“Le Clavecin en fête, a spring festival held in some of the most beautiful venues in Walloon Brabant and in Brussels, is celebrating its 22nd anniversary, this year.
The traditional venue of these concerts is the beautiful romanesque church of Tourinnes-la-Grosse, from which the festival derives its name. But the little church of Upigny provides an alternative venue when the intimate character of the works on the program requires one.
In the wake of the festival, there are also "The Harpsichord on Thursdays" and the "Espace Mikrokosmos", whose programs are a perfect foil for those of "The Harpsichord at Tourinnes".
Location: First Church Congregational, Cambridge MA, US
“Helios Early Opera makes its debut with Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s grand biblical drama David et Jonathas. A tragic love story between the future king of Israel and the doomed Jonathan, son of King Saul, David et Jonathas is one of only two full-length operas by one of the most fascinating composers of the seventeenth century. Full of psychological intensity, Bretonneau’s libretto provides a gripping drama that is highlighted by Charpentier’s dazzlingly innovative and powerful score.”
Location: Watou, BE
(Pre-programs from 12th to 17th May)
“From the 17th to the 20th of May 2012, twenty-eight prominent gregorian scholas, ensembles and choirs from Europe and Asia will be meeting in the West-Flemish art village of Watou where, for the eleventh time, the International Festival of Gregorian Chant will take place, the most important festival in the world featuring this kind of music. For people who cherish silence and gregorian chant Watou has become a halting-place and a pilgrim’s resort. ”
From the latest http://www.Musicologie.org newsletter no. 137 (12 Jan 2012), articles of interest:
- Biography of Lebègue Nicolas-Fraçois (1631-1702) by Jean-Marc Warszawski (http://is.gd/gIPPg4)
- Analysis of Bach’s fugue BMV 865/2 by Claude Charlier (http://is.gd/cIRDEr)
You may also be interested in exploring the site’s book section; calendar of events; discography etc.
(Institute of Dancing Vintage and Modern Dances/ .creanc. Tanz&Kreativwerkstatt)
European and American Vintage Dances ~ Ballroom dances of the 19th Century
Dancing Classes August 12 – August 19 & Gran d Ball on August 18 in 2012 in Vienna, Austria
“The course will teach ballroom dances of the 19th century, both couple and formation dances, which were then very popular in the famous ballrooms of Vienna, Berlin, Paris, London and New York. Newly reconstructed quadrilles, waltzes, polkas and mazurkas from that period will be rehearsed during the course and will be included in the programme of the Grand Ball. The ball dancers will be expected to wear period costumes and a live orchestra will play in a gala programme with the theme of Strauß’s famous waltz “Wiener Blut” (The Viennese Blood).
“EMA’s Outreach Grant is intended to support outreach and/or educational projects for children or adults by ensembles and individual artists. Grants will be awarded for projects taking place during the year July 1-June 30 following the application deadline. The typical grant award is $1000.
(NL) Semibrevity "A Blog About Early Music Pioneers" Article: "Gustav Leonhardt (1928–2012), the end of an era" (19 jan 2012)
“It’s so sad that Gustav Leonhardt is no more.
I first heard him, partnered by Frans Brüggen in a concert in St Albans. Since then, I’ve seen him many times and, apart from the extraordinary playing, have often been struck by the fact that he mostly used his own elegant manuscript scores, presumably copied from ancient tomes during his early years in Vienna.
Location: Concordia University Texas, 11400 Concordia University Dr., Austin, TX 78726
“Please join us for the 2012 Summer Texas Toot! The beautiful campus of Concordia University is once again our home, and as always, we'll have outstanding faculty members teaching recorder, viol, reeds, lute, harp, and other instruments, as well as continuo and voice.”
- From the 25th Competition (2011) it is developed to the Early Music Festival, YAMANASHI, including International Early Music Competition, YAMANASHI. It consists of Competition, Exhibition and Demonstration of instruments, books, CDs etc. Masterclass or Speech by juries, many Concerts by juries, prize winners etc.
- The 25th Competition is postponed one year till 28th to 30th 2012 because of Earthquake and Tsunami Dissaster on the 11th March 2011
Location: Uppingham UK
Repertoire to include: Josquin, Guerrero, Morales, Gabrieli & settings of 'When David heard'
“The UK branch of the Tallis Scholars Summer Schools is dedicated to exploring our great heritage of Renaissance choral music and developing a performance style appropriate to it, as pioneered by the Tallis Scholars. Under the direction of Peter Phillips and members of the Tallis Scholars we work on concert and service repertoire in a variety of small and medium sized groups. The week’s activities culminate in a Gala Concert by summer school participants, directed by Peter Phillips.
Location: Seattle University, Seattle WA, US
“The Tallis Scholars Summer Schools are dedicated to exploring the great heritage of Renaissance choral music and developing a performance style appropriate to it, as pioneered by the Tallis Scholars. Under the direction of Peter Phillips and members of the Tallis Scholars, we work on concert and service repertoire in a variety of small and medium-sized groups. The week’s activities culminate in a Gala Concert by summer school participants, directed by Peter Phillips. The dynamic, global city of Seattle is a thriving hub of early music, providing the perfect setting for the Tallis Scholars Summer School in the USA.
(AT) Internationales Seminar für alte Musik (International Seminar for Early Music) (25 Jul-5 Aug 2012)
Location: Baroque castle of Zell and der Pram in Upper Austria
“This course is oriented towards professional musicians, music teachers, music students and other interested people who want to enhance their musical skills.
Along with general advice on playing an instrument, each participant receives individual instruction and can take part in additional activities such as chamber music, ensembles, choir, orchestra and workshops on selected topics. Opportunities are also provided to attend lectures and to purchase early music scores. Concerts by teachers and by the participants themselves are likewise part of the programme. Players of Baroque bassoon, double bass and violone are also welcome.”
Location: Hunter College in Manhattan, New York
“PURPOSE OF THE SOCIETY
- To cultivate, foster, sponsor, and develop appreciation of the art, history, literature and uses of historical harps.
- To promote appreciation of and to raise the level of proficiency in the performance and use of historical harps.
- To keep historical harp makers and performers, along with other friends of the historical harp, informed about literature and activities pertaining to historical harps, and to provide occasions for them to meet.
- To promote the use of historical harps as professional instruments, and to encourage their use among amateurs.
- To encourage the reconstruction of historical harps.
- To collect and disseminate information regarding the construction of and performance upon historical harps.”
& Baroque Opera Project: Der geduldige Socrates
Week I-July 8-14, 2012 – Visions and Miracles
Week II-July 15-21, 2012 – On Wings of Song
Directors: Rotem Gilbert and Hanneke van Proosdij
“Save the dates in your calendar as we return with TWO weeks of SFEMS Recorder Workshop! Pick your week, or come to both. Fill your days with recorder ensembles, technique, Renaissance consort, recorder orchestra, master class, Feldenkrais movement, concerts, lectures, and more. Explore Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Contemporary, and World Music in an intimate setting with world-class faculty. Develop your recorder technique and ensemble skills in an inspiring and supportive atmosphere.
Location: Washington National Cathedral & Cathedral College, Washington DC
(Plus an optional extra day of musical orientation Monday, July 9.)
Commemorating the 400th anniversary of Giovanni Gabrieli, organist at the great Basilica of St. Mark in Venice, the workshop will focus on his music – both sacred and secular – and that of his teachers and pupils, including Orlandus Lassus, Andrea Gabrieli, Hans Leo Haßler and Heinrich Schütz.
Location: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
“The Jurow Competition semi-final round will feature 16 contestants performing solo works by Byrd and Bach, a movement from James Dorsa's Jupiter's Moons, and accompanying violinist Martie Perry on the Sonata in D minor by Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre. The selected semi-finalists are: Leon Schelhase, Nadja Lesaulnier, Lark Powers, Assaf Sommer, Mo-ah Kim, Chiaki Omura, Mark Edwards, Jia Lim, Tami Morse, Ricardo Magnus, Elisabetta Ferri, Shin Hwang, Jovana Bojovic, Jacob Street, Elena Zamolodchikova, & Faythe Vollrath.
Finals for The Eighth Aliénor International Harpsichord Composition Competition will take place on Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. in Werner Recital Hall at CCM.The Aliénor's purpose: To encourage the composition of solo music for harpsichord and chamber music for harpsichord with modern or period instruments. The works of all finalists will be performed on the March 23 concert. Finalists in the solo category will be awarded $600 each plus additional prizes at the final concert, and the 3 finalists in the chamber music category will be awarded $800 each plus additional prizes at the final concert. The audience members are the judges for the top three prizes, which will be announced at a reception to follow.
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