Something for the weekend!
What they've said…
'What? This is terrible! You mean I've been missing all this adulation!'
Conductor Sir Andrew Davis is told by BBC Music Magazine he has 179 friends on Facebook
Questionable CD covers:
In our mailbag this week: oiseaux exotique or foul fowl?
On this day…
In 1952 Richard Strauss's opera Die Liebe der Danae was premiered at the Salzburg Festival, eight years after the intended world premiere at the same festival was cancelled. On that occasion, on 16 August 1944, a public dress rehearsal of the demanding opera was given instead, attended by an ailing Strauss. After hearing the rehearsal, he reportedly retreated to his dressing room holding the full score of the opera and said, 'When I make my way up there [pointing to heaven], I hope they'll forgive me if I bring this along too.'
Tune in to Radio 4 this Saturday for a musical quest to unpick the codes of a beautiful 11th-century manuscript, the Winchester Troper. This tiny book, belonging to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, offers evidence that the English were pioneers of musical notation long before the arrival of staves. Scribblings by a cantor in the troper record polyphony, the use of two-part harmony, two centuries before it was previously thought to have appeared in manuscript form. Francis Fyfield explores the tale of the Winchester Troper, aided by Professor Susan Rankin and the French performer Dominique Vellard.