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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.


The Intriguing Return of Baroque Opera

It was during the Paul Kellogg era of the nineties and the aughts that New York City Opera became a force for Baroque opera—specifically works by Handel, which, with their historical-mythical plots and arrays of pleasing arias, were eminently adaptable to a plethora of production styles.

Source: The New Yorker. Published: May 7, 2017.


Yet Another Misattributed (And Rediscovered) Vivaldi Work In Dresden

“The more I looked at this score, the more it continued to scream ‘Vivaldi’ at me. From that point onwards, the process of constructing a strong argument for Vivaldi’s authorship took over.”

Source: RISM. Published: April 25, 2017.


Cellist David Watkin On The Art Of Continuo Playing

For a while now I have been looking for ways to help musicians develop the kind of musical understanding which might help them in non-solo repertoire, and this has led to a number of questions.

Source: The Strad. Published: April 18, 2017.

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Musicologist Revives Dance In French Baroque Opera

When the Boston Early Music Festival needed advice on how to revive the French Baroque opera Le Carnaval de Venise for its 2017 season, the artistic directors turned to Cornell musicologist Rebecca Harris-Warrick.

Source: Cornell Chronicle. Published: March 7, 2017.

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EMA Announces 2017 Annual Award Recipients

EMA is very pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 EMA Annual Awards. The winners will be honored at EMA’s Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 16, 4:30 pm in Boston, MA.

Source: Early Music America. Published: February 23, 2017.

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Early Music Titan George Houle Has Died At 89

Houle built the early-music program at Stanford University and guided several generations of performers and scholars. He believed it was necessary to understand the rhythms of Renaissance and Baroque dances in order to play them well.

Source: Early Music America. Published: February 13, 2017.

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Center Stage, February 2017: Norma Gentile

Norma Gentile is a professional recording artist and singer. Her concerts, workshops and recordings reflect her passion in bringing music from the inaudible realms into the physical world for healing purposes. How did you come to the field of early music? I fell in love with early music in college. …

Source: Early Music America's E-Notes. Published: February 7, 2017.

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