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New Millennium Records
Composer Hayden Wayne has found a way of synthesising popular music styles
with classical music, and his music is popular in the Czech Republic. He
has written symphonic, opera and chamber music. CDs of Wayne's very listenable
music are available for ordering on-line from www.newmillenniumrecords.com
Indian Musical Instruments
Recently launched is www.surela.com,
the (well-designed, practical and good to look at) website of Surela Musical
Instrument Distributors, the Indian Musical Instruments Store based in the
USA. Many unusual instruments for sale (e.g. a bean or snake flute
with three pipes and made of pumpkin).
Carolina Culture Connection
The websites of Charles K. Moss are definitely worth a visit. Carolina Culture Connection
is a page of links to much of the best music on the web, also including
a huge page where website owners can add their own links. Charles also hosts
Music Webring - a collection of the finest music websites.
John Hayward-Warburton has written a knowledgeable and useful article
comparing all audio compression codecs - Real Audio, MP3 and Microsoft Audio
4.0 are three popular examples. Samples are available for comparison at
NMC and Elgar/Payne
NMC Recordings have built a diverse catalogue of recordings of music
by British composers (from Britten to the present day), including Howard
Skempton, David Sawer, James Dillon, Brian Ferneyhough and Michael Finnissy.
Their CD of Birtwistle's opera The Mask of Orpheus is particularly
good, and there are many other fine discs. Their website is at www.nmcrec.co.uk . NMC's best-selling release
is the BBCSO/Davis recording of the Elgar/Payne Symphony no.3. Whilst on
the subject of Elgar 3, there's an interesting musical tour (in Real Audio)
of this symphony on the Elgar
Society's website .
Canadian Musical Heritage Society
Based at Carleton University in Ottawa, the Canadian Musical Heritage
Society is completing its 25-volume (first-ever) anthology of pre-1950 Canadian
music. Further information at www.cmhs.carleton.ca
Pianist and music historian Artis Wodehouse's new folio of transcriptions
of Jelly Roll Morton's Piano Rolls is published by Hal Leonard (HL 00672433).
The work was a spin-off of his realisations of Morton's piano rolls on Nonesuch
CD 79363. Further information at www.keyboardwizards.com
Avoid musicians' injuries
Paul Marxhausen's long and very informative article Musicians
and Injuries at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's website
will help you to avoid many of the repetitive strain injuries to which musicians
are susceptible. Lists books, tapes and has links to other articles on line.
Paris Opera - international bookings
If you visit France and want to reserve tickets in advance from abroad
at either of Paris Opera's two houses, Garner or Bastille, information is
available from Paris Opera's web site at http://www.opera-de-paris.fr/fram-som.html
. (Paris Opera don't provide on-line ordering.) Alain Letort from Brazil
has investigated, and produced the following summary:
'... download their most recent reservation form (also from the OdP
web site), write in your date and seat preferences, include a charge card
number, and mail it so that it will reach the Paris Opera on the day that
reservations start for the performance you are interested in. [...] any
post office anywhere in the world should be able to sell you an international
reply coupon or 'coupon-reponse international' issued by the Universal Postal
Union. These are redeemable anywhere in the world for the return postage
to the country where the IRC was sold. [...] Or, find a French speaker who
can place a phone call for you and have your credit card number handy.'
If you phone, Alain suggests that you should shouldn't count on speaking
'Our quest is to introduce, review, appraise and share!' is the message
at the website of The Flying Inkpot
- an ever-so-slightly humorous page of classical music reviews which appears
to be updated every two weeks.
Tell us about your website
Do you have your own music-related website? Have you visited interesting
corners of the musical web and survived? If so, tell
us at Music & Vision and we'll pass on your cyber-musical experiences
in a future issue of Music Website News!
Copyright © Keith Bramich, June 8th
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