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(UK) Oxford Journals: Early Music Journal (online) ( Volume 43 Issue 4 November 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 28, 2015

(From a recent Oxford Journals newsletter)

News from Oxford Journals that the latest instalment of the "Early Music" journal is now available online through the Oxford Journals online website. You can read up on this issue's contents which include..

(US) Oxford University Press: "Shop your Favorite Music Books Under $25: Back to School Sale"

Contributed by admin on Sep 14, 2015

(From a recent Oxford University Press newsletter)

" Shop our featured selection of books under $25 and under $50 and save 40% on our entire collection of Music books. Use promo code BTS2015 at checkout to redeem offer. " Oxford also notes that some exclusions apply on some titles and that  "*Offer expires 9/18/2015 at 11:59pm (EST)."

Have a peek at the Oxford University Press online music books selection, there could be an early music title that may interest you, with the additional savings on its ticket price. (Marc Paré, editor)

(FR) Review: "Collectionner la musique : érudits collectionneurs" (Collecting music: learned collectors) by Eusebius

Contributed by admin on Sep 14, 2015

(From a recent newsletter)

"Collectionner la musique : érudits collectionneurs" (Massip Catherine, Herlin Denis, De Wispelaere Valérie (éditeurs.), Collectionner la musique : érudits collectionneurs. Brepols, Turnhout 2015 [582 p. ; ISBN 978-2-503-55327-6 ; 100,00 €]) (release date: May 1, 2015).

In this blog post, Eusebius reviews the background leading to this particular publication. After a series of workshops with the common topic of research into the collection of music from learned collectors, Catherine Massip, Denis Herlin and Valérie De Wispelaere cooperate on a project ultimately leading to this particular release. In it we find mention of such names as from private manuscipt "collectionneurs" as ...

(NL) Brill news: "The 2015 Frank Watson History Prize has been awarded to Governing Gaeldom"

Contributed by admin on Aug 15, 2015

(From a recent Brill newsletter)

"The 2015 Frank Watson History Prize has been awarded to Governing Gaeldom. " (The Scottish Highlands and the Restoration State, 1660-1688
Allan Kennedy, University of Manchester)

"Conventional accounts of the Scottish Highlands tend to assume that they remained detached from the mainstream of British affairs until well into the eighteenth century. In Governing Gaeldom, Allan Kennedy challenges this perception through detailed analysis of the relationship between the Highlands and the Scottish state during the reigns of Charles II and James VII & II. ..." 

(UK) Cambridge University Press New Release: "The Guitar in Tudor England"

Contributed by admin on Aug 06, 2015

Publication planned for: September 2015

Few now remember that the guitar was popular in England during the age of Queen Elizabeth and Shakespeare, and yet it was played everywhere from the royal court to the common tavern. This groundbreaking book, the first entirely devoted to the renaissance guitar in England, deploys new literary and archival material, together with depictions in contemporary art, to explore the social and musical world of the four-course guitar among courtiers, government servants and gentlemen. Christopher Page reconstructs the trade in imported guitars coming to the wharves of London, and pieces together the ...

(UK) Cambridge University Press New Release: "The Manual of Musical Instrument Conservation"

Contributed by admin on Aug 01, 2015

Publication planned for: August 2015

"This is the first book to combine museum-based conservation techniques with practical instructions on the maintenance, repair, adjustment, and tuning of virtually every type of historical musical instrument. As one of the world's leading conservators of musical instruments, Stewart Pollens gives practical advice on the handling, storage, display and use of historic musical instruments in museums and other settings, and provides technical information on such wide-ranging subjects as  ...

(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)

Contributed by admin on Jul 28, 2015

"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  ...

(DE) Tree Edition Lute Manuscripts Releases

Contributed by admin on Jul 13, 2015

(From the most recent Tree Edition August Newsletter)

A good resource for lute manuscripts, Tree Edition releases its fare of new and available manuscripts for the month of August ...

(UK) New Arrivals: Early Dance DVD's

Contributed by admin on Jul 02, 2015

(From a recent newsletter)

"We've just received a delivery of modern dance and early dance DVDs produced by Dance Horizons. Most of the recordings are old, sometimes as many as 40 or 50 years, so by today's standards the picture quality is poor. But if you can cope with this there are some fascinating things included, both performance, technique, and interviews ..."

(IT) Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM) Release: Francesco Antonio Pistocchi Scherzi musicali [op. II] - Duetti e terzetti, op. III Edizione critica

Contributed by admin on Jun 27, 2015

"The volume presents the first modern edition of all the vocal print of the famous singer and composer Francesco Antonio Pistocchi (1659-1726), founder of one of the first schools of Italian song. The book includes a broad biography of the musician as well as the critical edition of  the lyrics and music ...

(ES) Spanish Ministry of Culture Prize Award: "The Golden Age of violin making in Spain" (Jorge Pozas)

Contributed by admin on Jun 20, 2015

(From a recent newsletter article)

"We’re happy to share with you that “The Golden Age of Violin Making in Spain” is the 2015 Winner of the “Third Prize” in the Art Books section of the Best Edited Book Awards organised by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. ...

(FR) Frank Mento: "Harpsichord Training Method"

Contributed by admin on Jun 06, 2015

(From a recent email from Frank Mento)

"Here is an online harpsichord method for children and even all beginners! It was while teaching harpsichord in Education Action Zones (UK), or in Affirmative Action Areas (USA), that I noticed that a great effort still remained necessary to make the learning of this instrument accessible. The goal of this method is to favorize in a pleasant manner the learning and localization of the most commonly played notes, motor skills, as well as hand coordination and displacement by way of Basso Continuo, Diminutions, Articulations and Sight-reading.  ...

(NL) Brill Recent Book Release: "The Book Trade in the Italian Renaissance" (Angela Nuovo. Translated by Lydia G. Cochrane)

Contributed by admin on Jun 03, 2015

Although not of early music in topic, this book title may answer some questions on how the book trade worked in Renaissance Italy.  ( Editor)

"This work offers the first English-language survey of the book industry in Renaissance Italy. Where traditional accounts of the book in the Renaissance celebrate authors and literary achievement, this study examines the nuts and bolts of a rapidly expanding trade that built on existing economic practices while developing new mechanisms in response to political and religious realities. Approaching the book trade from the perspective of its publishers and booksellers, this archive-based account ...

(IT) Edizione Antonino Reggio

Contributed by antonino1725 on May 20, 2015

Works of previously unknown Eighteenth Century Sicilian composer now being published.

Edizione Antonino Reggio (EAR) is the publishing arm of Fondazione Antonino Reggio, a non-profit organisation set up to research the life and works of the Eighteenth Century Sicilian Prelate, harpsichordist, violoncellist and composer, Monsignor Antonino Reggio.

EAR has begun to publish modern editions of Reggio's works as well as a thematic catalogue and a short monograph. 

(US) Books: George Frideric Handel A Life with Friends (Published: Sep 2014)

Contributed by admin on May 17, 2015

"During his lifetime, the sounds of Handel’s music reached from court to theater, echoed in cathedrals, and filled crowded taverns, but the man himself—known to most as the composer of Messiah—is a bit of a mystery. Though he took meticulous care of his musical manuscripts and even provided for their preservation on his death, very little of an intimate nature survives.  ...

(IT) Libreria Musicale Italiana

Contributed by admin on Apr 10, 2015

(From a recent newsletter item from Libreria Musicale Italiana)

 For those of you who are interested, Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM)  has a selection of hard to find volumes offered at a special price inclusive of shipping. ...

(FR) Pablo de Sarasate : Zigeunerweisen - Gipys airs - Airs bohemiens op. 20 - for treble (alto) recorder in F

Contributed by admin on Apr 05, 2015

(From a recent newsletter from Jean Cassignol)

Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908)
Zigeunerweisen - Gipys airs - Airs bohémiens op. 20
Adaptation for treble (alto) recorder in F
Free page sample on request

Transverse flute players are well ahead of recorder players concerning the transcription of virtuosic pieces...

(IT) Libreria Musicale Italiana: Books, Periodicals etc. in .pdf format

Contributed by admin on Mar 01, 2015

News from Libreria Musicale Italiana of their growing collection of books soon to be offered for sale in .pdf format. "The selection of texts is expanding rapidly and will soon be available more than 900 files including periodicals, monographs, proceedings of and extracts."

(AU) Pickering & Chatto Publishers Book Release: "The Memoirs of Charlotte Papendiek (1765-1840)" (Michael Kassler, general editor)

Contributed by admin on Mar 01, 2015

"Readers of may be interested to know that my new, annotated and corrected edition of The Memoirs of Charlotte Papendiek (1765-1840) has just been published by Pickering & Chatto as part of a four-volume set of Memoirs of the Court of George III.

Charlotte Papendiek and her family were royal servants and friends of numerous musicians including John Christian Bach, John Peter Salomon and Haydn."

Michael Kassler

(IT) Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM): "Il Farinelli Ritrovato"

Contributed by admin on Jan 10, 2015

(From a recent newsletter from LIM)

Libreria Musicale Italian (LIM) announces the availability of its newest addition: "Il Farinelli Ritrovato" (edited by Luigi Verdi). Proceedings of the Conference of studies Bologna May 29, 2012 by Luigi Verdi) ...


(US) Theoria – Historical Aspects of Music Theory -- online

Contributed by admin on Jun 26, 2014

From a recent announcement on the AMS mailing list:

News from Dr. Frank Heidlberger (Professor of Music Theory, Chair, Division of Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology, University of North Texas, College of Music)  that the journal “Theoria – Historical Aspects of Music Theory” is now online.  ...

(UK) Dance Books Release: "Marie Taglioni" Biography by Andre Levinson

Contributed by admin on Mar 04, 2014

(From a recent newsletter item from Dance Books)

"Nearly 40 years ago we published a paperback reprint of Andre Levinson's biography of the great romantic ballerina Marie Taglioni. That edition has long been out of print, and is now so scarce that we were astonished to  discover that second-hand editions are being offered on the internet for upwards of £80. ...

(DE) Tree Edition October Newsletter

Contributed by admin on Nov 04, 2013
The DANZIG LUTE BOOK (Danzig [Gdansk] tablature 4022)

"is a collection of early seventeenth century lute music of Gdansk provenance, now kept in Berlin. This tablature was lost during the Second World War. Unexpectedly, after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the resulting political changes, this manuscript was revealed to be in the collection of the Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz in East Berlin: it turned out that during the war part of the Gdansk library collection was taken to Moscow, and from there the whole collection was transferred to the Berlin Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz in the 1950s...

(UK) Cambridge University Press New Release: "The Cambridge Companion to Choral Music" (Edited by André de Quadros)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 16, 2012

(From a recent Cambridge University Press news release)

“The volume sets out a historical survey of the genre and follows with a kaleidoscopic bird's eye view of choral music from all over the world. Chapters vividly portray the emergence and growth of choral music from its Quranic antecedents in West and Central Asia to the baroque churches of Latin America, representing its global diversity. …

(IT) Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM) New Release: "Il canto ambrosiano dalle origini al IX Secolo"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 12, 2012

Il canto ambrosiano dalle origini al IX Secolo
Silloge ragionata degli studi recenti

Author: Francesco Petazzi
Edition: Lucca, LIM, 2012 (Quaderni Ambrosiani, 5)
ISBN: 978870966893

You may also want to visit this particular website and browse the list of releases in its catalogue. There are quite a few interesting early music publications and there are usually quite frequent releases. (Editor)

Visit the Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM) website for more information of new and recent releases. 

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