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Fiddle Parts and Sound Posts: How Objects Tell Stories

Distinctly different from the incident, an object acts like a prism—it reflects, refracts, illuminates a story—and so offers a wide spectrum of possibilities. The object is also not straightforward and is wonderfully chaotic in the way it can be interpreted. Objects carry multiple stories in no part …

Source: OUPblog. Published: October 7, 2016.


The Eighteenth-Century Rhythm Riddle: What is the Quarter Note Quandary?

If you were to ask a modern musician what the quarter note means in Common Time the answer would be simple: “It lasts for one full beat, to be released at the beginning of the succeeding beat.” Ah, but eighteenth-century rhythm reading is not a simple “one-size-fits-all” affair. Just as spoken langu …

Source: Oxford University Press blog. Published: October 4, 2016.


Festival Report: IBERICA Early Music Festival 2016

The IBERICA Early Music Festival (formerly based in Boston, MA) continued with its third edition on Saturday September 3rd in Chapel Hill, NC thanks to the generous contribution of its host Dr. Van Quinn and the Chapel of the Cross.

Source: Early Music America. Published: October 4, 2016.

Neville Marriner

Sir Neville Marriner obituary

On the strength of what he had achieved by his early 30s, Sir Neville Marriner, who has died aged 92, would have been remembered as a decent orchestral and chamber music violinist. But at 34 he made a brilliant career move that led to his becoming one of the world’s best-known conductors. His chambe …

Source: The Guardian. Published: October 2, 2016.

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