“The Cantigas de Santa Maria is one of the major monuments of the European medieval culture. It consists of a vast, strictly organized collection of devotional songs in Galician-Portuguese (419 cantigas), in praise of the Virgin Mary or narrating miracles attributed to her…” The Notation Of The Cantigas De Santa Maria: Diplomatic Edition
A look into Marc Busnel’s process for his recreation of the great choral book of Obrecht’s Scaramella Mass.
Scaramella : conception du grand livre de chœur
Use Google Chrome for a translated version of the French text.
The National Lutheran Choir performing Kim André Arnesen’s “Holy Spirit Mass” at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.
Written by Brandon Woller.
500 Years Later, the Reformation Is Still Creating Music
MINNEAPOLIS — Lutheran congregants, I’ve learned, sing long and loud. They belt every verse of every hymn with all their hearts. And such was Martin Luther’s intent: that a congregation should participate actively and fully in worship services.
“This exhibition, drawn from the collections of nine major cultural institutions gathered in the Europeana Sounds project, offers a selection of machines that illustrate a wide range of techniques and technologies.”
This exhibition includes recording and playing machines such as: wax and cylinder disks, shellac and vinyl disks, radios and more.
Recording and Playing Machines
Written by Adam Shatz
A new suite for string quartet weds Western and Arabic music with intelligence, integrity, and feeling.
“…The inspiration for Free Palestine came from the Old City of Jerusalem, which King visited in 2011 while touring with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. He wandered into a Palestinian cafe, ordered a mint tea, and listened to the men around him…”
Read Adam Shatz’s take on John King’s “Free Palestine.”
A World of Shared Ecstasy
Written by Margot Singer
“Learning to play the piano as a kid, I was not especially fond of Bach. I loved Beethoven, Schubert, Dvorák, Brahms. Bach, on the other hand, hurt my head…”
Can a Novel be a Fugue?
Margot Singer’s novel, Underground Fugue, was published in April. Her story collection, The Pale of Settlement, won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, and an Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award.