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Tõnu Kaljuste at the mirror

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I met Tõnu Kaljuste in one of the best pizzerias in Rimini, where we had dinner together after spending a long, hard day at the Cesena Conservatory of Music, where, from February 17 to 19, 2011, the famous Estonian artist led a masterclass for singers and conductors focused on the choral music of Arvo Pärt. […]

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Brumel: Missa Et Ecce Terrae Motus

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Cari lettori, i tristissimi fatti di questi giorni, mi riferisco alla tragedia del terremoto in centro Italia, mi hanno riportato alla mente una composizione di Antoine Brumel, la Missa Et Ecce Terrae Motus che è stata giustamente famosa durante la vita del compositore e che rimane una delle meraviglie della scrittura corale rinascimentale, sia per la […]

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Esperimenti Acustici in San Marco, Venezia

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L’ipotesi alla base di questo studio afferma che sia gli architetti sia i musicisti nella Venezia rinascimentale conoscevano i concetti di fisica acustica molto di più di quanto si potesse pensare sino a qualche tempo fa. Il contesto della Controriforma li fece consapevoli del potenziale che tale musica aveva nell’ispirare la devozione. Si cercherà di […]

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Interview with Ēriks Esenvalds

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AA: When did your career as a composer start? And later, in the course of your studies, did you realize that music was the path you would follow? EE: I was born in 1977 in an ordinary Soviet-era family in Latvia. My father was the Ambulance driver, but my mom was the music teacher at […]

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Medieval and Renaissance Polyphony

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In early polyphony FALSETTO singing played an important part, probably long before the technique was specifically described.  Jerome of Moravia’s 13th-century treatise Discantus positio vulgaris mentions three voice registers: vox pectoris, vox guttoris, and vox capitis (chest, throat and head registers).  Until the 19th century almost all mention of the vox capitis (later voce di […]

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Alterazioni scritte ed implicite nella Musica Corale del Rinascimento

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Fin dall’inizio dell’XI secolo i musicisti europei hanno avuto a loro disposizione tutto ciò che era necessario per segnare l’altezza delle note senza alcuna ambiguità. Nonostante ciò, i compositori di polifonia vocale sino alla fine del Rinascimento, ed anche oltre, non pensavano che avrebbero dovuto annotare ogni alterazione richiesta. Sapevano che alcune alterazioni potevano essere […]

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Dossier on the Renaissance Choral Music

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Dossier: The Renaissance in music occurred between 1450 and 1600. (Some historians place the beginning of the Renaissance as early as 1400.) As in the other arts, the horizons of music were greatly expanded. The invention of printing widened the circulation of music, too, and the number of composers and performers increased. In keeping with the Renaissance ideal […]

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Segnare lo spartito…

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Raramente vi sono dubbi circa l’importanza di evidenziare arpeggi e segni dinamici su una partitura per violino, sia in preparazione delle prove e sia per l’esecuzione di un brano orchestrale. Il tempo delle prove può essere sprecato se questo non viene fatto per nulla o non fatto con attenzione. Uno degli ultimi eminenti direttori d’orchestra […]

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The Twelve Old Modes

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The first eight modes were designated in the medieval era, as a way to classify pre-existing Gregorian chants. The next four were added by Glareanus in 1547. This gave way to our modern system of tonality, especially via the Ionian mode. The most important note of a mode is its “final” or the note on […]

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Italian Latin for choirs

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The Latin language developed as one of the dialects of the Italian Peninsula, in the area around Rome, in pre-Classical times. The other “Italic” dialects died out, but some influence on pronunciation remained, for instance, in the northwest region, Gallia Cisalpina, where the substratum was Celtic, as in transalpine Gaul. Regional dialects of Italian have […]

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Morten Lauridsen: anima e carisma.

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Morten Lauridsen è considerato uno dei più interessanti compositori americani contemporanei. I suoi brani figurano nel repertorio di molti cori e si caratterizzano per la cantabilità delle melodie e per l’aderenza ai testi. Il maestro conduce anche, impegni permettendo, una vita a contatto con la natura, nei boschi al confine tra gli Stati Uniti e […]

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Victoria’s Officium Defunctorum is the repertoire for the new Rimini Choral Workshop 2014

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Victoria’s Office of the Dead includes his second Requiem Mass, written for six-part choir. This music, often known simply as Victoria’s Requiem, has been regarded as some of his finest and one of the last great works in what we call the Renaissance polyphonic style. Its refined and dignified austerity is shot through with passionate conviction; […]

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Palestrina, Missa Papae Marcelli

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The story behind the composition of Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli is one of the most famous – and least proven – in music history. As the story goes, the liturgical politics of the day attacked the elaborately composed polyphonic masses that had been the norm of the great Renaissance composers. The councils of the Roman […]

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Performance Practice of the Renaissance Music

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Basic Assumptions Not only one way to perform music of this period; much freedom is allowed. Little or no distinction is found between instrumental and vocal styles; they are usually interchangeable. Need considerable knowledge of style, original instruments, etc. Involves use of new forms and timbres. Vocal Quality & Choral Singing Average choir consisted of […]

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Rimini International Choral Workshop

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Only few days are left from the beginning of the ‘Rimini International Choral Workshop’! Tutors, as usual, will be Peter Phillips (Tallis Scholars director), Ghislaine Morgan and me! It will be an excitement week in which the participants (and the tutors) will afford an entire repertoire by William Byrd, a catholic Renaissance composer at the […]

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Falsettists, Castratos and Sopranos…

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Falsettists, Castratos and Sopranos…The falsetto technique played a vital part in early polyphonic music, having appeared long before it was described in formal treatises or employed in Renaissance musical performances. As far back as the 13th century, Jerome of Moravia, in his Discantus position vulgaris, mentioned three types of vocal register: ‘vox pectoris’ (chest register), […]

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G.P. Da Palestrina: Missa Brevis

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The Missa Brevis first appeared in Palestrina’s Third Book of Masses (1570) and in all probability was written about the year 1558. The thematic origin of this mass is not entirely understood. There are indications that it could be based on a theme from Audi Filia, a mass by Claude Joudimal (1510-1572). There are other […]

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