Music Website News
with KEITH BRAMICH
Welcome once again to Music & Vision's weekly look at some
of our friends and neighbours on the 'weltweit infobahn'.
Specially set up by Mikael Rydh in Stockholm to help you buy and sell
musical instruments on the web, netinstruments.com is a worldwide marketplace for musicians
which features free musical instrument classifieds and which aims to
provide the best service on the internet for linking buyers and sellers
of musical instruments and musical services.
Gramophone called The Sixteen 'One of the finest choirs of
our time', and their website lists their various activities, with and
without their own baroque orchestra, the Symphony of
Harmony and Invention. Visit www.the-sixteen.org.uk to see their discography (containing
more than 70 titles), a review of one of their explorations into opera,
and their current tour schedule.
Ensemble die reihe
Rudolf Illavsky, General Manager of Austria's Ensemble die reihe,
asks us to draw your attention to their website at homepages.netway.at/diereihe/ The ensemble was formed
in 1958 by Friedrich Cerha and Kurt Schwertsik to create a permanent forum
for new music within the traditional musical life of Vienna.
Classical Search is a global search engine for the classical music internet
community, including more than 15,000 international classical music sites,
and expanding at a rapid rate. All entries are checked prior to acceptance,
with validation taking place within a week of submission. Only sites considered
to be directly relevant are listed, their mission being 'to make sense
of the internet for those who have a real interest in music but have experienced
difficulties in finding high quality information sources amongst the web's
hundreds of millions of pages.' Classical Search is at www.classicalsearch.com .
Cognitive Psychology and Music
Visit the Cognitive Science, Humanities and the Arts website (a part
of the Cognitive Science Initiative at the University of Houstan) moderated
by Cynthia Freeland and Anne Jacobson at www.hfac.uh.edu/cogsci/index.html for references to recent
writings on cognitive psychology and music.
Rarely-heard American music
Benjamin Tubb has produced various extended MIDI files and libretti for
rarely-heard American music. These are available for download as follows:
Dilemma (a Recital in Song and Verse for 12 Ladies) by Frederic Woodman
of the Pilgrims also by Frederic Woodman Root (1877) (SATB with Two
Pianos, words by Felicia Hemans).
Haymakers (1857), an Operatic Cantata by George Frederick Root (1820-1895,
and Frederic Woodman Root's father). George Frederic Root wrote 36 operatic
canatas, and Benjamin Tubb is currently working on Phyllis, the Farmer's
Daughter (1892), which he hopes to complete and make available by the
end of the month.
Joseph in Egypt (c1870), an Original Cantata with words by George
Cooper and music by Henry Tucker (1826-1882)
in Heaven! or, The Returning Wanderer's Welcome (1871) by Henry Clay
Jammin' in Jeans
Derek Baker announces a new site for a new chamber orchestra in Portland,
Maine (near Boston) - The Atlantic Chamber Orchestra. Their aim is to bring
classical music to a younger generation, most of whom are not familiar with
the music, but will probably like it when exposed to it. Put on your jammin'
jeans and visit www.jamminjeans.com !
Radio stations on the web
WBJC in Baltimore is now on-line throughout the Real Audio world via
(Click here to listen.)
WBJC ask that you limit your listening time - their server only supports a
limited number of streams.
No Lessons Required
A new interactive music application uses a computer to assist in music
performance while retaining 'creative' aspects such as harmony, melody,
rhythm and dynamics. [I'm wondering what kind of music we'd have without
these.] 'U-Play Music turns your standard multimedia PC into a revolutionary
new kind of musical instrument that anyone can play.' There's more information
for those interested at www.u-playmusic.com
Quotations and Aphorisms
Of slightly dubious relevance (and specially suited to the short-sighted)
- the heat must be getting to me - but fun to finish with, I think this
page does have two music quotes somewhere ... freunde.imperium.de/gansel/quotes/quotes2.htm
Copyright © Keith Bramich, June 29th
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