(From a recent Unquiet Thoughts blog post)
“… This morning, we dip into the writings presumably authored by Giovanni de' Bardi, Count of Vernio (1534 – 1612), from his correspondence with Giulio Caccini (1551 – 1618). Bardi is credited by posterity as a cheerleader for the simpler, more dramatic and expressive monody that led to what we have come to know as Baroque music, in opposition to the headier polyphony that characterized much music from the 16th century. …”
Location: Picture Ray Studios, 245 West 18th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues) Manhattan, New York NY, US
Parthenia, New York’s premiere viol consort, will present Musica Universalis - Musical Invention in the Age of Discovery, on Saturday, May 5 at 8:00 PM at Picture Ray Studio, 245 West 18th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues) in Manhattan. Special guest will be renowned viol virtuoso Sarah Cunningham.
Repertoire will be selections from the late 15th and 16th centuries by Thomas Stolzter, Heinrich Isaac, Vincenzo Ruffo, William Cornish, Christopher Tye, Robert Parsons and William Byrd.
(US) Harmonia Early Music Interview: "Catching Up With Jacques Ogg" by Wendy Gillespie (12 apr 2012)
“Dutch harpsichordist, fortepianist and conductor Jacques Ogg visited Bloomington, Indiana in January and joined me [Wendy Gillespie] for a conversation about his role as artistic director for Lyra Baroque Orchestra (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN) and his experience of being a student of the late Gustav Leonhardt.
Jacques also shares his thoughts about early keyboards and points out some of his more “interesting” recordings. …“
A reminder that you may want to browse the pages on the Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM) website as there have been many new early music titles added to their online catalogue.
Here are a few of the new titles found on their site: …
(From the latest Accordone newsletter, the concert listings for the month of May and June 2012)
Background notes of Accordone: “Guido Morini and Marco Beasley founded Accordone in 1984, motivated by a great passion for the music before Bach, for original instruments and for a new musicological approach to problems of interpretation. At the heart of their work is Italian music for voice and basso continuo from the 16th and 17th centuries. The voice of Marco Beasley, immediately recognizable for its beautiful timbre, in perfect stylistic balance with the instruments which accompany him, is the ideal companion for the profound knowledge of instrumental, improvisational and compositional questions cultivated by Guido Morini, and make Accordone a unique ensemble on the European scene.”
The following are the next May, June 2012 concerts: …
“Kick off the summer with a weekend of small and large ensembles on an idyllic retreat center campus in rural Connecticut. The Amherst Early Music Weekend Workshops are smaller, more relaxed versions of the summer festival. Take classes in a variety of subjects for most of the day -- repertory, notation, technique, and ensembles -- and in the evenings enjoy all-workshop group sessions (kind of like Collegium at the Festival) and a Sunday night faculty concert. There's also English country dancing and the companionship of your fellow musicians.”
(FR) Les Passions Orchestra at Montauban Concert(s): Te Deum et Messe en ré de Jean Gilles (1668-1705)" (1-2 may, 26 aug 2012)
Temple des Carmes - Montauban (82) (1 may 2012)
Cathédrale St Etienne - Toulouse (31) (2 may 2012)
Abbatiale Saint Robert de La Chaise-Dieu (43) (26 aug 2012)
Les Passions - Chœur de chambre Les éléments
Solistes: Anne Magouët, Vincent Lièvre-Picard, Jean-François Novelli et Alain Buet
Direction Jean-Marc Andrieu
“Continuing the exploration and restitution of works of the choirmaster of the Cathedral of Toulouse – Jean Gilles, Les Passions offer the third and final part of this great enterprise of critical acclaim.
From the latest newsletter from Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS)
“GEMS has been working with Juilliard's Historical Performance Program since its inception to help broaden its reach by connecting in valuable ways with New York's professional early music community. Among our projects are listing the graduation recitals offered by students about to leave the program and join our community as working musicians, and extending invitations to working professionals to attend special events at Juilliard, including their master classes, at no charge. …
(US) Lute Society of America Summer Seminar: Application for Student Scholarships Deadline (4 May 2012)
Location: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH, US
A reminder for students who are planning to attend the Lute Society of America Summer Seminar (24-30 jun 2012). The deadline for application to the “Student Scholarships” is on the 4th of May 2012 and is fast approaching.
Location: The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st St., New York NY, US
A quartet of virtuosi performs German and Bohemian masterworks in the intimate mirrored hall of The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium.
Robert Mealy, violin
Gonzalo Ruiz, oboe
Dominic Teresi, bassoon
Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord
GF Handel, Trio Sonata in B-flat major Op. 2, No. 3
CPE Bach, Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in G minor, Wq 135
JS Bach, Prelude and Fugue in G-sharp minor, BWV 863
Zelenka, Trio Sonata in B-flat major, ZWV 181/3
Teleman, Trio Sonata in G minor, from Essercizii Musici
JS Bach, Sonata for violin and harpsichord, BWV 1015
The Toronto Consort launches its 2012-2013 concert season.
“What a pleasure it is to invite you to join the Toronto Consort in a Year of Celebration! Over our forty years, we’ve had some remarkable adventures – touring, more than eleven recordings (another one is coming this season!), educational events of all kinds, collaborating on projects with friends at Tafelmusik, Opera Atelier, the Toronto International Film Festival, and Soundstreams, recording music for films and TV. …
Vol I: From Prehistoric times until 1790
Vol II: From 1790 until 1945
Vol III: From 1945 to present day
Authoritative, bold and clear, this reference work documents the full range of religious diversity in American history, telling the story of a rich religious culture that includes representatives of most of the world's religions. …
Recent awards and previous awards bestowed upon this fabulous group make their offerings on their site as well as on the music distribution channels even more enticing.
“The vocal and instrumental consort Capilla Flamenca takes its name from the choir of the court chapel of Emperor Charles V. When Charles left the Low Countries in 1517, he took his best musicians with him in order to accompany him as 'living polyphony' to Spain.
Today's Capilla Flamenca recruits its specialized musicians mainly from Flanders so as to bring to life again the unique timbre of this brilliant 15th - 16th music in its full authenticity. According to the needs of the programme or genre, today's vocal core of the ensemble (counter tenor - tenor - baritone - bass) is enlarged with an alta capella (wind instruments), a bassa capella (string instruments), an organ or with complementary singers. …
Between Monday 25 and Friday 29 June four aspiring harpsichordists will work with The English Concert, their artistic director Harry Bicket and two solo singers in directing a range of Baroque repertoire, culminating in a public concert in which all student participants direct The English Concert. This year's students are now chosen! They are:
Thomas Foster (UK)
Jeffrey Grossman (USA)
Tamar Halperin (Israel)
Pawel Siwczak (Poland)
Concert Advanced Workshops on Ottoman Classical Music
At the end of the workshop there will be a public concert in which the participants will perform some pieces studied during the workshop. Free entrance -- 21 April 2012 6pm
Background of the workshop:
The Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies (IISMC) at the Giorgio Cini Foundation will launch a new programme in 2012: Advanced Workshops on Ottoman Classical Music. The workshops are intended for musicians and musicologists who wish to further their instrumental and musicological knowledge in this important field of traditional music. The teacher as well as artistic and cultural director of the advanced workshops is Kudsi Erguner, an internationally-renowned musician and musicologist who, for several years now, has been teaching courses of ney flute at the IISMC, assisted by the ethnomusicologist Giovanni De Zorzi, an expert on traditionalmusic for the area in question. …
(US) Weekend Specials at ArkivMusic: Carmelite Vespers - Handel, Caldara / De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis
(From the latest newsletter from ArkivMusic (4 apr 2012))
““Carmelite Vespers 1709” presents a reconstruction of musical performances in Rome in 1709, based on a new critical edition by Italian Handel expert Angela Romagnoli.
In early 18th century-Rome the holiday of Madonna del Carmine was celebrated with a lavish musical pasticcio. Italian Early Music specialist Alessandro de Marchi, his Academia Montis Regalis and an excellent ensemble of solo vocalists present the reconstruction of such a service as it might have been performed in 1709 under the direction of Venetian master Antonio Caldara (1670–1736). The programme combines lesser-known but stunningly beautiful pieces by Caldara himself with famous motets by his predecessor Handel such as “Dixit Dominus” or “Laudate pueri”. …
Dance Technique – Costumes – Notation – Reconstruction -- Repertoire
“This Summer workshop for dancers, choreographers, teachers and researchers is meant to be part of the training in Baroque Dance leading the International Certification by the International Council CID UNESCO, Paris. Participation is not limited to CID-members.
The Festival de Froville opens on the 19th of may with Concerto Köln and Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater followed by thirteen concerts in Froville and Lunéville. Before this date, so anticipated, the festival proposes two exceptional concerts.
The musicians of the film“Intouchables” visit Lunéville on April 27th, in the Festival Hall of Cirey sur Vezouze, and, April 28th at the Lunéville Castle Chapel. ”Le Cariccio Français” directed by Philippe Le Fèvre, with Hélène Dufour, harpsichord; Yann Rolland, countertenor; Estelle Béréau, soprano, perform:
Antonio VIVALDI’s most appreciated airs
Some works of XVIIIth century Venice
Motets and opera excerpts for soprano or countertenor (solo or duo)
You will find a full selection of titles on display during the conference on our conference page. Even if you were unable to visit our stand, we would still like to offer you this special discount. Be sure to order by the end of April when this discount expires!”
“Welcome to the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations and join us as we throw a party to celebrate Stratford-upon-Avon’s favourite son.”
“This unique event has taken place in Stratford for nearly 200 years. It is a tradition that brings together the local community, performers, artists and ambassadors from around the world in a vibrant celebration of the life and works of William Shakespeare“ (view the short video discussion on the bard’s real day of birth!)
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