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Investors should loan prized stringed instruments to top players

Rather than storing instruments in a vault, investors must allow them to be played, for the benefit of owner and musician alike, wrote Jonathan Moulds in 2014

Source: The Strad. Published: August 7, 2019.

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New Music Manuscripts from Italy (ICCU) in RISM

After several years of discussions and negotiations with the Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo unico delle Biblioteche Italiane (ICCU) and an intensive technical preparatory phase, more than 200,000 records of music manuscripts from the SBN Musica database were transferred to the internal RISM datab …

Source: RISM. Published: August 8, 2019.

Could La Folia be history’s most enduring tune?

Why did this humble tune, first conjured by medieval farmers, capture so many people’s imaginations and even feature in The Addams Family? Andrea Valentino takes a look.

Source: BBC. Published: July 31, 2019.

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For the first time, soaring voices of Saint Mark’s evening hymns belong to women

On Sunday nights at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, you’ll see people sitting and even lying down throughout the church as they listen to chanting and prayers sung by the choir. Until now, it’s been a men’s choir.

Source: Published: August 11, 2019.

Harpsichord Finds Home In The 20th Century

Four works for harpsichord and orchestra are featured on a new CD from the Chicago-based Cedille Records label with soloist Jory Vinikour, conductor Scott Speck, and the Chicago Philharmonic.

Source: Early Music America. Published: August 12, 2019.
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