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(PL) The Complete Works of Fryderyk Chopin On Historical Instruments

Contributed by Admin on Nov 01, 2009

Real Chopin: The Complete Works of Fryderyk Chopin on historical instruments is a project realised on historical instruments from Chopin's times: pianos by Erard (Paris, 1849) and Pleyel (Paris, 1848). 

(AU) A reconstruction of Siccama's 1-key flute (patent c. 1845)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 01, 2009

“In 1845, Abel Siccama submitted a patent illustrating 4 different flutes.  One of them was the flute with which his name is now linked, although he at first called it the  Diatonic.  Thousands of these have been made by Siccama and other makers, assuring him of a permanent place in flute history. 

(CN) Giant organs settle on China's piano island -- Chinese Organ Museum

Contributed by Admin on Nov 01, 2009

While unclear if period organs do exist in the collection at the newly formed Chinese Museum, the existence of such an institution may prove interesting to our readership. 

“ XIAMEN, Fujian Province -- Two giant pipe organs have made the journey of thousands of miles from an English church and an American city to a small Chinese island, where locals can now enjoy "the sound of heaven". 


(DE) Ramée Label -- Releases CD: O GENTE BRUNETTE

Contributed by Admin on Oct 23, 2009

Renaissance singer-composers of Picardy
Odhecaton – Paolo Da Col (direction)

“Between about 1400 and 1550, musical life in Europe was dominated by five generations of musicians born and formed in a well-defined geographical area generally described by musicologists as franco-flemish.


(US) Traverso celebrates its twentieth anniversary with reprints

Contributed by Admin on Oct 20, 2009

Traverso, the international newsletter of historical flutes and flute-playing, celebrates its twentieth anniversary by reprinting the entire run of back issues in Volumes 11-20.


(AU) New Lute Music Commissioned by ABC Classic FM

Contributed by Admin on Oct 20, 2009

“ABC Classic FM, with the support of ABC Radio Development, commissioned four Australian composers to create new solo works for lute, and commissioned master Australian lutenist Tommie Andersson to work with the composers to bring these new works into being. ..“

Visit website for more information and streaming videos: ABC Classic FM


(DE) Frederick the Great’s Flute Sounds for First Time in Centuries

Contributed by Admin on Oct 18, 2009
“Oct. 12 (Bloomberg) -- A flute that once belonged to Frederick the Great was played in concert for the first time in 250 years last Saturday.

(UK) For the further improvement of dancing, translated by John Essex

Contributed by Admin on Oct 18, 2009

DanceBooks.co.uk announce the availability of “For historical dance enthusiasts we have a reprint of John Essex's translation of Feuillet's 'For the further improvement of dancing' “

Visit site for more information: DanceBooks (Early Dance Section)


(FR) Natalia Valentin, Rondos & Bagatelles (Beethoven) -- Paraty Label

Contributed by Admin on Oct 18, 2009

Paraty Label announce the newly pressed CD of fortepianist Natalia Valentin “Beethoven Rodos & Bagatelles” performed on a XVIIIth century German fortepiano (anonymous maker) restored Christopher Clarke. 

Visit either of these websites for more information and video/sound excerpts: Paraty Label or Natalia Valentin


(US) BEMF Orchestra makes European début

Contributed by Admin on Oct 18, 2009
“BEMF Orchestra opens the 09-10 season in Versailles with program by Rameau and Lully

On Friday, September 25, 2009, the BEMF Orchestra, under the leadership of Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs, made its European début as the first concert on the 2009-2010 season presented by the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles (CMBV), one of the most celebrated and prestigious venues for period performance in Europe.  The grandeur of the historic Manège de la Grande Ecurie of the Palace of Versailles provided the perfect backdrop for this nearly sold-out concert of music by Jean-Philippe Rameau and Jean-Baptiste Lully with guest soprano Carolyn Sampson (star of our 2007 Festival opera and subsequent Grammy-nominated recording, Psyché by Lully).  

(ES) Ars Hispana - Spanish music editions

Contributed by Duron on Oct 10, 2009

Ars Hispana is a project dedicated to the recovery of the Spanish musical patrimony through the publication of studies and work editions, mainly unpublished, composed from 16th to 19th centuries


(NL) Lute lessons on YouTube -- David van Ooijen, lutenist

Contributed by Admin on Sep 20, 2009

David van Ooijen, lutenist, has made some Lute lessons available on YouTube. Follow the following link to view the more than 20 lessons here:

 YouTube Lute lessons


(UK) Dansons la Morvandelle! (2nd Edition) (Hurdy-Gurdy) (Mike Gilpin, author) -- recently published

Contributed by Admin on Sep 20, 2009

A collection of traditional French dance tunes from the Morvan region of France.

The first edition sold out some time ago, but the 2nd edition, published by “Mally's Traditional Music Store” is now available.

Visit  website for more information: HurdyGurdy.biz (under “Tunebook”)


(DE) Early Music Workshop Trossingen (Oct. 8-11, 2009)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 06, 2009
Hochschule Trossingen (the largest Early Music department in Germany) is accepting applications for the "Atelier for Early Music 2009" Masterclasses untill September 4, 2009. This short but intensive workshop is a great opportunity to meet teachers, explore the comprehensive facilities, play upon a first-rate collection of early instruments, and become inspired once again with music.

(FR) Festes de Thalie et d'Orpheon Festval and Worskhops (April 10-24, 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 06, 2009

The newsletter from “Festes de Thalie et d’Orpheon” informs of their upcoming Festival and Workshop series for April 2010.


(US) Peter Sykes, Performer and instrument collector

Contributed by Admin on Sep 05, 2009

An interesting article on Peter Sykes (Cambridge, MA, USA) and his instrument collection published in the Boston Globe.

Follow this link to view the article: Peter Sykes (Boston Globe)


(IT) Verso Bach: The Keyboard Music in Germany Before Bach

Contributed by harmoniamusicae on Sep 05, 2009

CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT
Saturday, October 31st 2009
Basilica di San Pietro
Borgo XX giugno, Perugia (Italy)
6 p.m.


Giuseppe Schinaia, organ and harpsichord

Free admission


(US) Towards Bach: The Harpsichord in Germany Before Bach -- Concert (Oct. 4/2009)

Contributed by harmoniamusicae on Aug 03, 2009

Giuseppe Schinaia, Harpsichord
(October 4, 2009 at 3 pm)

First Presbyterian Church
6400, Kimbark Ave

Chicago IL


(ES) The International Symposium on Spanish Keyboard Music "Diego Fernández" (FIMTE) (Oct. 8-10 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Aug 02, 2009
“Commemorating the 500th anniversary of Antonio de Cabezón's birth, the 10th International Symposium on Spanish Keyboard Music “Diego Fernández” will be held in the Parador of Mojácar, Almería, Andalusia, from 8 th through 10 th October 2010, as part of FIMTE 2010: the 11th International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music. The festival shall feature both mainstream and fringe concerts as well as various courses and exhibitions.

(ES) "Domenico Scarlatti en España" FIMTE Publications (Jun. 2009)

Contributed by Admin on Jul 30, 2009

FIMTE Publications announce the publication of  "Domenico Scarlatti en España" edited by Luisa Morales.


(ES) Spanish Keyboard Music & Bolero Dance (International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music) (Oct 8-12/2009)

Contributed by Admin on Jul 30, 2009

Along with this year’s theme at the 10th International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music
"Diego Fernández"
courses in harpsichord and dance are being taught.


(UK) Dolmetsch Summer School (Aug. 2 - 8/ 2009)

Contributed by Admin on Jul 29, 2009


“Dolmetsch Recorder Course 2 - 8 August 2009
under the auspices of
XIIth Musical Summer at Llandovery College, Carmarthenshire, Wales
International Music Course With Languages, Classical Music & Jazz

Llandovery College was endowed in 1847 and opened at a time when the quality and quantity of education in Wales left much to be desired. A philanthropic desire to provide good education in Wales was one potent reason for Thomas Phillips’ action.


(US) The Over the Water Hurdy-Gurdy Festival (Sept. 15-20/09)

Contributed by Admin on Jul 29, 2009
“The Over the Water Hurdy-Gurdy festival brings together hurdy-gurdy players, builders, and teachers for intensive instruction, jamming, fellowship, and good food. Classes cover melodic techniques, rhythm, repertoire, and instrument setup and maintenance, with instruction tailored for beginning through advanced players.

Evening events include instructor concerts, an open mike, and many jam sessions (including slow jams for those of us who don't learn tunes at warp speed). On Saturday evening we will gather for a dance party featuring live music by festival participants, who collectively form the largest hurdy-gurdy band in the Western Hemisphere.


(UK) New Mozart piano music discovered

Contributed by Admin on Jul 25, 2009
“Two piano pieces have been identified as the work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, experts in the Austrian city of Salzburg say.

(US) National Flute Association (NFA) -- Baroque Flute Artist Competition (Aug. 13-16/09)

Contributed by Admin on Jul 25, 2009
“New York City -- The fifth biennial Baroque Flute Artist Competition is for outstanding performers on baroque flute/traverso. Six semifinalists will be selected on the basis of their recorded preliminary auditions to compete at the convention.