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Berkeley Scholar Wins Prestigious Kyoto Prize

The Bay Area musicologist Richard Taruskin, a prolific and wide-ranging scholar whose work has challenged conventional notions of music history and performance, has won the prestigious Kyoto Prize — the first music scholar to win the award.

Source: Published: June 16, 2017.

Leuven Chansonnier

Unique Songbook Discovered: “Like Finding Twelve New Drawings by Rubens”

Despite its 8.5 by 12 centimetres, the Leuven Chansonnier is a huge find. Director Bart Demuyt is thrilled with the fifteenth-century songbook recently discovered by his Alamire Foundation. “It’s been a century since the last time such an important manuscript surfaced in our field.”

Source: Ku Leuven. Published: May 19, 2017.

David Wulstan

David Wulstan Obituary

As a scholar and musician, David Wulstan, who has died aged 80, established a style of performing Tudor polyphonic music that broke new ground in the 1970s, and has now become mainstream.

Source: The Guardian. Published: June 2, 2017.


Is A Stradivarius Violin Easier To Hear? Science Says Nope

Another day, another study undercutting the myth surrounding the 18th-century Italian violin maker Antonio Stradivari.Since the early 20th century, musicians and instrument experts have been trying to figure out what, if anything, makes the violins he made sound better.

Source: NPR. Published: May 8, 2017.

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