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. 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
and information previously published here (and there) ...
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.
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contain 58 orchestral works, many of which are previously unpublished, little-known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.
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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