sun King and the famous microclimate of Olonne, beaches and its light ...

(FR) REMA (European Early Music Network): 15 years in existence and elects new president

Contributed by admin on Apr 27, 2015

(From a recent REME newsrelease.)

"The European Early Music Network – or REMA for Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne - organised its annual general assembly, and first members’ meeting of the year from 17 to 19 April in Ambronay, France – the place where the network was created 15 years ago.

On that occasion, Xavier Vandamme, director of the Utrecht Early Music Festival and Season, was elected president. His team within the new Executive Board consists of: ...

(US) Harmonia Early Music Review: "One Man Show" (by Janelle Davis, April 25, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Apr 27, 2015

(From a recent Harmonia Early Music newsletter.)

Bud Roach performs music of Giovanni Felice Sances.

"An interesting aspect of this recording is that tenor, Bud Roach doesn’t sing with an accompanist, but rather accompanies himself on the Baroque guitar.  It was actually a common practice in the 17th century, though in classical music concerts nowadays, we are used to almost always seeing singers perform together with a separate accompanist.  ...

(BE) outhere Music CD release: Project HAYDN 2032 – vol. 2

Contributed by admin on Apr 24, 2015

"For this second volume in the Haydn 2032 project, the complete recording of his symphonies, Giovanni Antonini has chosen to put forward the Symphony Der Philosoph. He associates with it a symphony by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, eldest son of the Kantor of Leipzig, who is generally considered the most gifted of his sons.  ...

(US) Boston Early Music Festival -- updates (June 7-14, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Apr 24, 2015

The Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) preparations are now in full swing. If you have never been to the BEMF,  and are in the region, you may want to take a look at the concert list for the week as well as other events associated with the festival most notably ...

(US) MIT Technology Review: What Makes a Violin Powerful (Jennifer Chu, April 21, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Apr 24, 2015

"Some of the most prized violins in the world were crafted in the Italian workshops of Amati, Stradivari, and Guarneri—master violin-making families from the 17th and 18th centuries, who produced increasingly powerful instruments.  ...

(US) MIT Technology Review: What Makes a Violin Powerful (Jennifer Chu, April 21, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Apr 24, 2015

"Some of the most prized violins in the world were crafted in the Italian workshops of Amati, Stradivari, and Guarneri—master violin-making families from the 17th and 18th centuries, who produced increasingly powerful instruments.  ...

(IT) Libreria Musicale Italiana

Contributed by admin on Apr 10, 2015

(From a recent newsletter item from Libreria Musicale Italiana)

 For those of you who are interested, Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM)  has a selection of hard to find volumes offered at a special price inclusive of shipping. ...

(BE) Festival van Vlaanderen-Mechelen (25 Apr - 17 May 2015)

Contributed by admin on Apr 06, 2015

"Classical music festival with each spring the vocal feast Mechelen hoort Stemmen and an autumn concert series Festival van Vlaanderen-Mechelen/Kempen throughout the province of Antwerp. ..."

(US) " Making Homes for the Arts in Sacred Places" (Faith and Leadership E-zine, 10 March 2015)

Contributed by admin on Apr 05, 2015

"Arts groups need their space, and many older churches have plenty to spare. In a win-win for everyone, a Philadelphia nonprofit is pairing up theater, dance, music and other arts groups with congregations that have underused space. ...

(FR) Lutenist Miguel Yisrael Launches "Le Luth Doré®"

Contributed by admin on Apr 05, 2015

(From a recent news release from Miguel Yisrael)

"REUTERS AGENCY - Paris (March 31, 2015) – Critics have referred to Miguel Yisrael ( as « the prince of the lute » but in the months ahead he may become better known as a modern musical Henry Ford for making good on a life long dream to ensure and enhance global access to and playing of beloved, ancient instruments, starting with the lute. ...

(FR) Pablo de Sarasate : Zigeunerweisen - Gipys airs - Airs bohemiens op. 20 - for treble (alto) recorder in F

Contributed by admin on Apr 05, 2015

(From a recent newsletter from Jean Cassignol)

Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908)
Zigeunerweisen - Gipys airs - Airs bohémiens op. 20
Adaptation for treble (alto) recorder in F
Free page sample on request

Transverse flute players are well ahead of recorder players concerning the transcription of virtuosic pieces...

(US) Saturday Morning Quotes 4.47: Class in Ssession (April 4, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Apr 05, 2015

(From the latest of blog postings at Unquiet Thoughts)

"Let’s not mince words: Early music bears NO ancestral relationship to what today’s historians and hype-merchants market as “classical” music. 

Early music was always functional music of some sort, whether composed for devotional or liturgical purposes, social dancing, entertainment for wealthy patrons, as a domestic pastime, as a theoretical exercise, or as the common indulgence in the craft of converting clever poetry into song.  ...

(IT) L'Humor Bizzarro 2015 Early Music and Dance Summer Workshop (26 July-02 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Mar 31, 2015

Location: Scuola Popolare di Musica di Testaccio, Rome IT

"Games and pastimes, in all their forms connected to music and dance, will be the common theme of L’Humor Bizzarro 2015, the established international rendezvous that has reached its 14th edition, also this year hosted by the historical Scuola Popolare di Musica di Testaccio. As is by now tradition, the work of the various classes will merge in a final performance featuring the interaction between students and teachers and open to the general public." ...

(US) National Endowment for the Humanities: "NEH and the Preservation and Access of Audiovisual Cultural Heritage"

Contributed by admin on Mar 21, 2015

Preservation of our aging repositories has gained a lot of attraction lately. Of concern is of the deteriorating condition of the medium upon which were recorded events ... and of even more growing concern is of the growing lack of hardware to play back the recordings.

New initiatives such as proposed by the National Endowment for the Huminities in the US are growing. ...

(US) Bach Society Houston Event: "Bach Till You Drop on March 21!"

Contributed by admin on Mar 20, 2015

(From a recent Bach Society Houston newsletter)

"Bach Society Houston will host a Bach Marathon on Saturday, March 21, from 1:00pm until 9:00pm. It’s the 330th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach and we will celebrate it – not by running – but by presenting live music for eight hours! ...

(CA) News Item: "European Day of Early Music" (EU) and "Bach in the Subways"

Contributed by admin on Mar 20, 2015

Mark your calendar!

From whichever way you see it, March 21st is a great day for all to celebrate early music all over the globe. On the European continent March 21st is being celebrated as "European Day of Early Music" with the backing of many early music groups, UNESCO and the coordinating body of REMA. On a grass-roots level, "Bach in the Subways" is being celebrated internationally with the "Bach in the Subways" coordinating website.  ....

(UK) Happy Shakespeare Week!

Contributed by admin on Mar 20, 2015

(From a recent Shakespeare Birthplace Trust newsletter)

"Primary school children across the UK are celebrating Shakespeare's life and works this week - and it's not too late to join in!  ...

(CA) Nota Bene Baroque Players ~ Julie Baumgartel, Artistic Director: Fundraiser-Gala (Date of event: 21 June 2015)

Contributed by admin on Mar 19, 2015

Location: Waterloo Ontario

The Nota Bene Baroque Players Organization (NBBP) unveils its upcoming plans for their Fundraiser-Gala 2015.

"Welcome to a FUNDRAISER celebrating the accomplishments of NOTA BENE PLAYERS and SINGERS! Come and hear excerpts that showcase works for the coming season. Your continued support will ensure the continuation of innovative programing and stunning performances. ... " ~ Boyd McDonald, NBBP Chair

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