EMA Publishes Winter 2008 Edition of Early Music America Magazine

21 Nov 2008

(SEATTLE, WA) Early Music America has published the Winter 2009 issue of its quarterly publication, Early Music America magazine. Call 1-888-SACKBUT or email info@earlymusic.org now to request a complimentary copy.


Notes for a Haydn Anniversary
Once regarded as the cutting edge for period instrument performances, the music of Joseph Haydn is now a staple of the historical performance repertoire. With concerts throughout the U.S. this season observing the anniversary of Haydn’s death (1809), Early Music America presents material written in connection with two recent concerts of special interest.

Is this Mozart?
This article explores the claim by Canadian musicologist Cliff Eisen that the subject of a Viennese portrait from the mid-1780s is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Playing in China
Masayuki Maki, a pianist and harpsichordist from Japan and current student at the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, recounts his experience last summer introducing Baroque music to eager students and audiences in China.

Excerpt: “Because I introduced each piece of music before I started playing, the audience responded to it as not only a concert but also an introduction to Baroque music. Several newspapers reported the concert as a pioneering event in China.”

Europe’s Best-Preserved Historic Organ Re-created at Eastman School of Music
A replica of Europe’s best-preserved late-Baroque organ was inaugurated on October 16 during the seventh annual Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative Festival in Rochester, New York.

Excerpt: “’This has been a revolutionary project,’ said Hans Davidsson, who directed and oversaw construction and installation of the organ and who personally oversaw the dismantling and study of the original Casparini organ. ‘We have recaptured lost knowledge, revived the past, and used old methods of craftsmanship since lost as a consequence of industrialization.’”

Also in this issue: “Art off the Beaten Track: Barcelona” by Anthony Rowland-Jones; “Early Music Broadcasts Itself on YouTube” by Grant Colburn.

Plus Recording Reviews, Book Reviews, and Sound Bytes (news from the field).

About Early Music America
Early Music America serves and strengthens the early music community in North America and raises public awareness of early music. EMA was founded in 1985 and provides its 3,000 members with publications, advocacy, and technical support. EMA publishes the quarterly magazine Early Music America. “Early music” includes western music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods, performed on period instruments in historically-informed styles. For more information, contact Early Music America at 206-720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT, or visit our web site at www.earlymusic.org.

Maria Coldwell, Executive Director
206-720-6270; fax 206-720-6290