Festivals, unlike single concerts, are full-immersion events with lots of possibilities to explore all at once. In an effort to bring the festival experience closer to our readers, SFCV sent two writers — Jonathan Rhodes Lee, an experienced early-music performer and writer, and Jessica Hilo, an arts writer with less connection to the early-music world — to “blog” for a full day (last Saturday) at the Berkeley Festival.
(UK) Women Players in England, 1500–1660, edited by Pamela Allen Brown and Peter Parolin (Ashgate, 2008)
Offering evidence of women's extensive contributions to the theatrical landscape, this volume sharply challenges the assumption that the stage was 'all male' in early modern England. The editors and contributors argue that the pervasiveness of female performance affected cultural production, even on the professional London stages that used men and boys for women's parts. English spectators saw women players in professional and amateur contexts, in elite and popular settings, at home and abroad. Women acted in scripted and improvised roles, performed in local festive drama, and took part in dancing, singing, and masquing. English travelers saw professional actresses on the continent and Italian and French actresses visited England.
(US) Call for papers: 2011 Lyrica Dialogues at Harvard (Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations) (1 Sept. 2010)
The Lyrica Society invites abstracts for its 2011 Dialogues at Harvard, themed "France the Lewd--France the Prude / France Erotique--France Pudique" scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 1-2. Six panels, organized by historical periods (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern) will juxtapose moral, ethical, and aesthetic dimensions of religion and spirituality with sensual, sexual, and gendered eroticism in the confluence of French music and literature.
In this groundbreaking study, D. R. M. Irving reconnects the Philippines to current musicological discourse on the early modern Hispanic world. For some two and a half centuries, the Philippine Islands were firmly interlinked to Latin America and Spain through transoceanic relationships of politics, religion, trade, and culture.
In a stunning coup for the Royal College of Music, our Historical Perofrmance team led by Ashley Solomon are delighted to present the first appearance in 250 years of some very special instruments.
(IT) Con la mente e con le mani - Teaching and Learning the Art of Counterpoint on the Keyboard (1585-1671) (18-20 Nov. 2010)
The Conference will be focused on Counterpoint teaching and learning in the Early Seicento.We would like to explore the link between Music Theory and Practice on the keyboard. Improvisation is the working tool for learning music structures. Different scholars will confront themselves with the topic, mixing up various perspectives.
The Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Italian Musicological Society will take place in Pisa in collaboration with Scuola Normale Superiore from 29 to 31 October 2010. On October, 30 all members will gather for their annual meeting.
(IL) International Intensive Seminar of 17th Century Music (22-29 Sept. 2010) (* A General Early Music Course 22-28 Sept. 2010 Directed by Drora Bruck)
Roberto Gini (Italy), Drora Bruck (Israel), Antonella Gianese (Italy)
A unique seminar in which students will undergo a total immersion in the theories and practices of a period that influenced enormously the development of music and musicians. The seminar will offer 7 days of intensive study, masterclasses and workshops in the lovely atmosphere of Felicia Blumental Music Center, in the heart of Tel Aviv.
Since its inception in the 1980s, the Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music has established itself as one of the largest and most important musicological meetings in the academic calendar. It attracts leading established scholars while fostering young and upcoming talent. Previously held in cities such as Dublin, Logroño, Manchester, Warsaw and Leeds, the event takes place for the first time in Northern Ireland.
We are pleased to announce the publication of two serenatas for solo voices and strings, both attributed to "Sig.r Scarlatti," in an edition by Marie-Louise Catsalis; see Nos. 17 of the WLSCM Catalogue. Two other editions are forthcoming in the very near future–please check back!
This Year’s Theme: “France: Source of European Music”
Baroque Ballet Intensive (July 8-18, 2010)
Historical Dance Program (July 10-18, 2010)
Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut
Dance Faculty: Dorothy Olsson, Director; Kaspar D. Mainz; Peggy Murray, Dance Assistant
Dance is an integral part of the Amherst Early Music Festival (a two-week early music festival with a vast array of musical offerings). For the 2010 workshop, classes will be offered in Baroque Dance, Baroque Dance Notation, Renaissance Dance, and Music of Charpentier and Lully. Participants are also entitled to attend many other events (including English country dancing, concert and lectures) in the evenings that are part of the Amherst Early Music Festival.
(FR) "Les cantates de J.-S. Bach : Textes, traductions, commentaires" -- Newly Published from Éditions Fayard (March 2010)
Long unknown to the general public of music lovers, the cantatas of Bach are today enjoying the excitement that justifies this incomparable treasure. Recording compendiums are increasing, as well as concert series have gained increasing popularity. The spiritual content of church cantatas, along with a complex German language and the multiple connotations of booklets have hampered access to an audience filled with the Passions and oratorios. As for the secular cantatas, they still remain separate from programs.
Bach en Combrailles’ past 12 years, tells the true glory of Bach but we need more time to talk about his son. Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, who passes, by all accounts of contemporaries, to have been the most gifted, born there exactly 300 years. We pay tribute to him in several of our programs.
XII International Early Music Course
Accademia del Ricercare
July 26-August 2, 201
- - Concerts
- - Conference and exhibition of printed music and books by Musedita, publishing house directed by Alessandro Bares
- - Conference and exhibition of recorders by recorder maker Luca De Paolis
- - The European association of recorder teachers -- information about the aims and activities of the association
Concerts In London Summer 2010
The following is the summer concert listing:
Intarsi di musica e danza antica
9th early music and dance summer workshop
Artistic direction: Claudia Celi and Andrea Toschi
Roma (Italy) - August 1st to 8th, 2010
This year's edition of "L'Humor Bizzarro. Intarsi di musica e danza
antica" returns to the Eternal City, hosted by the historic Scuola
Popolare di Musica di Testaccio. Featured courses and workshops
Discover the various names of the word “Recorder” over the ages! This list has been generously compiled by Charles Fischer at Unicorn Music.
That Antonio Vivaldi’s name is know the world over can be attributed almost entirely to a single piece of music, The Four Seasons, first published in 1725 and still enjoying tremendous success today. Who would have thought that tucked away in the composers private library were hundreds of other pieces from his hand ranging from operas and sacred music to hundreds of concertos for one, two, three or more instruments. Most of it had not been published in his lifetime and was consequently forgotten after his death. Incredibly, this vast collection of music reappeared nearly intact in 1930 when it was purchased by the Biblioteca Nazionale in Turin, Italy, but it is only in recent years that this music has begun to be recorded and included in public concerts.
(IT) The courts in Europe. Musical Iconography and Princely Power (May 23-25. 2010) -- Call for Papers (June 30, 2010)
The courts in Europe. Musical iconography and princely power
Le corti in Europa. Iconografia musicale e potere principesco
Call for papers
The Istituto per i Beni Musicali in Piemonte, in collaboration with the Regione Piemonte and under the patronage of the Società Italiana di Musicologia is pleased to invite scholars from different countries and from various disciplines to participate in the
International Musicological Society
Study Group on Musical Iconography
THE COURTS IN EUROPE. MUSICAL ICONOGRAPHY AND PRINCELY POWER
LE CORTI IN EUROPA. ICONOGRAFIA MUSICALE E POTERE PRINCIPESCO
Torino (Italy), Archivio di Stato, May 23-25, 2011
New issue of Perf. Practice Review is available online.
Volume 14 (2009) includes:
- - JOHN BASS: "Improvisation in Sixteenth-Century Italy: Lessons from Rhetoric and Jazz"
- - ROLAND JACKSON: "Realizing the Continuo in Monteverdi's Lamento della ninfa and its Implications for Early Seventeenth-Century Italian Continuo Practice"
- - NOEL O'REGAN: "What can the organ partitura to Tomás Luis deVictoria’s Missae, Magnificat, motecta, psalmi et alia quam plurimaof 1600 tell us about performance practice?"
- - STEWART POLLENS: "Some Misconceptions about the Baroque Violin"
- - ROLAND JACKSON reviewing Timothy Watkins, Performance Practice:Issues and Approaches
My Lady’s Chamber July Concert Cancelled
Owing to circumstances beyond our control, My Lady’s Chamber regrets having to pull out of our 1st July concert at 7.30pm at The Red Hedgehog, Highgate, UK, which was previously advertised here. My Lady’s Chamber apologises for any inconvenience caused.Visit website for more information: My Lady’s Chamber
The Harpsichordist's Touch: A Historical and Contemporary Perspective
Touch is one of the primary means toward expressivity on the harpsichord. Seattle teacher and performer Jillon Stoppels Dupree will draw upon historical sources, the teachings of today's finest masters, and the evolution of harpsichord building in the 20th century in presenting her approach to touch.
Historical to Contemporary Harpsichord and Vocal Accompaniment
Baritone Zachary Gordin and harpsichordist Jonathan Davis will present a concert and discussion.
An opportunity to hear the finalists compete in concert in the second year of this new competition. Listen to their performances, then cast your vote for the ensemble which you think should win the coveted Audience Prize.
Early Music Event near Montpellier (FR)
- Alain Cahagne : harpsichord, basso continuo and singing chief
- José Vazquez : viola da gamba, baroque violin and direction
- Lucia Krommer : viola da gamba and baroque cello (till the 4th august)
- Achim Schulz : singing, voacl ensemble and body trining for intrumentalists and singers (till the 4th august)
- Philippe Suzanne : traverso
- Patricia Gonzalez : singing
Agostino Steffani’s “Niobe, Queen of Thebes”
Starring: Soprano Amanda Forsythe and Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky
Cambridge, MA – June 4, 2010 – The Boston Early Music Festival has announced plans for its 2011 Festival operatic centerpiece Niobe, Queen of Thebes by the Italian composer Agostino Steffani (1653–1728). In keeping with BEMF’s internationally-acclaimed tradition of presenting little-known Baroque opera masterpieces, Steffani’s Niobe is “a stunning achievement, blending poignant drama with powerfully beautiful music to tell a story of human strength and weakness” says BEMF Executive Director Kathleen Fay.
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