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Announcements / IMSLP Journal
« on: November 09, 2010, 11:02:55 am »

I've been involved in helping establish an online Journal for the wonderful IMSLP.

IMSLP Journal

Any IMSLP user or contributor can write for it in any area covered by the (wide) remit. It covers "classical music, the arts, culture, pop-culture, and politics as it relates to classical music."

It's early days but the Journal's getting a good hit rate so articles won't just sink without trace. They also tend to appear high on Google. The whole thing's non-profit and backed by IMSLP big-wigs.

If anyone on R3OK would like to put pen to paper, you'd be so welcome. Just follow the submission process here, or post to this thread, or PM me here.


I'm involved in publishing a new performing edition of Telemann's keyboard fantasias which I thought might interest some R3OKers. There's a lot of them  :D - three books of twelve per book - the first and third books in the Italian style, the second in the French. Telemann published them himself in 1733-4. A taster here: Nos 1 & 2 from Bk2 played by Prof John Butt.

Nos 1-17 available here (free, legal, downloadable). They're being published at the rate of about two per week.


What a find. Imagine how he felt when he opened the folder and there it was. I can't wait to hear it performed: a 'new' work for five eight part choirs  - yes, that's ten normal choirs - from the heart of the Medici Renaissance, trumpeting the end of the dark ages! Utterly fabulous.

News and Current Affairs / A Great Reform Parliament?
« on: May 17, 2009, 08:27:25 am »
Henry Porter writing in today's Observer:

One fear being murmured among the opposition benches last week is the prospect of a loose-knit party consisting of well-known national and local figures of irreproachable character (on the lines of Joanna Lumley and Dr Richard Taylor who has represented Wyre Forest) who could stand on a non-partisan ticket of parliamentary and constitutional reform, aiming to return power to the people and their representatives.

Founding a party is harder than designing an airliner at short notice, but...

The Porter Manifesto:

  • a reduction in the number of MPs
  • all expenses to be recorded in public within two months of being incurred
  • all meetings with lobbyists entered into an open record
  • Ministers barred from taking a job with companies that have dealings with their former or related department
  • committee chairs to be chosen by MPs, not selected by whips
  • an all-party authority to control whips and ensure the free expression of an MP's conscience
  • minimum debating time for major bills
  • more scrutiny of secondary legislation, especially that which involves rights, privacy and liberty
  • stricter limits on government patronage and special advisers
  • a written constitution and an entrenched bill of rights
  • proportional representation

Would the good people of R3OK vote for such a programme at a UK general election in c. twelve months (or earlier, maybe much earlier)? What else would you add to the list? An elected second chamber? Whom, apart from the sainted Lumley and Taylor, would you send to a Great Reform Parliament?

Finally, imagine the pitter-pat of your heart, the lifting of your spirits, the deep, fierce, life-affirming joy of watching TV on election night and seeing the expression on sitting MPs faces as, one after the other, they're handed their 'Portillo moment.'

Music Through The Ages / Musical Graffiti
« on: February 06, 2009, 03:36:23 pm »
Any more examples?

N.B. R3OK members are neither encouraged nor discouraged to go out at night with a spray can in St John's Wood when they should be watching their Birtwistle DVDs.

Broadcast and Recorded Music / Oh my poor splitting sides
« on: January 28, 2009, 10:14:32 am »
A requiem composed by the market itself using Microsoft's "Songsmith".

[Stolen shamelessly from another forum (thanks Mischa )

The Concert Hall / Perlman chastises audience
« on: January 22, 2009, 10:37:35 am »
Perlman played the French composer’s [Messiaen's] Theme and Variations, written in 1932, not once but twice in the second half of his program. “I’m telling you, it’s a terrific piece,” he said, and then suggested that he and pianist Rohan de Silva might repeat it.

But first he had to gently upbraid the audience for its initial lukewarm response to the relatively brief work, which ends with a long diminuendo that expires at the bottom of the violin and piano registers. “Tell me something:  Was it really that bad that half of you didn’t want to clap?” Perlman said, then advised them on good concert manners, which involves applause even after you hear something you don’t like.


I rather like the idea of musicians instructing audiences to pull their socks up. They could regularly stop playing and point at some old dear in the back row: "You! Yes you! When you've quite finished stuffing your face with boiled sweets would you mind listening to the concert?"


* Get your finger out! *

Suggestions / Let's choose a favicon
« on: December 03, 2008, 10:01:29 am »
A favicon! I sugggest a hammer and sickle paired with a nice Meerschaum pipe.

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