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20 New Lines from The Epic of Gilgamesh Discovered in Iraq, Adding New Details to the Story

The Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the oldest narratives in the world, got a surprise update last month when the Sulaymaniyah Museum in the Kurdistan region of Iraq announced that it had discovered 20 new lines of the Babylonian-Era poem of gods, mortals, and monsters. Since the poem has existed in fragm …

Source: Open Culture. Published: October 5, 2015.

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5 Pieces Of Classical Music, Reborn

In the past several centuries of classical music development, a number of techniques and styles have come and gone, and modern composers have found ways to reconcile works of an older tradition with contemporary methods, while maintaining the general essence of the original piece.

Source: Houston Public Media. Published: October 1, 2015.

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Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Early music: the 15th-century Led Zeppelin

The textbook definition of “early music” is all I’ve ever known, just a blip in a music appreciation class in college: “Western classical music created in the years between 500 and 1600.” But Laura Osterlund, for whom early music has been a lifelong passion, explained how dry definitions can’t captu …

Source: Published: September 30, 2015.

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Well-meaning attempts to make classical music more accessible miss the point

On the way to a meeting with the marketing director of a leading UK orchestra in London recently, I paused at Trafalgar Square to listen to a trio of East European string players rattling through Coldplay hits to the delight of a large audience of tourists. Viva la Vida made a particular impression. …

Source: Classical Music. Published: October 1, 2015.

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Emmanuel Music Traces Bach Influence

Over the last five years Emmanuel Music’s Artistic Director Ryan Turner has left his imprint with SRO performances of The Great Gatsby and A Little Night Music, as well as, more predictably, the company’s first St. John Passion in many years.

Source: The Boston Musical Intelligencer. Published: September 28, 2015.

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Nicholas McGegan: 30 Years and Counting with Philharmonia Baroque

Thirty years ago, the founder of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, early music crusader and harpsichordist Laurette Goldberg tapped Nicholas McGegan to become Philharmonia’s music director. Under “Nic’s” leadership, a five-year-old ensemble previously run by four ensemble musicians who conducted orche …

Source: San Francisco Classical Voice. Published: September 29, 2015.

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