PIANOLA: PORTRAIT OF A MUSICAL WONDER Its ancestors For centuries; the ability to enjoy music without the effort of learning the associated necessary techniques has been a chief motivation for many inventors, inspiring them to create different forms of music mechanization. The treatise La Tonotechnie ou l'art de noter les cylinders, written in 1775 by the Augustinian monk Domingo Engranelle, shows evidence of this motivation. His work served as a theoretical fundament for several subsequent inventions, including the mechanical instruments that preceded the pianola. Several of t...+ info
Orchestra of the Renaissance
Conductor: Richard Cheetham
"Ave Maris Stella" Music to the blessed Virgin from Seville Cathedral (ca. 1470-1550) Seville —recovered from the Moors in November 1248 by forces led by Ferdinand III of Castile and Leon— reached the summit of its commercial, literary, and artistic glories during the 16th and 1 7th centuries. The most populous city in the peninsula, it enjoyed a monopoly on trade with the Americas and served as the exclusive embarkation point for passengers to the Spanish-American colonies. The unsurpassed cathedral of Seville, a fitting rival for Sr. Peter's at Rome, not only provid...+ info
Ars Longa de la Habana
Conductor: Teresa Paz
The life and works of Pedro Bermúdez (1574-1604), one of the most important polyphonists of the first century of Spanish domination in the New World, can be described in one word: pilgrimage. Whilst still an adolescent preparing to take minor ecclesiastical orders, Jaén Cathedral enlisted/hired/employed him, in September 1574 as one of their four paid choir boy/servers. Before the end of the year, the young singer requested two weeks leave and travelled to Granada, his birthplace, to receive orders from the crown. He did not return. 8 years later, in the ordination ceremony celeb...+ info
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