Music Website News
Today some news about new or recently discovered music websites - a mixed
bag, and hopefully something for everyone.
Doctoral Dissertations online
Two sites list all known doctoral dissertations in the field of music
- one in the US and one in the UK. They are Doctoral
Dissertations in Musicology Online or DDM-Online (listing, since 1995,
dissertations in progress and completed) and an Archive
of Dissertation Abstracts in Music (with some other useful dissertation
links at the end of the page).
MiBAC Music Software sells downloadable
programs which gives music lessons in theory and jazz. Demos can be downloaded
free. At Private Lessons you
can find a music teacher (and much more). The Online
Conservatory has gone one step further and claims to give you online
lessons over the net.
Hear some early phonograph and wax cylinder recordings, including 'cylinder
of the month', at www.tinfoil.com
. At the opposite end of the technology spectrum, Classic
Records are selling High Definition Compatible Digital (HDCD) recordings,
which use 24 bit encoding and a 96kHz sampling rate. The HDCD
home page, using the slogan 'Digital gets a soul', gives details about
this new format.
Many composers and arrangers use Finale
or Sibelius 7 for their work. There's
also a less expensive 'home grown' option from Australia - Music
A page of information about Mexican orchestras can be found at Música Mexicana en Internet.
You'll see links to eight Mexican orchestras' homepages, although the last
one didn't work when I tried it. The Mexico
City Philharmonic appears to be the only orchestra listed with online
information in English!
The website for this year's Edinburgh International Festival (15th
August - 4th September) is now online at www.eif.co.uk
Opera on the web
The New Grove Dictionary of Opera will be on-line at www.groveopera.com from May 1st, so bookmark
the URL and return in May if you're interested. No other details at present.
OperaStuff is mostly a collection of links to web sites related to
opera (and in particular singers and companies), but it also contains original
content which is to be expanded over the coming months. OperaStuff has a
new URL: www.operastuff.com .
San Francisco Classical Voice
A project of the San Francisco Foundation Community Initiative Funds,
San Francisco Classical Voice is a localised
classical music website/magazine which is published weekly, each Tuesday.
No Hitler without Wagner
Gottfried Wagner is author of He Who Does Not Howl With The Wolf
and great grandson of Richard Wagner. Click
here to hear a twenty three minute Real Audio discussion from the Australian
Broadcasting Corporation's Late Line with Jennifer Byrne, in which
Gottfried states that 'there would not have been a Hitler without Wagner'.
Can musical sounds be anti-Semitic?
Copyright © Keith Bramich, April
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