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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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Moral Guidance in Miniature in Late Eighteenth-Century Vienna

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 3:35:07 PM America/Chicago

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By David J. Buch

The research that resulted in A-R Editions’ publication of the Liedersammlung für Kinder und Kinderfreunde am Clavier (1791; C095), the collection for which Mozart wrote his last three songs (K. 596–98), was personally gratifying in several ways. What started in the late 1990s as an attempt to identify the eleven named composers of the sixty songs in these two volumes devoted to the spring and winter seasons (entitled Frühlingslieder and Winterlieder, respectively) led to the discovery of the identity of editor of the collection, Placidus Partsch. Composed by Mozart, Wenzel Müller, Johann Baptist Wanhal, and other Viennese composers of the late eighteenth century, the songs bring to mind the style characteristics of contemporary popular Viennese comic opera and cover a wide spectrum of technical abilities and ranges.

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Teaching bel canto in the Parisian Salon

Friday, September 11, 2015 9:41:49 AM America/Chicago

By Teresa Radomski

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Manuel del Pópulo Vicente Rodríguez García (b. 1775, Seville; d. 1832, Paris) is widely recognized as one of opera history’s greatest tenors. Although his place in history has been secured by his renown as a performer and teacher, he was also an extremely prolific composer; his five chamber operas, composed in 1830–31, effectively illustrate the ample artistic requirements of early nineteenth-century singers. Un avvertimento ai gelosi, a one-act farsa giocosa with a small cast and piano accompaniment, was composed as a teaching piece for García’s students and features a humorous plot, charming arias, virtuosic fireworks, and a wide variety of dazzling ensembles that will still delight today’s singers and audiences.

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