“The building of keyboard instruments began over 300 years ago. The development started with the organ and the Harpsichord, continued through the pianoforte, and reached its high point with what today is known as the modern grand piano - which remains until now virtually unchanged. (The Golden Years of grand piano construction were between 1825 and 1925).
Library of Congress
May 26 to 29, 2010
“The Library of Congress will host the 39th annual meeting of the American Musical Instrument Society from May 26 to May 29, 2010.
An article on “The Influence of Leather in the Fortepiano Evolution in the XVIII and XIX Centuries” by Gustavo Adrián DEFEO F.S.L.T.C.
The Fortepiano origin
I can imagine most of the presents will have many questions on my presentation: First of all
what is the relation between Leather and the Fortepiano? Why here in the Palazzo della
Signoria? Let’s look back three centuries ago in this same room, during the baroque period, the times of the Great Prince Ferdinando de Medici.
Observations on the Development of Wood Screws in North America by Christopher White, Mellon Fellow, Furniture and Frame Conservation Lab, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Currently: Project Conservator Arizona State Museum“The following is the result of research conducted between September 2004 and August 2005 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Physical characteristics of a series of wood screws from the museum’s collection of 18th and 19th-century American furniture are summarized and their characteristics related to curatorial-assigned dates of fabrication and to a chronology of screw manufacturing techniques.
(US) "The New-York Book of Prices for Manufacturing Piano-fortes" (paperbound) (The American Musical Instrument Society)
The meeting of great minds and music do mix! Cynthia Hiebert (harpsichord) and Jeremy Bell (violin) perform ad the Quantum 2 Cosmos Festival (Waterloo, Canada).
Follow link to view video: (scroll to the 2:45 mark to see the video) http://www.q2cfestival.com/play.php?lecture_id=7762
For several years Leopoldo Perez has administered a series of harpsichordconcerts and classes sometimes more than a dozen in a season and those concerts have developed an audience, and given harpsichordists from at least four continents a platform in Argentina. Last year a group began conversations about furthering the influence of the harpsichord and its music and that has resulted in a month-long series of concerts beginning Friday, Nov. 13/2009.
La Simphonie du Marais Hugo Reyne informs us of their latest CD release: “Viennoiseries musicales”. Out of the usual real of the Baroque era, the “Viennoiseries musicales” reflect the ambiance of the Vienese “salons” at the beginning of the XIXth century.
Visit website for more information of this latest CD: La Simphonie du Marais Hugo Reyne
When Music Professor Ruth Griffioen suggested to Evan Callaway ‘12 that he spend his scholarship money building a six-foot-tall instrument that lost popularity after the 17th Century she was joking. However, the computer science major and music minor said he "took it more as a challenge than as a joke."
Fans of early music don’t need an introduction of Claudio Monteverdi. For a long time, he was known for the first unsurpassed highlights of the early Western opera. Yet, his operas did not raise eyebrows, his madrigal bundles did. An example: in the foreword of his fifth Madrigal bundle, we read the discussion between Artusi and Monteverdi whether or not to use the new monidistic style.
“Live music blended with astronomy?
Not usually, but a great fit Sunday afternoon at the Registry Theatre when Nota Bene Period Orchestra (local Baroque music ensemble under the leadership of Borys Medicky) and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (Kitchener-Waterloo chapter) teamed up to present a most unusual performance — part concert, part lecture, part visual display.
“EXHIBITION - The Greenwich Exhibition of Early Musical Instruments is the largest Early Music Exhibition of its kind! A wide cross-section of early instrument makers from around the globe, shops, music publishers, societies, recording companies and early music forums all gathered under one roof.
“Taking piano lessons at the Longy School in the early 1960s, Diane Goetz was certainly no stranger to the music of centuries past. Then she met Frank Hubbard, a craftsman who with his friend William Dowd was spurring a revival of the harpsichord.
The International Competition of Wassenaer is the world's leading and oldest competition for early music ensembles. The competition has succeeded for over 20 years in young, ambitious ensembles support towards the concert stage. With top musicians in the international jury at the program and the competition has become a festival, with competitions, concerts, master classes and more.
The complete results of the 15th International Competition of Wassenaer 2009:
“This is video # 400 !!! Hope you'll enjoy it. Lute made by Stephen Murphy“ Visit YouTube to view the more than 400 videos of Valéry Sauvage playing lute: YouTube #400
“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).
“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.
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