New on Early Music Studio's Website
- A Bouquet of Elizabethan Ballad Tunes--four pieces arranged
for 7-course lute, by Dowland and Byrd, have been added to the tablatures
- New instruments and sound samples added to Instruments for Sale. The
instruments are: a Spanish Baroque guitar, a terz guitar, a 7-course
bass lute, an 11-course early baroque lute, a 6-course Renaissance lute,
and a German-style 13-course baroque lute.
- The London Erard 1867 is sold to a happy buyer from Illinois.
Recent additions to the tablatures include new additions
to the volume of Czech lute music (Dix, Jelinek), a collated suite by
Johann Anton Logy, and Six Sonatas paraphrased for the Six-Course guitar
(playable on the modern classical guitar) in modern guitar tablature.
Music by Soler, Rodriguez, Mateo Albeniz and Scarlatti's K. 208. These
versions are considerably easier to play than most modern transcriptions
of these pieces and far easier to read. A Foreword essay contains information
about the music, the tablature, and a discussion of the guitar's music
in the 18th century. There's a picture of my new Pages six-course guitar,
- Three new multi-movement works from the 18th century
have been added to the tablatures: a suite in A major by Aureo Dix (died
c. 1720) of Prague, a suite by Benedictine monk and organist in G major
tuning by Ivan Jelinek of Brno, and a three movement Sonata for 13-course
lute by Karl Kohaut, a Czech who worked in Vienna. The latter is a delightful
and challenging work in the style of Haydn, while the Dix and Jellinek,
for 11-course lute, are tuneful and interesting works of moderate difficulty.
- Two new instruments, a 7-course bass lute in D built
in 1991, and a terz guitar (in G), built in 1997 have been added to
the Instruments for Sale. The Cocho five-course guitar has been sold
to a happy new owner in Japan.
- The Big Bach Lutebook is now complete with the addition
of the C major Violin Sonata BWV 1005. Give that 355 measure Fuga a
try. It is truly a masterpiece.
- The Big Bach Lutebook in three volumes, BWV 995-1012
has been added to the Tablatures page.
- "Beethoven's Piano: The 200th Anniversary of a
Great Instrument. Concert Nov. 7 at the Kelowna Art Gallery. Susan Adams
plays music by Beethoven and Haydn on an 1809 Broadwood Grand. see Concert
- Two Baroque Guitars and an Erard Grand piano added
to the Instruments for Sale page
- The inaugural concert
of the 1809 Broadwood grand pianoforte has been set for November 4 2007
at 7:30. See a complete press release and photo essay about the restoration
on the Concert Info page.
- A new Testimonials
page has been added, in which we convey our customer's comments about
downloads and instruments they have purchased.
- Streamling of the
Instrument Gallery, which now includes supersizeable photos, high quality
sound samples for each instrument, and an accompanying essay--all on
- A new button on
the main menu, Concert Info, gives visitors detailed information
about the time, date and content of Early Music Studio's Kelowna concert
- Fall Newsletter:
The Broadwood Restoration in Photos, a filmstrip of images collected
from the 14 month restoration of a Broadwood grand, no. 4553 from 1809,
restored by Marinus van Prattenburg for the Early Music Studio keyboard
- The Italian
Package: Susan Adams plays Italian-influenced music by Arne, Bach,
Scarlatti and Byrd on an Italian harpsichord after an anonymous instrument
at the Smithsonian by John Secker (see photo gallery on Period Instruments).
Also available as individual downloads on the main list.
- "The Titmuss
Papers", a collection of essays of genealogical interest about
the Titmuss family, compiled and edited by Maurice Titmuss.
- A 1913 Steinway
B, Serial No. 163818, completely restored, renovated, rebuilt and re-finished
by Marinus van Prattenburg is added to the Instruments for Sale page.
Contact Marinus directly at 250-767-2300, or through his website, www.earlypianos.com.
- We are always looking
at ways to improve the presentation and service of our boutique website.
We recently designed theme-oriented packages of downloads that we feel
reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed by too many choices.
Rather than having
to make a selection from a bewildering array of music, we pre-selected
assemblies of music that we feel goes together.
Each of the packages
is about 30 to 35 minutes in length and any of the pieces may be auditioned
in a sample, as with the main list. The packages are ideal for loading
up your MP3 player with unique music with little fuss, and the cost
is very competitive.
The price is $9.99
CAD, c. $8.62 USD, 7.09 Euros, 4.94 GBP, 1007.23 Japanese Yen, 68.61
of the packages are:
- The Romantic:
Slow melody that moves you
- Elegant Entertaining:
Doesn't intrude, but you know it's there
- Commuting or
Travelling: Ceaseless motion, but somehow calming
Melodic emphasis, falling motion, slow harmony
- For Students:
Frequently requested pieces, études, music that teaches
Lover's Choice: Often played and requested, showing off the sound
- Lute Lover's
Choice: Often played and requested, virtuoso works
- Piano Lover's
Choice: Music that flatters the piano's unique voice
- Mourning and
Remembering: The Tombeau is a traditional lamentation piece among
composers for the lute and harpsichord.
- Music for the
Brain: Contrapuntal pieces that work like musical puzzles-find the
- Another new feature
is a photo collage and "twenty questions" on the About Us
page, with lots of embarrassing publicity photographs from the early
years of the Early Music Studio.
- The Spring Newsletter
continues the story of the restoration of the 1809 Broadwood grand,
with an account of French polishing and a letter to a beginning lute
Newsletter: Restoring the 1809 Broadwood; Restoring a 1966 Hans Jordan
theorboed head lute; Recording Vihuela Music. See the Newsletter Archive
- Mp3 Titling: In
recognition of the fact that this month Apple announced that it has
to date sold 43 million iPod media/mp3 players, our 128 kbps mp3 downloads
are now tagged with title, artist, composer, genre, recording date,
album title, and complete notes as they appear on our website.
- Ten masterpieces
for vihuela by Narvaez, Milan and Mudarra added to the Downloads.
- This music was
recorded on one of the new vihuelas, on the Instruments For Sale page.
- Recorded at St.
Joseph's-in-the-Vineyard in Penticton, B.C. by producer/composer/pianist
Stu Goldberg (www.stugoldberg.com).
- Little Red Hat
conveys seasonal greeting!
- New Visitor/Customer
Survey; Win a free CD!
- Early Music Store
Button clearly describes our products
Newletter, The Broadwood Story, Building Vihuelas, Bechy's Facelift
- Six-course vihuela
by Clive Titmuss added to instruments for sale, with description and
- Photo essay Building
Vihuelas, under Period Instruments
- Pieces in B minor
from the Prague MS KK80, a typeset "facsimile" of the orginal,
with a foreword, edited by Clive Titmuss
- New Homepage with
new look, animation and improved indexing buttons. The image on the
upper left is a new 11-course lute, May 2005 by Clive Titmuss.
- Build Your Own
CD feature. Select up to 65 minutes of tracks you like. If you choose
more music a second CD will automatically start. We'll write a customized
and labelled CD and mail it to you. Use our convenient and secure online
PayPal payment option.
- Buy CDs feature.
Buy three of our CDs with booklet, jewel case, cover art and accompanying
photos of artists and instruments.
- Free Featured Download.
Every few months we feature a new item.
- Premium Samples
for each category, Lute and Guitar, Harpsichord, Piano, Music for Two.
Higher resolution 160 kps, 60 second sample.
- Higher quality
and longer samples for each piece.
- Notes are incorporated
into the list, so you can read while sampling. Your browsing location
on the list of samples is automatically bookmarked
- FAQ page that
answers your questions about downloading, our instruments and many other
New in February
- Ordres (Suites)
21, 23 and 25 by François Couperin, French Suite No. 5 in G major
by J. S. Bach, played on a double-manual French harpsichord by F. Hubbard
of Boston, 1980
- Suites in C minor
and F minor by Esias Reusner played on an 11-course lute modelled after
Pietro Raillich, Venice 1640's
- Suites in C major
and F major by Esias Reusner played on an 11-course lute modelled after
Martin Hofmann, Leipzig 1690's, Reusner suites from Delititiae Testitudinis
(1667). Both lutes made by Clive Titmuss
- Music for Antique
Classical Guitar: Pavane pour une Infante Défunte by
Maurice Ravel, Homenaje: Tombeau pour Claude Debussy by Manuel
de Falla, Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tárrega,
played on a Stauffer-style adjustable action guitar by Hermann Hauser,
- New photographs
of the instruments used for the music on the site, with accompanying
essays about them, their musical characteristics, historical and technical
descriptions. Photos by Kyle Poirier.
- Detailed programme
notes about all the music on the site.
New in January,
- A newsletter subscription
sign-up, news about the artists, instruments, recording, listening,
music in general.
New in November
- 160 Pages of Lute,
Theorbo and Vihuela/Guitar Tablatures of music by J. S. Bach (including
arrangements of the six suites for cello), S. L. Weiss, Venegas de Henestrosa,
Louis Couperin, Georg Muffat, Dietrich Buxtehude. The music is edited,
intabulated and arranged by Clive Titmuss.
New in October
- Sonata in E-flat
by J. C. Bach, Sonata in E-flat by J. Haydn, Six Variations on an Allegretto
by W. A. Mozart. Played on a Viennese fortepiano after Stein by Johannes