(UK) Fortune Books Newsrelease: "The Sultan's Organ The diary of Thomas Dallam 1599" Put Into Modern English by John Mole
A Musician's Travel blog - Four hundred years old
London 24 September 2012
Fortune Books announce the publication of The Sultan's Organ, the personal diary of organ builder Thomas Dallam. In 1599 he took a self-playing organ from London to Constantinople – now Istanbul – as a present from Queen Elizabeth I to the Sultan of Turkey. He played his virginals to various audiences en route and the organ to the Sultan himself. When best-selling travel author John Mole came across the diary in its original Elizabethan English he was so enthralled that he knew it deserved a wider audience. He put it into modern English so it reads as if its author were alive today
(UK) Border Marches Early Music Forums (BEMFM) Workshop: Music from the court of King John of Portugal (27 oct 2012)
Location: Ledbury UK
“We have a full programme of workshops for singers and instrumentalists - both separately and together. You don't have to be a member to attend - all are open to members and non-members alike. Pre-booking is essential.“
Day workshop for singers, times to be announced.
Tutor: Owen Rees
Enquiries: Hannah Davies, 01432 341154
(FR) "Promenades en duo" vol. II - recorder/flûte à bec or/ou flute/ flûte traversière & guitar(e) / M. DEMAREZ et J. CASSIGNOL
New additions grace the Arpèges catalogue pages arranged by Jean Cassignol and Michel Démarez, “Promenades For Two Vol. 2”, a collection of six classical and romantic pieces for recorder (or flute or violin) & guitar. …
(From a recent Boston Early Music Festival newsletter)
“One of the most beloved artists in the world, viola da gamba virtuoso Jordi Savall makes his sixteenth appearance (in 23 years!) on the BEMF concert stage, on Friday, November 2, 2012, …
(FR) Ensemble Céladon - direction Paulin Bündgen Concert: "Perfida Beltà, un clair-obscur baroque" (14 Sep 2012)
Location: la Chapelle du Sacré-Coeur dans le 1er à Lyon FR
“Beautiful but cruel Italian ... They do not hesitate, in the 17th century, to make life difficult for their lovers! But they are not left out and reply with the same inflamed and dramatic tone, sublimating the melodies of Monteverdi, Carissimi or Frascobaldi, champions of chiaroscuro music, masters of the Baroque passions. With tragedy in its voice and magnified by its music: Baroque opera is being born!” …
(From a recent Texas Early Music Project newsletter)
“We've got an exciting season lined up for this year, including
- Music from the Tudors which won't be quite as salacious as the TV show,
- A return to haunting Sephardic music,
- Our beloved Christmas concerts,
- Spring concerts including Celtic and Troubadour music,
- And culminating in a concert of music composed by women, for women…
(From a recent Capilla Flamenca newsletter)
The new season takes us to some major stages
“Besides our annual presence at the Early Music Festival in Utrecht and the Festival van Vlaanderen Antwerpen, we created a special and exclusive programme for the Festival van Vlaanderen PLUS. For the fourth time Capilla Flamenca is invited to the Festival Voix et Route Romane in the Alsace, and in the autumn, …
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ANALYSIS IN CONTEXT“The Analysis in Context series seeks to present outstanding research in which the domains of music analysis and music history are seen as fundamentally interdependent. Proposals that fall within this concept are welcome at any time. Both monographs and essay-collections, treating music of any type and from all periods, will be considered. …
(From a recent Unquiet Thoughts article)
“Jazz guitarists of today are not likely to consider themselves bearers of a long and lively tradition of improvisation that dates back more than 500 years. When reeling out riffs to a set of changes, one is not likely to consider …
(From a recent Parlement de Musique newsletter)
A reminder of the Le Parlement de Musique concert schedule during the final days of August’s festival season. If you are in the region, you may want to consider attending one of the following concerts (below):
(From a recent Sagittarius newsletter)
News of Sagittarius’ busy August schedule. Sagittarius, the resident vocal ensemble since 2000 at the Citadelle in Blaye, near Bordeaux:
- 23 August (8h10) -- Michel Laplénie interview on France Musique’s “Musique Matin” -- release date of Sagittarius’ latest recording dedicated to J-H Schein (Hortus)
- 27 August -- Sagittarius and the Choir Dordogne en Sinfonia concert: “Musikalische Exequien and escerpts Geistliche Chormusik by Schütz
- 30, 31 August and 1st September -- “Fontana D’Amore”, Sagittarius organize a tour around the release of its latest recording.
(NL) Semibrevity "A Blog About Early Music Pioneers" Article: "Baroque orchestra, La Petite Bande, loses vital funding" (26 Jun 2012)
(From a recent Semibrevity blog)
“Despite having amassed almost twenty thousand signatures on an internet-based petition, Sigiswald Kuijken’s baroque orchestra, La Petite Bande, has been definitively told that it will receive no more money from the Belgian government. …
More of the concert listing below …
Location: Royal Albert Hall, London
Performers: Joélle Harvey: soprano, Carolyn Sampson : soprano, Iestyn Davies : counter-tenor, Ed Lyon : tenor, Matthew Rose : bass, Choir of the English Concert, The English Concert, Harry Bicket : conductor
“Bach probably never intended the full Mass in B Minor to be performed, so it is tricky to talk about what forces he meant it to be performed by. ... But performing the work in the Royal Albert Hall is entirely different again, a space far bigger than Bach could ever have conceived of being used for his work. …”
(From a recent post on the BachMusicology@yahoogroups.com mailing list)
For all things “Bach cantatas”, visit the Bach Cantatas Website (BCW). The website has recently gone through a reorganization that you may find more approachable in searches of information or manuscripts.
“The Bach Cantatas Website (BCW) is a comprehensive site covering all aspects of J.S. Bach's cantatas and his other vocal works and many of his instrumental works. The BCW contains for most works: detailed discographies, discussions, texts and translations, scores, commentaries, references, music examples... Performers of Bach’s works, including their biographies, Bach discographies...“
Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) is the second largest early music festival in the UK, with a large and enthusiastic following of over 6000.“The Festival takes place in late October and early November and is well known for its lively and inspired programming, with events exploring different art forms and performance formats. Concerts take place in a variety of venues in Brighton and Hove, and are often broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Location: Antwerp, BE
“Manoli Blessi was the pseudonym of Antonio Molino, a poet, composer and theatre producer in 16th-century Venice. He wrote his poetry in the so-called 'lingua greghesca': an invented language, a bizarre mix of Venetian and Greek dialects. Zefiro Torna and the dancers of Corpo Barocco will bounce you with a revival of the burlesque extravagance of Blessi's texts in the spirit of the commedia dell'arte …
(From a recent ArkivMusic newsletter)
For those of you who value EMI recodings, “ArkivMusic has a tremendous deal on a select group of classic recordings reissued in the EMI Classics Encore series. CDs from Neville Marriner, Sviatoslav Richter, Klaus Tennstedt, Kathleen Battle, Kiri Te Kanawa, and more are now available at just 5 for $20!“
(From a recent GEMS newsletter)
In a recent GEMS “Notes on the Scene” newsletter, GEMS makes a plea to its readership for help with housing a student studying at the Juilliard School of Music. This plea is exemplary of what the early music community has come to know of the GEMS organization -- helpful and involved.
(From a recent BCSD newsrelease)
(AT) Innsbruck Festival: Donna Leon opens the 36th Innsbruck Festival of Early Music (10-28 Aug 2012)
(From a recent Innsbruck Festival Press Release)
Bestselling author Donna Leon opens the 36th Innsbruck Festival at Schloss Ambras
“INNSBRUCK - The 36th day Innsbruck Festival opens in a ceremony in the Spanish Hall of Ambras Castle; Donna Leon, mystery writer and lover of Baroque opera delivered the keynote address and declared the Innsbruck Festival opened. …”
(From a recent Oxford University Press USA newsletter)
“Think this school year is going to be tough? Make your life easier and save up to 65% on books that will help make studying a breeze. Even if you're not in school, take advantage of the opportunity to grab interesting books for less…”
(From a recent ABS newsletter)
“The 2012 American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy concluded on July 22 with the second of two performances of Bach’s monumental Mass in B Minor, following eleven densely packed days of performances, lectures, and master classes at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. …”
(From the latest blog post at “Unquiet Thoughts”)
“ … This week, we follow up on a question that arose on the lute discussion list: Is it true that, historically, the lute was only available to the wealthy? …
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