Jerrold Northrop Moore
Jerrold Northrop Moores's new book on F.L.Griggs, the early 20th century
etcher and illustrator, has just been published by OUP. Jerrold Northrop
Moore is best known to musicians as the editor of Elgar's letter and the
author of a key work on the composer, Edward Elgar : A Creative Life,
now available in OUP paperback.
Moore sees F.L. Griggs, whose work has long been deserving of reevaluation,
as a key figure following in the imaginary British pastoral tradition of
Samuel Palmer. Many of his superbly reproduced etchings depict monastic
and ecclesiastical buildings, real or imagined, set in idealised urban or
An exhibition of etchings by F.L.Griggs runs at the Fine Art Society,
148 New Bond St., London W1Y OJT (Tel. +44 (0)20 7629 5116) until 29th October.
A further exhibition runs at The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford during November
F.L.Griggs, l876-l938 : The Architecture of Dreams (ISBN 0-l9-817407-1)
is published in October l999 by OUP at GBP 70.
Just announced is the publication of a Catalogue of the Published Works
of Benjamin Britten. It is comprehensive, with the chronology and publication
of the works in detail. Published by the Britten-Pears Library for the Estate,
it is distributed by Boosey & Hawkes at GBP 25
in cloth and GBP 10 paperback.
and information previously published here (and there) ...
A unique project has been organised by the Northern Sinfonia in Newcastle
UK. In advance of a new Music Centre in Gateshead, two projects - StarBirth
and Meteor Showers - will create two groups, vocal and instrumental,
from the local populace, to create pieces inspired by themes and images
from Handel's Messiah for public performance in the Caedmon Hall,
Gateshead. Info: +44 (0)191 477 3478.
A manuscript in Beethoven's handwriting was recently discovered at Pencarrow
in Cornwall, England. Beethoven wrote the piece, in B minor, dating from
1817, for Richard Ford, a young English traveller who visited Vienna. The
Eroica Quartet gave the work its first public performance in modern times
on 7 October at Sotheby's
in London. [Click to listen.] The manuscript
will be auctioned by Sotheby's on 8 December, and is expected to sell for
GBP 150,000 - 200,000.
The Aleksander Tansman 3rd International Competition of Musical Personalities
will be held in Lodz, Poland. 5-11 November 2000. The competition aims to
promote both promising young musicians and the music of Aleksander Tansman.
The 3rd Competition is open to soloists in any of the following disciplines:
voice, oboe, violin, cello, piano and guitar. Applicants can be of any nationality,
but must have been born after 1 January 1970. The closing date for applications
is 22 August 2000. The 1st prize is USD 12000. Regulations, an application
form and further information about the music of Tansman are available at
Georg Tintner is dead
Conductor Georg Tintner died tragically in a fall at his home in Halifax,
Nova Scotia, Canada on 2 October, aged 82.
Tintner, born in Vienna, sang in the Vienna Boys Choir, and also conducted
the group in his own compositions. He studied conducting with Weingartner,
and was appointed as Assistant Conductor of the Volksoper at the age of
nineteen, but his career in Austria was cut short when he attempted to sue
the Nazis for unfair dismissal from his post. He was forced to flee his
country (never forgiving the Austrians for their anti-Semitism and for 'spitting
him out'), working in New Zealand and Australia. Before settling in Canada
to work with Symphony Nova Scotia, he worked in Cape Town, London, then
again in Australia.
Honoured by the governments and institutions of at least three countries,
Tintner was also widely acclaimed as a lecturer, and his lectures have been
broadcast extensively throughout Canada, Australasia and the US.
petition for a Georg Tintner Memorial Edition CD.
Richard Strauss Edition
Marking the 50th anniversary of Richard Strauss' death, Peters Edition
have issued volumes 19-30 of the Richard Strauss Edition. These twelve volumes
contain 58 orchestral works, many of which are previously unpublished, little-known
or long out of print.
A special subscription price of GBP 420 also includes a facsimile of
the autograph score of Till Eulenspiegel. Order online, or contact Peters Music Shop at Boosey and
Hawkes, 295 Regent Street, London W1R 8JH, UK.
Finnissy at Ultima
Metier has produced three CDs of music by the English composer Michael
Finnissy: string quartets, the composer playing Folklore, and Voces
Sacrae singing Seven Sacred Motets. The NMC label has also produced a CD
with major chamber works, so Finnissy's music is receiving growing attention.
American readers in particular might find the New England Conservatory's
Career Services Center of benefit when seeking jobs in music performance,
teaching and arts administration. Listings are worldwide and available to
all for $25 per year for email subscriptions, $35 for a print version, and
$49 for overseas. Info from firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOODS - science helps music
The Music Object-Oriented Distributed System (MOODS) is a new scientific
tool for performing musicians. Conventional printed scores and music stands
are replaced with new electronic lecterns. Developed by Paolo Nesi and colleagues at the University of Florence,
enhancements to this system could allows composers and publishers to deliver
customised versions of their scores electronically.
During rehearsals, individual musicians alter their parts if necessary
and conductors can make changes to the full score. Any changes appear immediately
in the appropriate parts, and several musicians can work on the score at
once, all altering the same bar if required. The lectern screens scroll
the music automatically, in time with the performance. Players are no longer
distracted by awkward page turns, and the audience experiences a performance
free of paper shuffling noises. Further information about MOODS.
song-cycles, Chuench'i (translations of Chinese poems by Arthur Waley),
and Six Songs of William Blake, together with Nine Slovak Folk
Songs have been recorded for commercial CD by Alison Wells (soprano)
and Martyn Hill (tenor), with Keith Swallow (piano).
Composer and conductor José Serebrier is a protégé
of Antal Dorati and Leopold Stokowski, and is known for his work with music
of the Russian Romantic school. Two new CDs have been released - Serebrier
Conducts Serebrier is devoted to his own prize-winning compositions,
including Partita (Symphony No 2), Fantasia, Winterreise (for full
orchestra) and violinist Gonzalo Acosta playing the youthful Sonata for
violin solo. The second CD features Serebrier conducting Rimsky-Korsakov's
Scheherazade, and the Russian Easter Festival Overture. Info: Reference Recordings.
Gillian Weir in Chinese
Henry Luo has translated Dame Gillian Weir's article Aspects
of Vision into the Chinese language for the publication Philharmonic.
Gillian's article was first published here at Music & Vision
Fong plays Cage
Violinist Christina Fong (who has performed-premièred the works
of composers such as Philip Glass, Michael Nyman and Michael Gordon) has
a new CD which features world première recordings of John Cage's
complete 'number pieces' for violin. The CD is the first in a series, to
feature previously unrecorded works for violin/viola by well-known composers.
Info (and ordering information) from Christina Fong.
Rumon Gamba's first CD, 'The film music of Georges Auric', is available
and was their September 'disc of the month'. The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
plays specially reconstructed scores from the Ealing Studios years, including
The Lavender Hill Mob, Passport to Pimlico, Moulin Rouge
and Dead of night. The music should appeal to both classical and
film music audiences.
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