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“An ancient song repertory will be heard for the first time in 1,000 years this week after being ‘reconstructed’ by a Cambridge researcher and a world-class performer of medieval music”
See more at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/first-performance-in-1000-years-lost-songs-from-the-middle-ages-are-brought-back-to-life-0#sthash.D7QTEiRd.dpuf
When Aaron Copland composed the ballet Appalachian Spring for Martha Graham’s eponymous company which was to be premiered at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., he wrote the work for a 13-piece chamber orchestra. The orchestra pit in the library’s auditorium couldn’t accommodate a larger group of musicians. Read about a new full-orchestral version here.
This week, a score composed 200 years ago by a Prague pharmacist is finally being played for an audience — and the pharmacist’s descendants, local musicians, made it happen.
It’s rare for an orchestra to devote a whole performance to works by a single composer — even rarer for that composer to be living, and onstage. Mason Bates, the Kennedy Center’s composer-in-residence, was the focus of the second concert in the National Symphony Orchestra’s new “Declassified” series, which offers a shorter, late-night performance of music that specifically, earnestly and even a little desperately targets a younger generation. Read the article at the Washington Post.
When Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic visited “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” last month, it was only natural that they performed Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” (1942). Is there any work more emblematic of the dean of American music than the stirring “Fanfare,” which Mr. Colbert called “one of the most powerful American melodies”? Read the article at the New York Times.
When the new students arrive at Sweden’s two opera conservatories this autumn, they’ll share one thing in common: they’ll all be women. In the most recent round of auditions, only women won a place. There just weren’t any qualified male candidates. Read more at the Economist.
World-renowned violinist Daniel Hope uncovered dusty letters and compositions scribbled on scraps of paper for “The Sounds of Hollywood,” a book and a CD on Jewish immigrant composers who fled to Hollywood in the 1930s. Read the article at DW.com
In an old bus depot in an industrial stretch of Bushwick, Brooklyn, whose architectural ornamentation consists of concertina wire and graffiti, young singers and musicians — some wearing knit hats and parkas against the cold — were rehearsing Puccini’s “Tosca.” Read the article at the New York Times.
Rarely performed music by Robert Schumann, György Kurtág and Galina Ustvolskaya gets an outing at a festival exploring mental health and the arts. Read the article at the Guardian.