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(US) Harmonia Early Music: "Cantigas de Santa Maria" (by Janelle Davis, 29 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 03, 2016

"The collection of over 400 Marian devotional songs compiled sometime in the middle to late 13th century at the court of Alfonso X, is monumental in size.  The sheer number of pieces contained in the collection is impressive.

Alfonso’s Cantigas de Santa Maria are unique for the vernacular language, Galician-Portuguese, in which they are written. The collection is also unique in terms of its musical notation. ...


(US) New York Times Article: "Report Exposes Widespread Abuses in Ticketing Industry in New York" (by Ben Sisario, 27 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 03, 2016

Interesting article on ticket sales that are most likely prevalent in many regions of the globe and for all concert genres. (Marc Paré, EarlyMusicNews.org editor)

"... Those are some of the findings in a detailed report to be released on Thursday by the New York attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, about the opaque world of ticket scalping for concerts, sports and other entertainment events.

The report, titled “Why Can’t New Yorkers Get Tickets?” is the result of a three-year investigation of the online ticketing market, and portrays ...


(ES) Glossa Music CD Release: "Marais 1689 - Pièces à une et à deux violes et basse continue" (Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 02, 2016

Newly released by Glossa Music (Jan 2016)

"That the viola da gamba music of Marin Marais represents a treasure trove of expressive and technical possibilities is just reason for Paolo Pandolfo’s eagerly-awaited return to the composer’s works with his new Marais 1689 recording for Glossa. Pandolfo’s style of playing is apt for this music: meticulousness and sensitivity, and a technical strength which allows him to demonstrate the instrument’s versatility and gives him a sense of rare freedom. ...


(FR) Opéra Nationale de Lorraine Event: "Rossi's Orféo" (4-10 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 02, 2016

Artistic Director Raphaël Pichon recreates Rossi's Orféo which has not been heard since 400 years. In cooperation with the CNRS and the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, and thanks to a large and meticulous endeavour, Pygmalion offers this occasion to discover this work never presented in France! ...


(US) Spring Baroque Dance Workshop (20-25 Mar 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 02, 2016

Location: Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland OR 97520

"This six-day course will cover the technique and presentation of Baroque dance and is designed for all levels from the absolute beginner to the professional dancer.  No previous dance experience is necessary, although any knowledge of other dance forms will enable you to pick up the steps more easily. ...


(US) Opera Today Review: "Classical Opera: MOZART 250 — 1766: A Retrospective (by Claire Seymour, 21 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 02, 2016

"With this performance of vocal and instrumental works composed by the 10-year-old Mozart and his contemporaries during 1766, Classical Opera entered the second year of their 27-year project, MOZART 250, which is designed to ‘contextualise the development and influences of [sic] the composer’s artistic personality’ and, more audaciously, to ...


(US) EMA (Early Music America) "Early Music Month 2016" (March 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 01, 2016

"Sponsored by Early Music America, this national, grassroots campaign is designed to raise awareness of early music throughout the larger North American music community. Early Music Month seeks to connect enthusiasts, performers, presenters, scholars, builders, students, and venues to bring early music to its widest audience ever, and we can’t do it without you! ...


(FR) Le Concours Corneille - International Early Music Competition in Normandie (8-11 Sep 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 01, 2016

First international competition held in France for instrumental soloists of the Baroque repertoire. The Concours Corneille is open to young musicians of all nationalities from the most prestigious schools. The jury will also be of specialists of renowned stature. ...


(EU) REMA "European Day of Early Music" (21 Mar 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 01, 2016

After three successful "European Day of Early Music" events over the last three years, REMA (Réseau Européen de la Musique Ancienne) announces its third "Early Music Day" in Europe. Events are coordinated over all of the European states and event organizers are encouraged to register on the REMA site ...
 


(CA) The Record Article: " Acclaimed baroque trumpeter returns to Waterloo for a special concert" (by Valerie Hill, 20 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 01, 2016

"Apparently, it was the trumpet itself that was largely to blame for the death of J.S. Bach's primary trumpeter, Gottfried Reiche, in 1737.

The much-storied tragedy happened the day after a particularly gruelling concert when Reiche simply dropped dead of a stroke while walking on the street and the story has since been used as an example of how truly difficult baroque-era trumpets are to play. ...


(FR) France Musique Article: "No Concours Long Thibaud in 2016" (25 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 31, 2016

News from the Long-Thibaud-Crespin Foundation that there will be no Concours Long Thibaud in 2016. The foundation will take the time in the next few months of 2016 to reorganize the competition with a return to its competition in 2017. The long-standing competition (since 1943) will be sorely missed this year . A note as well that the 2016 edition - singing competition has been moved to 2017. ...


(US) Early Music America (EMA): Medieval and Renaissance Competition 2016 (1 Oct 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 31, 2016

"EMA's fourth Medieval and Renaissance Competition will take place at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland on October 1, 2016. Our competition brings together some of the brightest up-and-coming performers of music between 1000 and 1600. ...


(DE) Course on Basso Continuo (Universität der Künste, Berlin, 10-11 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 31, 2016

THE ACCOMPANIMENT OF RECITATIVE AND ARIA in the 17th & 18th CENTURIES will be one of the main subjects of this year’s course on basso continuo at the Universität der Künste in Berlin (February 10 and 11). We will discuss and try ...


(US) 2016 Fifth Annual Meeting of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA)

Contributed by sonialee on Jan 31, 2016

March 20-23, 2016
Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ohio, USA

The Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA) will hold its Fifth Annual Meeting, coinciding with the Eighth Mae & Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition, at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College, Ohio, U.S.A., March 20-23, 2016. The conference, entitled “The Compleat Keyboardist: harpsichord, fortepiano, organ, clavichord, continuo” hopes to inspire us with the variety of instruments played by our forefathers and foremothers. ...


(US) 2016 Eighth International Mae and lrving Jurow Harpsichord Competition

Contributed by sonialee on Jan 31, 2016

The 2016 Eighth International Mae and lrving Jurow Harpsichord Competition, sponsored by the Historical Keyboard Society of North America, will be held March 21-23, 2016,  Oberlin College, Ohio. Semi-finals will be held on Monday March 21. Finals will be completed and awards will be announced on the evening of Wednesday, March 23. ...


(US) Anonymous 4 Retires

Contributed by admin on Jan 24, 2016

"Well, this is it: The last notes have been sung. After a journey spanning over a thousand years of music, nearly 30 years of international touring and more 20 recordings on the harmonia mundi label, Anonymous 4 is closing up shop. ...


(US) The New York Times article: "Early-Music Ensembles: Praised as Pure, but Seeking More" (by Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, 20 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 24, 2016

"When the female vocal quartet Anonymous 4 retired last month, it left behind a discography spanning a thousand years of music. But the core of its repertory was medieval music in which, in plainchant passages, the four women’s voices seemed to melt together into one silky, unison line. ...


(UK) Opera Today Review: "Taverner and Tavener, Fretwork, London" (by Claire Seymour, 22 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jan 24, 2016

"‘Apt for voices or viols’: eager to maximise sales among the domestic market in Elizabethan England, publishers emphasised that the music contained in collections such as Thomas Morley’s First Book of Madrigals to Four Voices of 1594 was suitable for performance by any combination of singers and players. ...


(DE) Göttingen International Handel Festival (5-16 May 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 24, 2016

"George Frideric Handel enthralls people, touching them to the depths of their hearts. In his day, he amazed audiences with his extraordinary breadth of musical expression, which ranges from most intimate chamber music to opulent tonal splendour, from simple vocal lines to virtuosic coloratura. Today, his music is brought to life year after year by the International Handel Festival in Göttingen, which has been attracting guests to this attractive university town with beautiful and captivating productions since 1920. ...


(UK) The Guardian Article: " Dates of key Mozart symphonies are wrong, claims music scholar" (by Mark Brown, 10 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 13, 2016

"Days of looking at crossed-out dates on original manuscripts with magnifying glass reveals different dates on five works from composer’s early period Mozart symphonies from one of the most important periods of his composing life have been wrongly dated, a British scholar has discovered. ...


(US) Los Angeles Times Article: "Spotify hit with second songwriter lawsuit in two weeks" (by Ryan Faughnder, 08 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 13, 2016

"Another songwriter has sued streaming music service Spotify -- accusing the company of "wholesale copyright infringement" -- in an escalation of the ongoing battle over online royalties and licensing.  ...


(US) Unquiet Thought Blog: "Saturday morning quotes 5.34: Influences (by Ron or Donna, 09 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2016

"... In early music, one tends to be influenced by the insights of scholars at least as much as by performers—moreso in the case of the present writer.  My (RA) influences can be be easily discerned simply by reading through some five year's worth of weekly blog posts.   ...


(US) Smithsonian.com Article: 180.000 items at New York Public Library Available Online (by Erin Blakemore, 7 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2016

"Are you into old photos? Ancient religious texts? Vintage blueprints of algae? You’re in luck: You don’t need to turn off your laptop and take a trip to see them up close. On Tuesday, the New York Public Library announced that it has released more than 180,000 items as instant, high-resolution downloads for anyone who’s curious and has access to a computer.

The downloads are all in the public domain and cover everything from popular culture to history, science and music. ...


(DE) "Tobi's Notenarchive" Website Updates

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2016

(From a recent newsletter from Tobias Schoelkopf regarding "Tobi's Notenarchive" website updates)

"Dear Bach friends,

all piano works, canons, and the complete BWV appendix is now available as CAP, CAPX, XML, PDF and Midi.

The following works are new in my Bach Archive ...


(UK) Heritage Lottery Fund to invest £3.6million in Royal College of Music’s Museum

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2016

"The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has today announced support¹ of £3.6m to redevelop the Royal College of Music’s Museum. This significant investment will kick-start a three-year project to create new displays and a performance space for the RCM’s extensive and precious collection of historic instruments. ...

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