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Featured Collection: Emanuel Aloys Förster's String Quartets

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:56:20 PM America/Chicago

Emanuel Aloys Förster: String Quartets, Opp. 7, 16, and 21

By Nancy November

The name of Emanuel Aloys Förster (1748–1823) comes up with some frequency when one researches Beethoven’s string quartets, yet Förster’s own quartets are no longer part of the standard chamber music repertoire, nor are they much discussed by musicologists. This neglect stems partly from the fact that only three of Förster’s string quartets were available in score until recently. But it also reflects the fact that his works have invariably been considered solely in comparison with Beethoven’s string quartets. These three editions, comprising the eighteen quartets published during Förster’s lifetime (opp. 7, 16, and 21, featuring six quartets each), aim to bring this important composer back to the notice of performers and scholars.

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Featured Publication: Incidental Music by John Eccles

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 1:58:46 PM America/Chicago

John Eccles: Incidental Music, Part 1: Plays A–F

By Amanda Eubanks Winkler

B190 CoverJohn Eccles was one of the most popular composers working for the Restoration-era London stage, second only to Henry Purcell, with whom he briefly worked in 1693–95. Judging from contemporary reports, Eccles’s music often surpassed Purcell’s in terms of its crowd-pleasing qualities. Although he did write for professionals, Eccles spent most of his time composing for actor-singers, expertly devising music that suited their talents. Eccles gave his collaborators the space to add their own expression, which made his songs tremendously effective in the theater—even if they do not always reward modern musicologists keen on analysis.

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Featured Publication: Palestina by Leo Zeitlin

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 4:14:04 PM America/Chicago

Leo Zeitlin: Palestina

By Paula Eisenstein Baker

It is two weeks before Rosh Hashanah 1929, the Jewish New Year, and the movie show is about to start at the Capitol, one of New York’s huge “picture palaces.” Over the decade, the more than 5,000-seat Broadway theater has often programmed a minor work on Jewish motives to acknowledge the Jewish holidays, but this year, their choice is more ambitious: conductor Yasha Bunchuk raises his baton, and the eighty-man Capitol Grand Orchestra opens the program with Leo Zeitlin’s Palestina. The piece received both critical and popular acclaim, hailed by reviewers as “exotically descriptive” and “a new number . . . that is appreciated”: “once more,” one wrote, “[conductor] Yascha [Bunchuk] overworks the traps and the brass to the delight of Capitol payees.” The theater repeated Palestina in November 1929, in April of the following year (in honor of Passover), and again for the High Holy Days in September 1930 and September 1931.

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New Publication: Music for Silent Film

Friday, August 12, 2016 2:44:20 PM America/Chicago

 Music for Silent Film: A Guide to North American Resources

 by Kendra Preston Leonard

 IB039   (2016)     ISBN: 978-0-89579-835-0 

Music for Silent Film: A Guide to North American Resources is a unique resource on North American archives and English-language materials available in for those interested in this repertoire. Part I contains information about archives of primary source materials including full and compiled scores, sheet music, published anthologies of music, interviews with cinema musicians, periodicals, and instruction books. Part II surveys the English-language scholarship on silent film music in articles, book chapters, essay collections, and monographs through 2015.

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New Publication: Marcello--Cassandra

Friday, July 29, 2016 3:15:45 PM America/Chicago

Benedetto Marcello: Cassandra

Edited by Talya Berger

B192 Full Score (2016)   ISBN: 978-0-89579-838-1

Benedetto Marcello’s Cassandra was composed in 1727 to a poem by Antonio Conti written at Marcello’s request. Cassandra is a large-scale dramatic cantata for solo alto voice with unfigured basso continuo for the harpsichord. The cantata was not published in Marcello’s lifetime and describes the events of the last years of Trojan War, as told by the prophetess Cassandra. Unique in its formal design, the cantata blends arioso sections with recitatives and arias. The expressive vocal line conveys grief, rage, terror, and happiness, and demands vocal agility and technical command from the singer. Cassandra was among the most popular of Marcello’s cantatas during the eighteenth century and continued to be performed regularly up to forty years after it was composed.

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Featured Publication: Celos aun del aire matan

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 1:03:25 PM America/Chicago

Juan Hidalgo: Celos aun del aire matan

By Louise K. Stein

Celos aun del aire matan (Jealousy, even of the air, kills), by the composer Juan Hidalgo (1614–85) and the dramatist Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600–1681), is the first extant opera in Spanish and the most significant musical-theatrical work to survive from the vibrant culture of the Spanish siglo de oro. Written to commemorate the marriage of the Infanta María Teresa to Louis XIV of France, Celos transformed the ancient myth of Cephalus and Procris so that chastity is dethroned by the power of womanly desire, while tragic consequences unfold when marital harmony is disturbed by neglect and jealousy.

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Announcing Greenway Music Press

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 10:57:24 AM America/Chicago

logoA-R Editions is pleased to announce Greenway Music Press, its new sheet music imprint that will enrich and extend the classical music repertoire.

This new venture will allow A-R Editions to bring important but under-appreciated compositions to a larger audience.

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Featured Publication: Jewish Folk Songs from the Baltics

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 3:33:08 PM America/Chicago

Jewish Folk Songs from the Baltics
By Kevin C. Karnes

In a magazine essay of 1933, the Latvian folk music collector Emilis Melngailis writes of a remarkable collection of over 120 Jewish folk songs, in Yiddish and Hebrew, that he and helpers transcribed in and around the Kovno town of Keidan. Adorning his transcriptions with photographs, he explained, he donated the collection to the Imperial Geographical Society in St. Petersburg when he returned to that city in the fall.

Although the collection subsequently disappeared from the society’s archives amidst the chaos of the October Revolution, more recent research in the Archives of Latvian Folklore and in Riga’s Museum of Literature and Music has brought to light a wealth of material related to Melngailis’s collecting projects, from field notes and photographs to transcriptions of songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian, and Latvian. This music is published for the first time in Jewish Folk Songs from the Baltics, enabling us to study and sound anew songs and dances performed in the historical Jewish communities of this region.

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Featured Publication: Seventeenth-Century Italian Motets with Trombones

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 1:07:57 PM America/Chicago

Seventeenth-Century Italian Motets with Trombone

By D. Linda Pearse

The exact specification of instruments gained momentum in the final decades of the sixteenth century in Italy and early decades of the seventeenth. Trombones, in particular, were increasingly specified and were often used interchangeably with voices. The early Italian motets in this edition contain parts explicitly designated for trombones and document this tendency toward naming particular instruments and composing idiomatic parts for them. Of the more than hundred works that were identified, the nineteen works in this edition were chosen for the variety of textures and compositional styles represented, as well as for their inherent beauty.

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Anthology Board Announcement

Friday, January 22, 2016 10:23:28 AM America/Chicago

A-R Editions Announces Its New Editorial Board for the
Online Music Anthology Text Component

A-R Editions announces the formation of its new editorial board for the A-R Online Music Anthology. The Editorial Board will focus on texts that will augment the music already available digitally and which will differ from conventional surveys as a customizable, multi-author resource that instructors can use to build coursepacks for music history and theory classes.

The editorial board includes the following musicologists and music librarians:

James P. Cassaro (University of Pittsburgh)
Jane Gottlieb (The Juilliard School)
L. Michael Griffel (The Juilliard School)
Mark McKnight (University of North Texas)
James Parsons (Missouri State University)
Jennifer Thomas (University of Florida)
Marian Wilson Kimber (University of Iowa)

James L. Zychowicz, director of the Special Projects Division of A-R Editions, leads the editorial board. A-R is pleased to work with the outstanding individuals on this Board.

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