(CA) "Polish Popular Music of the XVIIth century, Polska muzyka popularna XVII wieku" (CD) -- Greensleaves Early Music Ensemble (Waterloo, Canada)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 18, 2010
Greensleaves, the Waterloo based early music ensemble (Marilyn Fung, viola da gamba; Shannon Purves-Smith, viols and recorders; Magdalena Tomsinska, lute), in November 2009 released a new CD titled "Polish Popular Music of the XVIIth century, Polska muzyka popularna XVII wieku." The program contains late Renaissance and early Baroque music, almost all of which has been drawn from the little-known "Polotsk" or "Połocki" manuscript (Jagiellonian Library), dating from the mid 1600’s. This collection of music was found in Poland in 1962 inside the cover of a missal dated 1680 and was published in modern notation in 1970. Until now, much of the music has not been heard.

(UK) Restoration of an Early Pajot Luteback Hurdy-Gurdy

Contributed by Admin on Mar 08, 2010
A series of photos showing the restoration of an early Pajot luteback hurdy-gurdy. The tune in the background is variously known as Bourree de Pajot and Polka de Jenzat.

(UK) "Acis and Galatea. The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet" Newly Available DVD from Dance Books

Contributed by Admin on Mar 08, 2010
“Christoper Hogwood conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a distinguished cast including Danielle de Niese and Charles Workman in Wayne McGregor's new production of Handel's opera . ..

(US) Worcester Hills Recorder Society 2010 Annual Workshop (March 6, 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 25, 2010

Flauto e Voce: Vocal Forms That Inspired A Generation Of Great Instrumental Music

The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 6th, 2010, at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. 

(IT) XIX Venice Academy 2010 - International Academy of Sacred Music (May 22-30, 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 23, 2010

The 19th International Academy of Sacred Music takes place from May 22 to 30 2010. The Academy was founded in 1992 and has remained under the direction of its founder, the British specialist Michael Procter, ever since.

(BE) Seminaire international de musique ancienne en Wallonie (July 11-17, 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 22, 2010

A week of intensive exchange and music-making

The international seminar of early music in Wallonie offers musicians the possibility of deepening all facets of their musical skills.

(UK) Newly Published Titles from

Contributed by Admin on Feb 21, 2010

Newly published titles from DanceBooks:

Apologie de la danse
A transcription of the original French text of the 1623 manual on dance technique and etiquette, with full English translation. Among the dances covered are the Bransle, Gaillarde, Capriole, Gavotte, and Courante. Hardback cloth binding, no dustwrapper.

(FR) Les Passions Orchestre Baroque "Une soirée à Potsdam" (March 9, 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 21, 2010

In response to the commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Les Passions, Orchestre Baroque take us to Potsdam, specifically at Sans Souci, the residence of Frederick II of Prussia. 

(US) 11th Annual Ronn McFarlane Lute Seminar (March 19 - 21, 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 21, 2010

Over the weekend of March 19 -21, 2010, Grammy nominated lutenist and teacher Ronn McFarlane will conduct a seminar for lute players in Washington D. C. The seminar will include concerts of Elizabethan lute music and new compositions by Ronn McFarlane, plus master classes and private lessons, and a lecture on early Italian lute music.

(US) Voices of Music's latest release: "Concerto Barocco"

Contributed by Admin on Feb 15, 2010

Voices of Music announce the release of their latest CD: “Concerto Barocco: Baroque Concertos”.

(US) The Queen's Musick Book/CD French Tablature -- Music in French Tablature for Renaissance Lute

Contributed by Admin on Feb 15, 2010
Latest release from

In this book and on the enclosed CD you will find the music of Santino Garsi da Parma, Julio Cesare Barbetta, Diomedes, Bartlomiej Pekiel, Simone Molinaro, pieces from The Chilesotti Collection and many more.

(DE) International Festival of the Lute, Füssen (May 21-24, 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 15, 2010

Füssen – Northern Italy and the Lute
Lute making in the Füssen-region and Northern Italy during the 15–18. Century, migration and interactions among lute makers.

The Deutsche Lautengesellschaft (German Lute Society) is holding a two day conference focusing on lute making in the Füssen area and the activity of German lute makers in Northern Italy (many of those lute makers originated from the Füssen-Region in Southern Germany).

(ES) 11th International Festival of Spanish Music (FIMTE)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 15, 2010

FIMTE is celebrating the fifth centenary of the Birth of Antonio de Cabezón (1510-1566), starting in June 2010.

(FR) Les Journées 2010 de Clavecin en France (Harpsichord Days in France 2010) -- (March 20-21, 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 15, 2010

“Les Journées 2010 de Clavecin en France” will take place March 20-21, 2010 at CRR de Paris. They are devoted to the rhetoric of the sixteenth to the twenty-first century.

(US) All Your Cares Beguile (February 26, 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 15, 2010

Join violinist Martin Davids and internationally acclaimed organist David Yearsley as they perform selections from their recent recording, ALL YOUR CARES BEGUILE - Songs and Sonatas from Baroque London.

(UK) Woodhouse Recorder Week 2010 (August 1-7, 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 13, 2010

Woodhouse Recorder Week is a unique international summer school for young recorder players, which for the first time this year will be held in the magnificent surroundings of Christ’s Hospital School, West Sussex, UK.

(US) Early Music America (EMA) Third National Early Music Conference and Exhibition (June 10-12, 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 13, 2010

500 Years of Vespers

Early Music America will hold its third national early music conference and exhibition June 10-12, 2010 in Berkeley, CA. With the theme "500 Years of Vespers," the conference will feature a variety of participatory workshop sessions, in addition to lectures and panels of early music artists. Featured speakers will include Clifford Bartlett from England (editor of the most widely used edition of the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610), Bill Mahrt and Herb Myers (Stanford), Alejandro Planchart (UCSB), Rebecca Baltzer (University of Texas), Joan Kimball and Bob Wiemken (Piffaro). Susan Hellauer (Anonymous 4) will lead a Chant Camp, and other workshop sessions will be led by Sarah Mead (Brandeis), Bill Mahrt, and many others.

(US) The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) -- Call for Paper (Deadline March 15, 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 13, 2010
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 Hilton Bonaventure in Montreal, 14-17 October 2010. 

(US) Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW) Award Nominations (Deadline March 1, 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 13, 2010

The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW) is currently accepting award nominations for work presented or published in 2009. Nominations will be accepted until March 1, 2010.

(US) New Issue of the Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music is Now Available On-Line

Contributed by Admin on Feb 08, 2010
A new issue of the Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music is now available online.

(NL) The Recorder Foundation Celebrates This Year its 25th Anniversary!

Contributed by Admin on Feb 07, 2010

The Foundation was established in 1985 as a non-profit organization with the motto “to stimulate and promote the Recorder's repertoire in every possible field”. The first solid step was taken by its founder, Walter van Hauwe, by creating the Catalogue of Contemporary Blockflute Music (CCBM), a catalogue devoted to original recorder music written after 1900.

By the year 1988, Mr. van Hauwe had about 400 titles in his archive, while he estimated another 300 works still to be discovered.

Now, 25 years later, more than 5000 titles can be found in the Catalogue of Contemporary Blockflute Music (CCBM), presumably 95% of the world-wide total.

(FR) Muse Baroque online magazine -- February 2010 Edition

Contributed by Admin on Feb 07, 2010
Visit the Muse Baroque website to read the latest edition of their monthly periodical. The February edition includes:

(FR) 10th International Academy of Ancient Music (10ème Académie Internationale de Musique Ancienne) (Apr. 17-24, 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 07, 2010

Brillamment baroque 2010  FESTIVAL

Instruction for early music enthusiasts and modern instrumentalists and singers with an interest in Baroque and Renaissance music. All baroque intruments welcome !

(US) "Extreme Early Instruments" (Ensemble De Organographia and the ORB Sackbutts) (Feb. 19, 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 07, 2010

Ensemble De Organographia and the ORB Sackbutts will perform "Extreme Early Instruments" - The highest, lowest, softest, loudest and definitely the weirdest renaissance instruments including racketts (short double reed instruments where the bore curls over itself 9 times), several sizes of recorder (including bass and the 4 foot great bass), schreierpfeiffen ("screaming pipes" - loud capped double reed instruments designed for outdoor use), all sizes of sackbutts (forerunner of the trombone: alto, tenor, bass, and the 7 foot long contrabass), crumhorns (capped reed instruments shaped like the letter J), tartold (relative of the rackett shaped like a dragon concealing 8 feet of brass tubing), serpent (S-shaped leather covered forerunner of the tuba), curtal (one-piece forerunner of the bassoon: alto and bass), violin, viola, viola da gamba (6 string fretted bowed instrument), gemshorn (recorder-like instrument made from a cowhorn) and voice.  Featuring the music of Isaac, Lassus, Canale, Susato, Playford, Scandello and others.

(DE) Ramée Label's latest realease: "Harmoniae Sacrae - 17th-century German Sacred Cantatas "

Contributed by Admin on Feb 07, 2010

Hana Blazikova, soprano
Peter Kooij, bass
L'Armonia Sonora
Mieneke van der Velden, direction and viola da gamba
(Cat.-No. RAM 0905)

The Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) was the stage for bloody clashes, joined in the name of religion, attended by their cortege of atrocities, famines and epidemics, resulting not only in destruction, but also, above all, a deep demoralisation. What faith could reside in Man, when his spirit could only hope to find rest in the afterlife?

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