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(UK) Colin Booth, Early Keyboard Instruments

Contributed by Admin on May 10, 2011

EarlyMusicNews.org Weblinks Revisited

Colin Booth has been a harpsichordist and harpsichord-maker for more than 30 years. Colin Booth has sold around 300 instruments worldwide, and can point to an unusually large proportion of these sales, to Early Music professionals, and harpsichordists in particular.


(US) The End of Early Music: A Period Performer's History of Music for the Twenty-First Century (Book)

Contributed by Admin on May 10, 2011
Of interest to our readers? Part history, part explanation of early music, this book also plays devil's advocate, criticizing current practices and urging experimentation. Haynes, a veteran of the movement, describes a vision of the future that involves improvisation, rhetorical expression, and composition. Written for musicians and non-musicians alike.


(CA) Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (2011 June 2-15)

Contributed by Admin on May 10, 2011
The Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute is led by some of the world's finest musicians in the field of baroque performance. The Institute is held at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.
 

(US) Flowers For Mother’s Day (Harmonia Episode-Recording) (2011 May 9)

Contributed by Admin on May 10, 2011
“Mother’s Day is a special day set aside to honor our mothers. In the United States, the second Sunday of May is traditionally when it’s celebrated. Around the world it can be observed at varying times of the year.
 

(US) Myths & Allegories (Les Délices Concerts) (2011 May 14-15)

Contributed by Admin on May 09, 2011
We're thrilled to present guest soprano Clara Rottsolk this weekend in Myths & Allegories, a fabulous new program of instrumental and vocal chamber music inspired by Homer's Odyssey.
 

(NL) Fortepiano Restoration Techniques at Beunk & Wennink early pianos

Contributed by Admin on May 09, 2011
The workshop has facilities for all sorts of woodwork and every aspect of the restoration is executed on the premises. We were taught by experience that good results are only possible after a full restoration.
 

(DE) Bach Festival (II) in Bad Krozingen (2011 May 20-22)

Contributed by Admin on May 09, 2011
The German Clavichord Society (DCS) in September 2010 started a four part festival devoted to J.S. Bach, his sources and his scholars. Close to Lüneburg in Northern Germany where the 15 years old Johann Sebastian was chorister, the first part of this festival was arranged in September 2010 at Bleckede Castle and devoted to the young Bach and his musical sources, namely Buxtehude, Reincken and Böhm.


(DE) Newly published at Breitkopf & Härtel

Contributed by Admin on May 09, 2011
From Back to Haas and from Lasso to Brahms, just a reminder to those who have not recently perused the catalogue pages of Breitkopf & Härtel. You may find something of interest for your performing tastes.
 

(US) Harpsichord Unlimited Music Videos Win Awards in 44th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival

Contributed by Admin on May 08, 2011
Our congratulations to Harpsichord Unlimited! Out of more than 4,300 international category entries in WorldFest-Houston's 10 major Remi Award Competitions, Harpsichord Unlimited won a Silver Award (Into the Light) and a Bronze Award (Concertino Cubano). The Remi takes its name from artist Frederick Remington, who captured the spirit of Texas and the West with his paintings and sculptures.


(CA) Italianissimo! with Stefano Montanari Guest Conductor (Tafelmusik season finale) (2011 May 11-15)

Contributed by Admin on May 08, 2011
Stefano Montanari returns to Tafelmusik as guest conductor in a programme of exuberant symphonies and overtures by Italian classical composers. Un finale fantastico!
 

(CA) Sixth Annual Colloquium of the Gregorian Institute of Canada (2011 August 4-7)

Contributed by Admin on May 08, 2011
This year’s theme—Chant: Old and New—is inspired by a particular chant book, which makes Halifax’s Saint Mary’s University its home: the Salzinnes Antiphonal, a 16th-century Cistercian manuscript from what is now the region of Namur in modern-day Belgium.
 

(US) Tallis Scholars Summer Schools (TSSS) -- Seattle University, WA (2011 July 23-30)

Contributed by Admin on May 07, 2011
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.

(US) All The Queen's Men (Tudor Choir Concert) (2011 May 14)

Contributed by Admin on May 07, 2011
The choir for the recent Royal Wedding included the choir of Westminster Abbey as well as the Queen's Chapel Royal, an institution dating back centuries that has produced some of England's greatest composers and music. On May 14, the Tudor presents ALL THE QUEEN'S MEN, a narrated performance of music composed for the Chapel Royal during the reigns of legendary 16th-century monarchs Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I.
 

(FR) Stabat Mater - Messe de Madrid -- Domenico Scarlatti (Recently released by Ensemble Jacques Moderne)

Contributed by Admin on May 07, 2011
Recently released by the Ensemble Jacques Moderne, the “Stabat Mater - Messe de Madrid by Domenico Scarlatti” has received wonderful reviews.


(US) Saint Thomas Fifth Ave NYC Has a Rare Alto Job Opening

Contributed by Admin on May 07, 2011

From the blog “The Countertenor Voice”, we learn of the following:

The Choir of Men and Boys of Saint Thomas Fifth Ave, one of the only truly full-time choral organizations in the USA, has posted the rare job opening for a male alto.


(US) Handel's Beasts: Explained, Illustrated, Complete with Musick (News from San Francisco Classical Voice)

Contributed by Admin on May 06, 2011
In Donna Leon's newly published Handel's Bestiary, she traces 12 of the composer’s animal references through history, mythology, and the specific arias featuring them.


(CA) EarlyMusicNews.org -- Weblinks pages has reached over 2,000 sites

Contributed by Admin on May 06, 2011

Connecting, resourcing, advertising and web presence are many of the “raisons d’être” for the existence one’s website. Recently, EarlyMusicNews.org has catalogued over 2,000 currently active websites. The websites span over 46 categories, residing on many continents, countries and cities.


(UK) Tallis Scholars Summer Schools (TSSS) -- Oakham UK (2011 July 9-16)

Contributed by Admin on May 06, 2011
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.


(UK) Rudall, Rose & Carte: The Art of the Flute in Britain (Robert Bigio, author)

Contributed by Admin on May 02, 2011

This book is a comprehensive history of the firm and contains detailed descriptions of the many innovative instruments they made.
 


(NL) Pergolesi: The Zenith (Holland Baroque Society Concert) (2011 May 13-22)

Contributed by Admin on May 02, 2011
Pergolesi's Stabat Mater is like the snowdrop: a tender flower, poking, fragile, above the snow, well ahead of spring.
 

(US) Square Piano Tech -- A Resource for the 18th and 19th Century Square Pianos (New Website)

Contributed by Admin on May 02, 2011

A dedicated resource guide for the restoration enthusiast who is looking for information on restoring the early square piano!
 


(US) Newly Published at Organ Historical Society (OHS)

Contributed by Admin on May 02, 2011
The Organ Historical Society publishes books, a quarterly journal, an annual study of organs by locale, and also produces sound recordings on CD.
 

(US) "Siren Song: Sephardic Songs of Fantasy and Love:" (Texas Early Music Project (TEMP) concert) (2011 May 7)

Contributed by Admin on May 01, 2011

This sensual and exotic music illuminates the lives of Sephardic Jews after their expulsion from Spain.
 


(US) Austin Chapter of the American Recorder Society Workshop (2011 May 7)

Contributed by Admin on May 01, 2011
The May workshop will explore and focus on two beautiful textless music sources from the early 16th century, which include the full bandwidth of early 16th century secular polyphonic musical expression: from languid songs and teasing folk ditties, to purely instrumentally-conceived pieces and virtuosic compositions.
 

(US) Anne Sofie von Otter, Wigmore Hall (Opera Today, Claire Seymour-Review) (2011 April 29)

Contributed by Admin on May 01, 2011
For the second time in a matter of just a few weeks, the Wigmore Hall audience were treated to an evening of seventeenth-century song and dance.