Music

Classical composers, music manuscripts and correspondence

Notation can be seen as the foundation of the creative output in classical music. Music autographs, manuscripts and sketches manage to give an insight into the composer’s mind and a glimpse to his way of thinking.

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Voices from the past still echo today

While visiting the various regions of France, one might wonder what he might have heard in those places a century ago.

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The song legacy of Scottish-Irish Migration

Among the great many cultural connections between Ireland and Scotland, the mutual influence of each nation’s musical and singing traditions on the other is perhaps one of the most interesting. As a case in point, below are some archival examples which point to the legacy of people travelling back and forward between the two countries, […]

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We’d music sweet to shake our feet: festivals and fair-days in the Irish music tradition

This is the 2nd blog by the Irish Traditional Music Archive. Previously published is The Cat that Ate the Candle and the Ewe with the Crooked Horn.  See also ‘No bees, no honey; no work, no money’ – an introduction to Scottish work songs by Tobar an Dualchais in Schotland. Irish people are often noted for their friendliness […]

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‘No bees, no honey; no work, no money’ – an introduction to Scottish work songs

Work songs were commonplace in Scotland for hundreds of years and, whatever the activity, there would be a song to accompany it and match the speed at which it was being undertaken.

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‘Miss Mousie’s Ball’ and ‘The ewe with the crooked horn’: animal-related songs and tunes from the Irish music tradition

This blog post was originally released on the Europeana Sounds blog. After a nice journey through Europeana Sounds items related to goats , let’s continue our series on animals and sounds with some fascinating resources held by the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA).

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Confessions of the last zournas-player in northern Greece

This blog post was first released on the Europeana Sounds website. During the field-research carried out in the prefecture of Evros in 1996 for the “Thrace” programme of the Music Library of Greece, only one zournas-player was located and recorded. His name was Arif Karatza and he was born in Kyani in 1923 and lived […]

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The oldest existing Danish sound records

A collection of wax cylinders on the shelves at Statsbiblioteket is called the Ruben Collection. As a young man Gottfried Moses Ruben started working in his father’s men’s fashion wear shop but that wasn’t young Ruben’s dream job. No – he wanted to see the world. He went first to Portugal. Then three years later […]

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Fighting for new music? Gustav Mahler and the Second Viennese School

Today, the world knows Gustav Mahler primarily as a composer. During his lifetime at the beginning of the 20th century this was all quite different. Mahler in the first place was known as an internationally respected conductor, while his own work as a composer was not much recognized for a long time …

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Gustav Mahler and the Vienna Court Opera

The Vienna Court Opera was the carefully planned highlight of Gustav Mahler’s career as a conductor. On the 11th of May, 1897 he debuted initially as a chapelmaster with Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin” (with Hermann Winkelmann as Lohengrin and Louise Ehrenstein as Elsa). Half a year later, on 8 October, he became the director of the Vienna […]

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One man’s mass production of opera

Around 170 dramatic secular and 40 dramatic sacred works: this is the number of works that Italian composer Antonio Draghi created over the course of 30 years. He is said to have written around 6 operas per year on average – with a creative peak of 11 operas in 1685 alone. In the two collections of the music […]

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The Latvian “nightingale” Elfrīda Pakule

Historical sound recordings are treasures that, since the end of 19th century, inform us about musical life, about performers and about musical interpretation. We would like to tell you about one of the great 20th century Latvian opera voices, a coloratura soprano, whose recording legacy is a powerful witness to her remarkable voice.

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How are vinyl records made?

In the French cult film “Amélie” the young heroine imagines how a record is created: like making a crepe, you pour a liquid substance onto a hot, circular surface and smooth out the “batter” of the record with a wooden stick. Finally you apply the paper label firmly in the middle. And the record is […]

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Travelling through Mongolia with two gramophones

Enjoy a guest post by Sabine Schostag, Statsbiblioteket, edited by Imogen Greenhalgh. A version of this post appeared first on February 4, 2016 on Europeana Sounds blog. This is a story about Danish traveller and adventurer Henning Haslund-Christensen and his expeditions to Inner Mongolia. During his travels, Haslund-Christensen collected voices. In fact, this is the […]

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The cat that ate the candle and the ewe with the crooked horn

This blog post was originally released on the Europeana Sounds blog. After a nice journey through Europeana Sounds items related to goats , let’s continue our series on animals and sounds with some fascinating resources held by the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA).

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Sounds to celebrate Capricorn!

This is a guest post by Tom Miles from The British Library. This post appeared first on January 7, 2016 on Europeana Sounds blog. A happy new year to all of you. At Europeana Sounds we’ve just recently had another publication of metadata onto Europeana: we have now aggregated just shy of 200,000 records, very much on […]

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