To what extent did music lend its voice to political and cultural ideas of its time? How did composers react to the permanently changing relations between art, politics and society? Or, how did political and religious rulers manage to involve composers in the organised spreading of their ideals?
The 2008 edition of the Festival of Flanders - Bruges, Musica Antiqua - from now on MAfestival - focuses on some of the political aspects of early music in England. What was it that incited a prominent member of the Royal Chapel like William Byrd to compose almost 200 works in Latin, including several catholic masses, at a time when the Reformation of Queen Elisabeth did forbid it? What was the hidden agenda of Thomas Morley when he composed his Oriana madrigals? 'Long live Elisabeth'? Or indeed 'au contraire'? How did John Blow succeed, at the dawn of the English opera, to insert his Venus & Adonis into the ideas of nation building? And what did Bach and Abel have in common with freemasonry? These and other political questions are to be found within the diversified offer of concerts the 45th edition of the festival is proposing. ...
Early Music Summer Courses
- Organ & Harpsichord
- Baroque Cello
- Baroque Singing - NEW!
- Chamber Music,
- Basso Continuo ...
Entertainers, stilt-walkers in fancy-dress and music for big and little Festwochen-Fans. Free entrance.
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"Die Moral von der Geschicht" - the oratorio in the 17th Century René Jacobs and international music scholars In conversation with the audience. Free entrance.
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The 32nd Innsbruck Festival of Early Music 2008 focuses on Handel’s Belshazzar und further oratorio works.
The Old Testament, the text central to two world religions, relates of a mythical age when God intervened physically and by means of omens in human lives – the Age of Miracles. These biblical stories of revelation together with selected legends of the Saints furnished the Baroque period with ideal material for its preoccupation with the concept of pathos. Italy was the birthplace of a new, religious counterpart to opera which was then perfected in Rome: the oratorio. Three works based on biblical themes are at the centre of the 32nd Innsbruck Festival 2008 – two of them as staged productions. ...
This is the second International Academy for Early Music which will be organized by the Institute of Early Music and Performance Practice of the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz (KUG) this summer.
It will offer a broad selection of master courses, a variety of chamber music with various instruments and additional courses for professional musicians, students and highly advanced amateurs. All courses may also be attended passively. ...
For lovers of rare musical instruments, the Fiske Museum at the Claremont Colleges long has been an astonishing if somewhat mysterious collection.
Its 1,200 instruments from around the world include an 18th century Italian mandolin, unusual over-the-shoulder military brasses from the Civil War era, a gourd fiddle from Africa and a 9-foot-long temple trumpet from Tibet. ...
A summer course in baroque period string-playing with the international violinist MARGARET FAULTLESS with Lucy Robinson (viola da gamba) and Andrew Wilson-Dickson (harpsichord and organ)
This course is offered for the first time, in the delightful surroundings of a small French country village and making use of its 12th-century church and a newly refurbished salle de musique with excellent acoustics. ...
It provides a rare and stimulating opportunity for amateur and semi-professional musicians, and those studying to embark on a musical career, to immerse themselves in baroque music in a friendly environment with the aid of excellent, experienced and helpful tutors. ...
Silk, Syrup, Saffron
"The Montreal Baroque Festival proudly presents its sixth edition, Silk, Syrup, Saffron In 2008, Quebec City commemorates the 400 anniversary of its founding. In honour of this, Montreal Baroque will celebrate the wealth of musical culture brought over by French immigrants… and also the creative influences of immigrants from many countries that have peopled and shaped the artistic landscapes of Montreal. Montreal is teeming with cultural diversity! In addition to the artistic traditions of the founding fathers, the French and the Scots, the city harbours a multitude of other cultural heritages: European, Middle-Eastern, Asian, North and South American, and Caribbean, each contributing to the sumptuous cultural patchwork of our city. ...
"We welcome players over 16 years of age (15, if accompanied by an adult course member who will accept full responsibility), at all levels from elementary to advanced players.
Each morning starts with a tutorial class. There will be advanced classes (by audition), intermediate classes, and also two permanent ensembles, at advanced and intermediate level. These two ensemble classes are for people who do not wish to work on specific solo repertoire. (Visit site for a list of the 2008 tutorial music. (EMN.org ed.)) For the people joining Intermediate 1, here are some scales. (Visit site for scales.(EMN.org ed.))
There are also twice daily ensembles, graded in order of difficulty, and students can attend whichever they choose. (Visit site for a list of the 2008 ensemble music. (EMN.org ed.)) ...
It will be a veritable ensemble extravaganza! More than 50 aspiring musicians comprising sixteen different groups will be contending for prizes worth over £1000 in a completely new Early Keyboard Ensemble Competition at Fenton House in Hampstead.
The groups face two elimination rounds, both of which will be open to the public. The First Round will be held from 2-5pm on the afternoons of 7th, 8thand 9thMay at Fenton House. For the cost of admission (free to National Trust members, no booking required) visitors will be able not only to view the 17thcentury House and its collections but also to enjoy a whole afternoon of Baroque music on historic instruments. They can also leave comments for the Jury who must select up to six ensembles to advance to the finals. ...
The course covers all aspects of early music and is suitable for beginners through to advanced and solo players. ...
Alison Crum, director, with Alice Robbins (USA) and Roy Marks
A chance for viol players with a particular interest in English consort music to work with distinguished professional players and teachers. Optional sessions focus on other topics such as madrigals, consort songs, early renaissance repertoire and continuo playing. ...
Cheltenham Recorder Festival
15th, 16th, 17th August 2008
Dean Close School, Cheltenham
Over the past three years the Cheltenham Recorder Festival has grown to become one of the highlights of the recorder year. The CRF offers an exciting variety of music to cater for all tastes and abilities, ranging from the established Renaissance and Baroque repertoire through to contemporary pieces which will be premièred at the CRF.
The tutors at the festival are specialists in their fields, ready to dispense friendly advice, direction and insights.Tutors for the 2008 CRF include:
Helen Hooker, Grace Barton, Ruth Burbidge, John Hawkes, Ann Lyall, Steve Marshall, Andrew Melville, Pam Smith and Moira Usher.
Our aim is to pack as much as ...
11th Festival of the
Hungarian Haydn Society
23 – 31 August 2008
18-22 June 2008
Organizers: Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Clavicembalo Foundation, Hungarian National Museum, Joseph Károlyi Foundation, Tihamér Vujicsics Music School Szentendre
Patron: Dr. András Batta, Rector of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music
Artistic director: Prof. Anikó Horváth ...
Nikolaus Harnoncourt about CEMBALISSIMO 2008:
"I wish all the best for your wonderful ideas and their realization! When I hear of these kinds of plans I am happy and hopeful."
Borbála Dobozy, Christine Schornsheim, Johann Sonnleitner, Jacques Ogg, Elżbieta Stefańska, Svitlana Shabaltina, Katalin Komlós, Zsolt Balog, Dalma Cseh, Aino Oláh, Rita Papp, György Vashegyi, Mária Zádori also Olena Zhukova, Szilvia Elek, Márton Borsányi, Margit Kovács, Siciliano Chamber Ensemble, Students of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, etc.
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