News from Oxford University Press, the soon to be published paperback/hardback:
“The Performance of 16th-Century Music will enable the performer to better understand this music and advance their technical and expressive abilities. Early music specialist Anne Smith outlines several major areas of technical knowledge and skill needed to perform the music of this period.
Rendezvous for lovers of music and art, and not just Baroque!
The Harmonia Early Music website is running an interesting project.
“We’re looking to put together a program of listener favorites and we need your help.
… The American medieval ensemble Cançonièr has taken inspiration from Benheim’s poem as well as the music from Dracula’s time. Their recording “The Black Dragon” includes traditional and art music of the period in addition to excerpts from the blood-curdling poem.
Snow be damned, we have managed to pull together our sophomore issue! And what an issue we have for you. Nature’s Way: Vocal Production in Social Context by Dr. Peter Hennen, and my article, How to Handle Spelling Händel, cover topics close to the countertenor experience.
Bach’s great monument to the human spirit, featuring the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Orchestra and a stunning cast of soloists, all under the direction of Choir Director Ivars Taurins.
Dorothee Mields, soprano
Laura Pudwell, mezzo-soprano
Charles Daniels, tenor
Brett Polegato, baritone
The Margaret Cavendish Society is pleased to announce its next meeting.
THEME: The Cavendishes and Anglo-European Cultural Exchange: Seventeenth-Century Dutch, Flemish and French Influences.
Menucha Retreat Center, Corbett, Oregon
Imagine a long weekend filled with music-making, camaraderie, good food, and a beautiful setting in nature, and you are already having dreams of attending the Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat. Located just 20 miles east of Portland, and perched on a bluff overlooking the spectacular Columbia River, Menucha is an idyllic retreat center.
The Farallon Recorder Quartet announces the release of its new CD entitled "From Albion's Shores."
YouTube video of an interview with Maestro López Banzo of the Al Ayre Español ensemble on Handel. Al Ayre Español was founded in 1988 by Eduardo López Banzo for the purpose of addressing topics that then surrounded the interpretation of Spanish baroque music.
Winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson is regarded as one of the world's leading performers of the music of Frédéric Chopin. He is also noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire.
Some few years back, Suisse-Romande pianist Pierre Goy set about crafting an international setting for a spirited exchange of ideas, informed opinions, and in-depth information touching on music for and with keyboards. Each even year since 2002, his Rencontres harmoniques have conferred total immersion in the theme at hand on performers, professionals in the field, and a growing public.
Chalice Consort is pleased to announce the second annual Chalice Consort Early Music Conference (CCEMC), which brings together performers, scholars, and listeners of early music to examine newly-discovered and edited sacred music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, and select the top piece from those heard at the conference will be performed at a future concert by the Chalice Consort.
We are on the hunt for missing "pieces" of early music history in alignment with our mission. Chalice is calling for submissions for the 2011 Early Music Scholars Competition (EMSC).
To those who may be interested, we are trying a new idea - for us at least. Responding to requests from our audiences, we have just posted a few singles of pieces that we frequently perform live but have not been included on our CDs.
Counterpoints Publishing LLC was formed to answer the question, “who does a countertenor have to know to get his hands on some repertoire?” While the countertenor voice has experienced a well-deserved renaissance since Alfred Deller stepped out of the choir stalls at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, much of the music from the countertenor’s Baroque heyday remains bound up in libraries, in illegible or prohibitively expensive scores.
Bach’s Passions – Musical Language and Religious Contexts
June 6–10, 2011
In the course of its annual Summer Term, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music will offer a weeklong course on Johann Sebastian Bach’s Passions, taught by Yale faculty member Prof. Markus Rathey:
Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John and St. Matthew Passions, considered cornerstones of the western classical music canon, form the culmination of his art as a composer of sacred music. The revival of Bach’s music in 19th century concert halls began with Mendelssohn’s performance of the St. Matthew Passion.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ll highlight the astonishingly beautiful playing of Toronto-based lutenist Lucas Harris, whose poetic approach has been called “a revelation” (Le Devoir).
The Beukers, Tassi, Wijne, Kirst and Haka originals all are found in the Ehrenfeld collection, therefore some information about this collection and my relation with it here!
The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) is now accepting proposals for individual papers and complete sessions for its annual conference, to be held at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas, Oct 27-30, 2011. This hotel (awarded four diamonds by AAA) is in the center of Fort Worth on historic Sundance Square, and is moments away from the museum district, which includes the Kimbell Art Museum, the Museum of American Art, and the Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth.
Preparations for the 2011 Early Brass Festival (27th annual) are underway. This year’s conference will be held at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, on August 5-7, 2011. Rick Seraphinoff will be hosting us as co-director, and Jeff Nussbaum, as usual, is our overall director and coordinator. We hope that all of our members will consider attending, submitting paper proposals, and performing with us!
The Seattle-based Tudor Choir has been performing Renaissance polyphony and early American music for nearly two decades. The flexible ensemble is made up of twelve core singers and is directed by its founder, Doug Fullington. The choir’s performances and recordings have received international acclaim.
Nothing like back to basics: to feel the thickness of the paper, enjoy the typography, the taste turns of the time ...
Let us stop a moment to discover the precepts of Couperin through a footnote on page in a scholarly work today and listen to the voice that we imagine shy, almost hesitant, from one of French harpsichordists’ greatest. Let us stop bickering about the size of the chorus of Bach's cantatas in Leipzig and take a look at the key document that the passions unleashed and allows all the assumptions ...
Awards presented at the Indianapolis Annual Meeting (Fall 2010) of the AMS (American Musicological Society).
The 2010 winner of the Philip Brett Award is Roger Freitas for his book,“Portrait of a Castrato: Politics, Patronage, and Music in the Life of Atto Melani” (Cambridge University Press, 2009).