(US) Harmonia Early Music Podcast: "Plectrums, Pizzicato, And Plucks" by Janelle Davis Posted (20 Jul 2015)

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"We’re devoting this edition of Harmonia to instruments of the plucked variety. Lutes, guitars, harps and harpsichords will pick and pizz us through the hour. Plus, a special tribute from Paul O’Dette for friend and fellow lute player Pat O’Brien who passed away in 2014, and a feature release from Armonia Celeste called Lover’s Beware.. ...

(PL) 16th “Cracovia Danza” Court Dance Festival (26 Jul -- 1-2 Aug 2015) -- UPDATE

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(From a recent newsletter)

"XVI Court Dance Festival "Cracovia Danza" is at the halfway point. In the Villa Decius on its third day of the workshop of ancient dances from different parts of the world, which includes over 150 participants. They will present their new skills during the Friday demonstration on stage at the Villa Decius and on Saturday and Sunday in the Main Square. ...

(FR) 2015 Festival Académie Bach Arques-la-Bataille, Haute-Normandie (15-22 Aug 2015)

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Early Music Festival - 19th to 22nd August / Choral Singing Workshop - 15th to 22nd August
Marine Fribourg & Nicolas Renaux, choral conductors
Flore Merlin, accompanist

"Each year since 1997, the Académie Bach has been organising in Arques-la-Bataille an Early Music Festival which has gathered, over time, a loyal public through an audacious, innovative and exacting programme. Many of the great names of today’s baroque music have been accompanied in their creation and development by the residency program that we have put in place since our very foundation. ...

(CA) The Star Article: "Robin Phillips led Stratford into a brave new world" (By: Richard Ouzounian Theatre Critic, 28 Jul 2015)

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"On June 11, 1975, Robin Phillips forever changed the way we would look at Shakespeare.

The artistic director of the Stratford Festival, who died Saturday after a long illness at the age of 73, was in the middle of his first season when he staged a production of the problematic dark comedy Measure for Measure. ...

(DE) Festival Alte Musik Knechtsteden: "Fool's Cap and Donkey Ears" (19-27 Sep 2015)

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Music and Morals from Renaissance to Romanticism

Concerts with Hermann Max and the Rheinische Kantorei, the King's Singers, Christine Schornsheim etc.

(Cologne, June 24, 2015): Having qualms about laughing out loud in concert? Not in Knechtsteden! The 24th edition of the Festival of Early Music Knechtsteden from September 19th to 27th revels in the vast fundus of humorous rapprochement of music and morale. In nine concerts and related formats such as the Young Festival and a symposium, this year's festival program approaches the subject with hearty scorn, frivolities and wit from Martin Luther's time to the Romantic period in locations around the Knechtsteden Romanesque monastery basilica. ...

(CA) Resources at Work for You

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Just a reminder that not only brings to you news items from the early music international scene, but also has a voluminous "Weblinks" section with over * 2700+ early music specific weblinks *. Feel free to browse through the different weblinks sections.

In addition, you may also find a link to * worskhop/festivals/conferences "Calendar" * that is kept up to date as much as possible.

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(UK) Cambridge University Press New Release: "The History of the Erard Piano and Harp in Letters and Documents, 1785–1959 - 2 Volume Set" (July 2015)

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"Sébastien Erard and the firm that carried his name are seminal in the history of musical instruments. Erard's inventions - especially the double escapement for the piano and the double-action for the harp - have had an enormous impact on instruments and musical life and are still at the foundation of piano and harp building today. The recently discovered archives of the Erard piano and harp building firm are perhaps the largest and most complete record of musical instrument  making anywhere, containing never-before-published  ...

(UK) The Stage: "Most professional dancers ‘earn less than £5k a year’" (by Matthew Hemley - 24 Jul 2015)

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"More than half of professional dancers earn less than £5,000 a year from their performance work, according to a new survey.

The statistics also show that around 50% of dancers’ jobs pay less than the minimum wage, and that 70% of dancers have performed in “unsuitable work environments” in the past 12 months. ...

(DE) -- Hub to Early Dance

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Just a reminder for those of you who have interests in early dance. "" is a large early dance "hub" where you can find many workshop locations, dates as well as early dance courses. There is a large network of contributors and the website's owner/admin Stefan Kühn does wonderful work with his daily updates.

"There are more early dance events than you thought! Browse the calendar and discover exciting balls, performances and workshops all around the world.  ...

(SE) eClassical CD Special: "Biber - The Rosary Sonatas" (Ensemble Vintage Köln) (Release date: 10 Jul 2015)

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(From a recent newsletter item)

"Biber - The Rosary Sonatas - 24 FLAC Discount

Available in FLAC 24, FLAC16 and MP3

BIS Boss Robert von Bahr: Of all composers for the violin, Heinrich Isaac Franz von Biber must be regarded as one of the most unique. Not only for his tonal language, which isn't so unique, but for his way of tuning the violin, a technique called scordatura. ...

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