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(FR) Rencontres internationales de l' Abbaye de Vignogoul (29 July - 8 Aug. 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Jul 02, 2010

Exhibition, workshops and early music concerts in the Abbey of Vignogoul.

Exhibition:
Some instruments of the Orpheon Foundation, consisting of violins, violas, cellos, violones and violas da gamba from the 16th to the 18th C., restored to original condition, will be made available also to modern players interested in getting to know the historical musical instruments : truly a unique learning opportunity.


(US) The Face of Bach (Teri Noel Towe)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 30, 2010

The Face Of Bach is a website devoted to the portraits of Johann Sebastian Bach, and to the fair and accurate analysis of the various images that purport to be accurate depictions of the facial features of Johann Sebastian Bach.

As I continue to develop this site, I hope to offer thorough evaluations of the various Bach portraits and to provide information on the source materials that are the foundation for any discussion of the portraits of Johann Sebastian Bach.


(SE) Musikmuseet (Stockholm Music Museum) and the "Clavichord" application software (HansErik Svensson & Karl Dickson authors)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 30, 2010

Visit the Musikmuseet (Stockholm Music Museum) website where you will find more than 6400 artifacts of which many are period instruments.

(US) Scanning a Stradivarius (Smithsonian.com)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 29, 2010

Medical 3-D imaging makes it possible to study the anatomy of the world's greatest stringed instruments – and uncover the secrets of its makers.

(HU) Recorder Instruction in Hungary -- A perspective view by Árpád Zoltán Szabó

Contributed by Admin on Jun 29, 2010

I'd like to open a window to an aspect of recorder playing in Hungary with this message.

Music education in Hungary has a country-wide institution system which consists of music schools situated mostly in towns and maintained by the state.

(DE) Stockstädter Musiktage (Stocktadt Recorder Exhibition/Festival) (14-16 May 2010) -- Photos/Videos on YouTube

Contributed by Admin on Jun 29, 2010

Here is a collection of photos and videos found on YouTube from the Stocktadt Exhibition/Festival of 14-16 May, 2010. If you did not attend this year, plan on attending next year. Stockstädter Musiktage is one of the largest recorder exhibition/festival in Europe.

(IT) International Workshop on Diagnostics and Preservation of the Musical Instruments (May 20-21, 2010) -- CLOSED

Contributed by Admin on Jun 26, 2010

*** As a matter of interest this workshop has been posted past it’s deadline date.

Department of Histories and Methods for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage
University of Bologna, Ravenna site
May 20-21, 2010


The conference, open to all museum professionals and curators, is aimed to present and critically discuss the latest researches about diagnostic techniques applied to musical instruments and advanced conservation practices, in relation also to fittings, use of materials, stockpile management, through the presentation of case studies.

(DE) 1844 Kützing's The Science of the Piano Forte architecture (German language) - 1844 Das Wissenschaftliche der Fortepiano Baukunst

Contributed by Admin on Jun 26, 2010

This is a digital copy of a book that was preserved for generations on library shelves before it was carefully scanned by Google as part of a project
to make the world’s books discoverable online.

(US) "Florilegium and the Bolivian Baroque Series" -- Harmonia Early Music Weekly Posting

Contributed by Admin on Jun 25, 2010

The English ensemble Florilegium has been exploring Bolivian baroque music for a number of years. Their latest Channel Classics recording, volume 3, focuses on repertoire found in Bolivia’s historic missions as well as the city of La Plata (the colonial name for Sucre, the capital of Bolivia). 

(UK) Beethoven the Pianist (Tilman Skowroneck, author) (Cambridge University Press) (2010)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 23, 2010

The widely held belief that Beethoven was a rough pianist, impatient with his instruments, is not altogether accurate: it is influenced by anecdotes dating from when deafness had begun to impair his playing. Presenting a new, detailed biography of Beethoven's formative years, this book reviews the composer's early career, outlining how he was influenced by teachers, theorists and instruments.

(CH) Fifth Edition of the Harmoniques International Congress in Lausanne «Chopin et son temps» (9-12 Sept. 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 23, 2010

At the end of the 18th century, Vienna and London were the undisputed centres of piano-making, and home to distinct schools of piano-playing.

The beginning of the 19th century saw the rise of a new centre, Paris, which progressively eclipsed the other two. Nicknamed "Pianopolis", Paris in 1832 boasted more than a hundred and ninety-three piano-builders, many drawn from elsewhere in search of renown. Paris was a magnet, too, to young piano virtuosi ; it was only natural that Liszt and Chopin should be of their number.

(DE) Digitizing Sensitive Manuscripts (Munich Digitisation Centre (MDZ))

Contributed by Admin on Jun 22, 2010

The art of digitizing sensitive manuscripts are partly demystified on the Munich Digitisation Centre (MDZ) website. 

(US) Early Music America Announces Annual Awards (1 June 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 20, 2010

(SEATTLE, WA) Early Music America, the national service organization for the field of early music, announces the winners of its 2010 awards recognizing outstanding accomplishments in early music.

(DE) Bach-Wettbewerb Leipzig 2010 (Bach Competition in Leipzig) (7-17 July 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 20, 2010

The XVII Leipzig Bach Competition will be held from the 7th-17th July 2010 in piano, harpsichord and violin / baroque violin.

(US) An Exploration of the Countertenor in Rrecording From the 1960s to the 1980s -- Harmonia Early Music (30 Nov. 2009)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 20, 2010

The countertenor voice is one of most unusual and alluring sounds heard in Western classical music. It is the highest natural male voice and one that has been heard in recording with increasing frequency from the middle of the 20th Century to the present day.

(TR) Magdalena Consort Concert at the International Istanbul Festivals (24 June 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 20, 2010

Presenting a programme of sacred and secular works by Händel and Bach for baroque lovers, the ensemble will appear at the Süreyya Opera House.

(US) Voices of Music --Photos from the Berkeley Early Music Festival and Exhibition, 2010 and misc.

Contributed by Admin on Jun 20, 2010

Visit the Voices of Music photo albums of which you can find the following photo albums:

(US) All Bach Celebration, featuring the Baroque Orchestra of Maine (BOOM) (26 June 2010)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 19, 2010

The inaugural concert of the new group The Baroque Orchestra of Maine or 'BOOM' will take place on Friday, June 25 at 7:00pm at the Church of Universal Fellowship in Orono, and will be featured in two other concerts. This baroque orchestra will perform an all Bach program on period baroque instruments.

(US) Early Music Pub Crawl: San Francisco Classical Voice (SFCV) Blogs the Berkeley Festival

Contributed by Admin on Jun 19, 2010

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)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 18, 2010

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)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 18, 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.

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