“Some looked like Picasso’s wooden sculptures. A few others might have been designed by Rube Goldberg. In fact, the contraptions jumbled backstage at City Center this week were musical instruments — painstaking re-creations of the whimsical, ingenious instruments invented and built by Harry Partch, a truly unusual 20th-century American composer, theorist and tinkerer whose works created a unique soundscape based on a tonal system all his own.”
For the full story, please see the New York Times.
“Steel-pan bands, introduced to New York City by Caribbean immigrants, have joyously chimed across central Brooklyn for decades, performing at graduations and weddings and at annual events near Prospect Park like a musical competition called Panorama and an exuberant predawn street procession each Labor Day called J’ouvert.”
For the full story, please see the New York Times.
“Gunther Schuller, a composer, conductor, author and teacher who coined the term Third Stream to describe music that drew on the forms and resources of both classical and jazz, and who was its most important composer, died on Sunday in Boston. He was 89.”
Read the full story at the New York Times.
Met Music Director James Levine conducts one of his signature works, Wagner’s epic comedy Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg —now available on Met Opera on Demand. This Live in HD performance from last December features a superb international cast led by Michael Volle, Johan Botha, and Annette Dasch.
This month’s other new releases include:
||La Bohème (Puccini): radio broadcast recorded on 1/24/2015, conducted by Riccardo Frizza and starring Kristine Opolais, Marina Rebeka, Jean-François Borras, Mariusz Kwiecien, and David Soar.
||Summer Playlist 2015: an audio-only compilation of sultry arias for summer.
RISM is pleased to announce a major addition to its free online catalog that strengthens its utility as a resource for the documentation of printed music. Two of its major publications have been added to the online catalog and are freely available online for anyone to search at opac.rism.info (https://opac.rism.info/metaopac/start.do?View=rism) and www.rism.info (http://www.rism.info/):
- The entire contents of A/I, Individual Prints before 1800
Released on CD-ROM in 2012 and previously in 14 printed volumes
- A portion of B/I, Recueils imprimés, XVIe-XVIIe siècles (Printed collections of the 16th-17th centuries), covering the years 1500–1550
The addition of these printed sources brings the total number of records in the online catalog to over 1,010,000. New search fields allow users to search by Publisher, A/I or B/I number, and Plate number. Search results can be refined using the categories Publisher or a RISM Series. Icons of prints and manuscripts allow quick visual recognition.
We would like to express our gratitude to Bärenreiter and Henle Verlag for allowing us to incorporate the data into our catalog.
This addition of over 100,000 prints to the online catalog is an initial step towards revitalizing coverage of printed music in RISM. There are certainly many additions and corrections to be made to the A/I and B/I data and we ask for your patience as we work out a procedure for reporting new information. Institutions or individuals with additions or corrections to prints already in A/1 or B/1 are welcome to report them to us but for larger amounts of corrections, as well as new printed items without entries in A/1 or B/1, it will probably be easier to wait until the new cataloging program, Muscat, is available (expected in late 2015).
This multi-year recording project is the Marine Band’s first comprehensive collection of Sousa’s marches since the 1970s. The collection is in chronological order, and Volume 1 contains his first 17 marches, covering the years 1873 to 1882. Volume 1 is available for free download on the Marine Band website, which includes audio, scrolling score videos, and PDFs of the sheet music (full scores and parts) with historical and editorial notes. Each march has been carefully edited and corrected by Lt. Col. Fettig and Music Production Chief Master Sgt. Donald Patterson using some of the earliest known publications and incorporate performance practices employed by the Marine Band that are modeled on those of “The March King” himself.
The Spirituals Database is a searchable database of nearly 1600 tracks from recordings of Spirituals written for the solo voice. Launched in March, 2015, it is part of The Art of the Negro Spiritual and carries on that project’s efforts to discover and share information about the Spiritual’s potential role in developing a singer’s repertoire.
The project’s goal is the eventual publication of a discography of Spiritual art songs.
The primary–but far from exclusive–audience is the voice student and coach/teacher who is looking for these recorded resources. All too often, recordings may be the first exposure a vocalist or vocal instructor has to the Spiritual. That person, likely unfamiliar with the genre and with the singers who have recorded these art songs, can use The Spirituals Database to find these recorded resources for the study of how Spirituals can be performed in a concert setting.
Even the more experienced performer of this repertoire will have reason to seek out information about the wide range of recordings–including a number of rare or out-of-print long-playing (33 1/3 rpm) and 78 rpm albums, audio cassettes and 45 rpm discs–represented here.
More information about The Spirituals Database is available at http://spirituals-database.com/.
The Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University announces the launch of its American Vernacular Music Manuscripts (AVMM) website. Built as part of a three-year project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and undertaken in partnership with the American Antiquarian Society, the AVMM site makes available for the first time hundreds of American music manuscripts from the 1730s to 1910.
The complementary collections of the Center for Popular Music and the American Antiquarian Society are among the largest and most significant holdings of such material in the nation. Approximately 350 unique, handwritten manuscripts were included in the project, totaling more than 17,000 pages of music.
The manuscripts were all scanned in high resolution to archival standards for preservation, with the images stored at the Internet Archive. The AVMM website serves as a front page and search engine for the images, where users can search by year, song title, subject, origin, creator, and keyword.
For more information, please visit the AVMM website: http://popmusic.mtsu.edu/ManuscriptMusic
“Does the name Jan Antonín Koželuh mean anything to you? It doesn’t register even to most classical music geeks. But Albrecht Mayer would like to change that.
Mayer, the Berlin Philharmonic’s principal oboist, chose a concerto by Koželuh and works by three other forgotten 18th-century composers for the new album Lost and Found. Mayer solos in the concertos and conducts the Kammerakademie Potsdam.
How did he discover these neglected composers? Online, of course. At least that’s where his research began.”
For the full story, please see NPR.org.
“Many scientists have speculated that Beethoven had an arrhythmia (an abnormal heart rhythm), and some of his music is evidence of that. It seems that certain parts of the opening of the Piano Sonata in E-flat major (Opus 81a) were “transpositions” of irregular heart rhythms.”
For the full story, please see Newsweek.