(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog Post: "How great a role does Rhetoric play in 21st-century interpretation of music for voice and lute?" (11 Jul 2015)
"We return in a roundabout way to our ongoing theme of Rhetoric and education, touching the topic lightly with a rhetorical question: How great a role does Rhetoric play in 21st-century interpretation of music for voice and lute? To arrive at a qualified answer, today we tap into the writing of Robert Toft and his book Tune thy Musicke to thy Hart: The Art of Eloquent Singing in England 1597-1622. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993. ...
Location: Tarentaise, Savoie, FR
This year, the 2015 24th-edition of the Festival Baroque De Tarentaise is largely devoted to music of the time of Louis XIV, as this year marks the tercentenary of the death of the monarch. Whether the Italian music heard by the young "dauphin" under the regency of Mazarin, the stage work of Jean-Baptiste Lully emblematic of Versailles' sparkle ... or of the divine darkness lessons of François Couperin ...
Joint interdisciplinary research conference:
Liturgical and Secular Drama in Medieval Europe: Text, Music, Image (c. 1000-1500)
Keynote Speaker: Professor Susan Boynton (Columbia University, New York)
"This conference will focus on the Medieval segment of the long history of European theatre. One objective will be to analyze aspects of the great repertoire of liturgical drama, from its supposed modest beginnings in the Gregorian liturgy of Easter, through its various developments in Latin and the vernaculars, into liturgical, semi-liturgical and secular plays. ...
Location: Auxerre, FR
"Based in the historical region of Auxerre, in Bourgogne, the Bassa Toscana Company was created in 2000 in order to perform and teach French Medieval and Renaissance Dance. The music and instruments are exact replicas of the instruments of that time. The costumes replicate Medieval and Renaissance costumes as represented in paintings of the 15th and 16th centuries. The dances as they are performed and taught by the members of Bassa Toscana have been thoroughly researched in 15th and 16th century texts such as those of Négri, de Caroso and Thoinot Areau."
"However, this is not Così fan tutte, the third of the Mozart-Da Ponte collaborations, but Antonio Salieri’s La Grotta di Trofonio, which had its first public performance at the Burgtheater in Vienna in October 1785 and became a huge popular success. ...
(US) The Boston Musical Intelligencier Review: “Musica Pacifica: "Dancing in the Isles”" by Steven Ledbetter (13 Jun 2015)
"It is likely that a good part of the crowd surging toward Jordan Hall late in the evening on Friday night to hear an 11 o’clock BEMF performance by Musica Pacifica had a good idea of what to expect. I did not. This San Francisco-based ensemble consisted of seven superb players who presented a delightful program largely made up of dance tunes from the British Isles: Ireland, Scotland, and England. Any performance of some two dozen tunes simply played one after another runs the risk of monotony. But ...
"Under the expression, ''early music'', are hidden a great number of repertoire of different origin, aesthetic and period. This workshop will show how to work with the original notation in a singing practice to transmit the tradition and heritage of these songs.
This workshop is for everyone who wishes to discover or improve their knowledge on the subject.
The different repertoire we will work on ...
Mitteldeutsche Barockmusik (MBM) and its goals of early music in Central Germany
There can be no doubt: The heart of baroque music beats in Central Germany! This is true not only regarding the past but certainly also for the present with its vibrant music life in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. ...
The HEINRICH SCHÜTZ MUSIKFEST invites you to join this approach. In 2015, the In ternationale Heinrich-Schütz-Gesellschaft organize their International Heinrich-Schütz-Festival in Dresden. Their program obviously relates to the topic of music and visual arts. We also commemorate Heinrich Schütz’ 430th birthday on October 8 and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of both Heinrich-Schütz-Houses in Bad Köstritz and Weißenfels! ...
"... does streaming reward artists fairly? There are other concerns too. Does it affect the quality and variety of music that's made? And does it change the way we listen? ...
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