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A fiesta cantada for the Spanish Court . . . and Beyond

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


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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Hidden Treasures of Jewish Song from the Pale of Settlement

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

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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The Uniquely Expressive Timbre of the Early Trombone

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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