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For a non-pianist, the idea of a microtonally fluid piano might seem either no big deal or baffling. But this weekend a composer will reveal the result of a 10-year mission – nothing less than the reinvention of one of the most important instruments in western music.
“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.
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."
“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.
“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.
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".
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)
The year 2009 is the occasion to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Josef Haydn’s death. We know his clavichord, an instrument by Johann Bohak (Vienna, 1794), now in the Museum of the Royal College of Music in London. As Haydn’s relation with our instrument has not been put much in evidence until now, we will take the opportunity of this Symposium to further our knowledge on the interpretation of his works on the most expressive of the keyboard
The eighteenth century was also a period in which the trend towards louder sonority saw the progressive growth of the fortepiano, after its invention by Bartolomeo Cristofori. This genial inventor took the harpsichord as a starting point; some decades later, the German instrument builders followed the same path, but starting from the clavichord, and invented the square piano. Fifty years ago, the growing interest for the ancient fortepiano was directed almost exclusively towards the grand fortepiano, considering the square piano as a “second class” instrument, similar to our modern upright piano. The second aim of this meeting is to deepen this theme and to give back to the square piano its rightful place in the history of the musical instruments, a place demonstrated by its rich iconography.
As usual, our central topics will not be our unique field of activity, and we will also dedicate time to other themes.
It is our great pleasure to welcome so many of you this time and to wish you a pleasant and fruitful sojourn in Magnano.
Laura Tivendale, aged 26, has won First Prize in the 9th Broadwood Harpsichord Competition, held at The National Trust’s Fenton House, London, on 11th and 12th May, using instruments from the historic Benton Fletcher Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments. For the Competition, Laura, a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, played three instruments in the collection: the 1664 Hatley virginals, the 1600 Vincentius virginals and the 1761 Shudi harpsichord. Her prize includes the final gala recital in the 2009 Concert Series at Fenton House, on Thursday 13th August, when she will play the large and elaborate Shudi & Broadwood Harpsichord (1770) and one of the smaller instruments in the Collection. Additionally, she will be offered engagements at the Cobbe Collection at Hatchlands (Surrey), at Finchcocks (Kent) and at the Russell Collection (Edinburgh) in 2010.
“Gustav Leonhardt, the renowned harpsichord player, organist and conductor, has been awarded the Medal of Honour for the Arts and Sciences. Queen Beatrix gave him the medal during a ceremony at her private residence, Huis ten Bosch, in The Hague. Mr Leonhardt, 80, teaches the harpsichord at the Amsterdam Conservatory and is the organist of the capital's main church, the Nieuwe Kerk.“
Visit website for more information. (ed.): Royal award for musician Gustav Leonhardt
The International Baroque Institute at Longy offers a comprehensive program for professional and pre-professional singers and players of Baroque violin, cello, recorder, traverso, oboe, viola da gamba, harp, lute and harpsichord, taught by an unparalleled international faculty. Other instrumentalists or continuo players are welcome to participate in chamber ensembles or the institute orchestra. The seminar features eight full days of master classes, ensembles, orchestra sessions, continuo coaching, concerts, lectures and projects, and opportunity for public performances. To provide the highest level learning experience, we select our faculty from among the finest performers and teachers in the field of Baroque music.
The Venice-Dresden Connection: A Seminar on Baroque music of Italy and Germany.
Friday, July 24, to Sunday, August 2, 2009
“ .. . As beautiful, authentic sounds fill the Fountain Court, the work of period artists are a feast for the eyes as well. The organ—with its 600 pipes and lavishly carved, painted and gilded 22-foot case—is the centerpiece of a new installation that highlights over 30 major Baroque paintings and sculpture from the Gallery's permanent collection. ..“
Visit website for more information. (ed.) : University of Rochester - Memorial Art Gallery - Italian Baroque Organ
“A message from Borys Medicky, Artistic Director of Nota Bene Period Orchestra:
After eight years and more than fifty successful concerts in Waterloo Region and Guelph, we find ourselves in a serious financial situation. As a result, we had to make changes to the final two concerts of our 2008-2009 season. We will now be finishing the season on May 16th with a fundraiser and a concert of Baroque Favourites:
Bach, Double Violin concerto; Marais, a suite from Alcyone
Purcell, a suite from the Fairy Queen; Telemann, "La Bizarre," an orchestral suite
Handel, a trio sonata; Purcell, a solo keyboard suite
In 2010, Viols in Our Schools & the GambaCast will host the First Internet Viola da Gamba Composer's Project which seeks composers to write new works for unaccompanied 7-string bass viol to be presented in a New Music recital performed by Phillip W. Serna at Valparaiso University in the Spring of 2010. Video and audio content will be created and owned by the composer with distribution promotional use on the GambaCast video podcast. The Project and the composer(s) could each use the content to promote the work(s).
To learn more about the Viola da Gamba Composer Project, please visit www.violsinourschools.org & www.thegambacast.org.
Please contact Dr. Serna by email: firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to submit your proposal.
HISTORICAL KEYBOARD SOCIETIES
“KEYBOARD MUSIC AND COLONIAL PHILADELPHIA”
JOINT CONFERENCE AT TEMPLE UNIVERSITYPHILADELPHIA--MARCH 12-14, 2009
Philadelphia has changed a bit from this 18th-century image--but it is still home to many of America’s most treasured historic sites. Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance will be our host as we gather to hear papers and performances in a variety of on-campus as well as historic settings.
Ed Mauger, well loved for his "Philadelphia on Foot," adventures, will lead custom historical tours on Thursday afternoon (3 pm: "Colonial High Life") and Sunday morning (10 am: "Ben Franklin's Musical Philadelphia"). Advance and last-minute sign-ups are available. Cost is $15 per person/per tour.