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(From a recent newsletter item from Tree Editions)
Series: The Rostock Lute Mss
Ms Mus Saec XVIII-53,3 a-c
3 Parthies for Lute and Strings / 3 Parthien für Laute und Streicher
del Sign. Pichler
Facsimile / French Tablature / Baroque tuning / Euro 30.-
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(FR) Musicologie Book Review: "L'orchestre à cordes sous Louis xiv" (by Duron Jean et Gétreau Florence, 2016) (Review by Jean-Marc Warszawski, 15 Jan 2017)
Duron Jean et Gétreau Florence (direction), L'orchestre à cordes sous Louis xiv : Instruments, répertoires, singularités. « Musicologies »Vrin, Paris 2016 [472 p. ; ISBN978-2-7116-2619-9 ; 29 €].
"This book brings together 23 contributions relating to string orchestras, but also to strings in orchestras, under the reign of Louis XIV. With the center, Versailles practices: the tyrant had paid little attention to the expense to impress the world and erect to the and his royalty, in fact already declining and for this reason, an outstanding monument, including music. Versailles was a reference - certainly partly phantasmagoric - to the princes of the whole earth, even to those who never showed their majesty or the tip of their noses. ...
(IT) Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM) New Title Release: "Rivista Internazionale di Musica Sacra - n. 37, 2016/1-2"
News from LIM of the availability of the "Rivista Internazionale di Musica Sacra"
The Summary of its contents:
Aggiornare la mente, vivificare lo spirito Giacomo Baroffio
Apologia per una manutenzione degli edifici intellettuali Valerio Morucci
La musica nella filosofia mistica ebraica medioevale e rinascimentale: una prospettiva storiografica Francesca Mellace ...
News from Ut Orpheus Edizioni that the most recent issue of Ad Parnassum Journal is now available.
The contents of this issue:
A New Network on Music Criticism
Robert Valentine and the Roman Concerto Grosso
Joshua S. Walden
«Novelty, Wit and an Abundance of Ideas»: The Mid-Eighteenth-Century German Instrumental Cadenza as Interpretation ...
(US) Yahoo! News Article: "Scholars fret about fate of 'holy grail' German abbey books" (by David Rising, 26 Dec 2016)
"It was filthy, cramped and in major disarray, but when art historian Eva Lindqvist Sandgren entered the library in Altomuenster Abbey, off-limits to all but the German monastery's nuns for more than five centuries, she immediately knew she was looking at a major treasure.
The dusty shelves held at least 500 books, by her estimate, including precious illuminated manuscripts from the 16th century, chants used by the uniquely women-led Bridgettine Order and processionals bursting with colorful religious and ornamental decoration in their margins. ...
(UK) British Library - Medieval Manuscripts Blog: "Christmas Coronations" (by Becky Lawton, Dec 2016)
"Throughout the Middle Ages, Christmas was a season of festivities and celebrations, just as it is today. 25 December was certainly a high point of this festive season, beginning the twelve days of Christmas which would last until Epiphany. On three occasions in the early medieval period, the Christmas Day celebrations may have been more extravagant than usual: on Christmas Day in 800, 855 and 1066, merrymakers also celebrated the coronations of the very first Holy Roman Emperor and two English kings with interesting legacies. ...
"Most people today think of a carol as any song or hymn related to Christmas. In its origins, it is something both more and less specific than this. It is derived from the Old French word carole, referring to a round of dancers, singing and holding hands. What they sung was not limited to Christmas music, and musicologists often identify a refrain repeated after each stanza as the key feature of an early carol. Not all medieval carols were overtly religious, but most focused on the Virgin Mary or the winter holy days. ...
(US) Journal of Seventeenth Century Music - New Publication: "Thematic Catalogue of Chamber Cantatas by Marc'Antonio Pasqualini" (compiled by Margaret Murata, Dec 2016)
(From a recent post from Kelley Harness, Editor-in-Chief (outgoing), Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music)
... announcing the publication of Margaret Murata's Thematic Catalogue of Chamber Cantatas by Marc'Antonio Pasqualini ...
"Our latest digitisation project has begun as we work to digitise 400 pre-1200 manuscripts from the British Library holdings, with a generous support from The Polonsky Foundation. The joint project between the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France seeks to promote and explore the contacts between France and England from 700 to 1200, as witnessed in medieval manuscript culture. We have already started, and have compiled a list of around 250 manuscripts that are key to the project themes. However, we would welcome ideas from readers about illuminated manuscripts at the British Library that you would like to see digitised. ...
"The Brill Reformation Year E-Book Collection offers unique access to 125 carefully selected e-books, covering all aspects of the Reformation, its genesis, its context, its impact, and its aftermath. The books were published between 2006 and 2017. The collection is aimed at students and scholars in the fields of:
- Reformation Studies
- Church History
- Early Modern History
- European History
- Social & Cultural History
- Book History
- History of Art
- Interfaith Relations
- Christian Theology ...
For those of you who have online access to the Oxford Journals "English Historical Review", the October 2016 issue is now available online. For others who do not have access, you may want to enquire about possible access with your library. Access to the journals are available through
- personal subscription
- library "OpenAthens" user access
- library "Institutional" user access
- selected pay-per-view access
The October 2016 lists the following articles: ...
"With the St. John Passion the triad of Schütz’s settings of the Passion is now available within the framework of the complete recording of Schütz’s works by the Dresdner Kammerchor under the direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann. The Passions are testimony to Schütz’s highly musical artistic aspirations, they are works of his old age and maturity with which an entire musical epoch reaches its conclusion. ...
(UK) The Telegraph Article: "Sotheby's clashes with expert over Beethoven manuscript that fails to sell after public row over authenticity" (by Lydia Willgress, 29 Nov 2016)
"A handwritten Beethoven score valued at up to £200,000 has failed to sell at auction, after a public row between music scholars over whether it was written in the composer’s own hand.
The manuscript for Allegretto In B Minor, thought to have been drawn up in 1817, had been described by Sotheby's as ...
(UK) The Guardian: "Thomas Becket's personal book of psalms 'found in Cambridge library' " (by Alison Flood, 01 Oct 2016)
"A Cambridge academic believes he has discovered Thomas Becket’s personal book of psalms, an ancient manuscript the martyred saint and so-called “turbulent priest” may have been holding when he was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170. ...
Libreria Musicale Italiana is seeking submissions for a peer-reviewed volume on Italian early renaissance music.
"We are interested in essays that present new discoveries, discussions, methods, perspectives for the study of Italian composers, works and sources from late 13th to early 16th centuries. ...
(IT) Libreria Musical Italiana Book Release: "La scuola violoncellistica di Gaetano Ciandelli " (Enrica Donisi, 2016)
"The results obtained with this study aspire to dispel some misconceptions rooted in time, showing that the revival of the nineteenth century instrumental music in Italy is due to the cello School of Naples, thanks to the founder, Gaetano Ciandelli, his pupils Salvatore Pappalardo and Paolo Rotondo , and Isidoro Boubèe. ...
"Dr Peter Leech, Associate Lecturer at the School of Music, recently made an exciting discovery while researching at Ushaw College Library, near Durham.
Hunting for eighteenth-century sacred music by Italian composers (a search which also proved fruitful), Dr Leech found, tucked between weighty ecclesiastical tomes in the Lisbon College Archive, a single volume containing the first editions, bound together, of two landmark Renaissance musical treatises, De Harmonia Musicorum (Milan, 1518) by Franchinus Gaffurius (1451-1522) and Musica Theorica (Venice, 1529) by Lodovico Fogliano (c.1475-1542). ...
New items published by TREE EDITION July 2016 for the lute:
- Series: The Rostock Lute Mss, Rostock 8, Facsimile of Rostock Ms Mus Saec XVIII-13,2 a-c; 4 Suites for Baroque Lute del Sign. Daube; 2 Arias by Graun & Hasse Lute in French Tablature / Euro 25.-
- Giulio Abundante Intabulatura di Lautto / Libro Secondo; Venice, 1548; Facsimile / Renaissance tuning / ItalianTablature / Euro 20.-
- Thomas Robinson The Schoole of Musicke; London 1603; Facsimile / Renaissance tuning / French Tablature / Euro 25.-
(From a recent LIM newsletter)
Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM) Announces its Updated Catalogue.
"Founded in 1988 with the aim of publishing facsimile editions of music and musicography from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque periods, LIM has developed a solid editorial activity in all branches of music culture and musicology. ...
(UK) Composers Edition Release: "Gesualdo: Sacrae Cantiones II - An analysis towards reconstruction" (by James Wood, Nov 2015)
"Conductor, composer, musicologist, instrument designer and formerly virtuoso percussionist, James Wood’s multi-faceted career has led him into an extraordinarily broad spectrum of musical activities. He was conductor of Schola Cantorum of Oxford before founding the New London Chamber Choir, with whom he pioneered the work of many contemporary composers, including Xenakis, Scelsi, Kagel, Harvey, Viñao and Wood himself, as well as much little-known music from the Renaissance. In the 1990s he also founded the Centre for Microtonal Music and its ensemble, Critical Band, and was active in the dissemination of microtonality on many levels. In 2007 he left England for Germany, where he pursues a free-lance career as conductor, composer and musicologist. His highly acclaimed reconstruction of Gesualdo’s Sacrae Cantiones Liber Secundus occupied him for over two years from 2008 until 2010, and his recording of the complete set with Vocalconsort Berlin for Harmonia Mundi was awarded the ECHO-Klassik Prize for Choir Recording of the Year in 2013. ...
After getting shut down late last year, a website that allows free access to paywalled academic papers has sprung back up in a shadowy corner of the Internet.
There’s a battle raging over whether academic research should be free, and it’s overflowing into the dark web.
Most modern scholarly work remains locked behind paywalls, and unless ...
(UK) The Guardian Article: " Dates of key Mozart symphonies are wrong, claims music scholar" (by Mark Brown, 10 Jan 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. ...
(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 ...
"The Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek is the English translation of Franco Montanari’s Vocabolario della Lingua Greca, based on the completely revised 3rd Italian edition published in 2013 by Loescher Editore, Torino. With an established reputation as the most important modern dictionary for Ancient Greek, it brings together 140,000 headwords taken from the literature, papyri, inscriptions and other sources of the archaic period up to the 6th Century CE, and occasionally beyond. ...
(UK) The Guardian Article: " Earliest known biography of an African woman translated to English for the first time" (by Alison Flood, 03 Dec 2015)
"The earliest known book-length biography of an African woman, a 17th-century text detailing the life of the Ethiopian saint Walatta Petros, has been translated into English for the first time. ...