MusicaMail of June 19, 2014

Dear lovers of choral music,

Contents of this newsletter:

1) Forthcoming Musica sessions
2) Glad news and sad news
3) Latest statistics for the Musica database
4) New member of Musica International
5) HIGHLIGHTED FEATURE: Global Privileged Access to musicanet.org


1) Forthcoming Musica sessions

Two Musica sessions (workshops) are scheduled for the coming autumn:

- 20-24 October at the Faculty of Music, University of Montreal (Canada) http://www.musicanet.org/en/workshop_canada_en.php

- 3-8 November at the Institute of Phonetics, University of Strasbourg (France) http://www.musicanet.org/en/workshop_strasbourg_en.php

These sessions are for anyone wishing to contribute more to the project of to better benefit from it. For example, composers or publishers might choose to input their scores, music librarians to reference (and display) their holdings in the Musica database, or choral directors to reference their favorite pieces if not input.

2) Glad news and sad news

Since the last MusicaMail in December 2013, there have been three key events in the life of Musica International.

Glad news

For distinguished services to choral music, the French Minister of Culture has appointed Jean Sturm, Executive Director of Musica, to the rank of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. This national honor, which is rare in the field of choral music, was primarily awarded in recognition of the Musica project, of which Jean was the founder and has been the tireless linchpin for over thirty years. The award was made on 7 June by Catherine Trautmann, former French Minister of Culture, in the presence of representatives of many choral organisations, among them the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), the European Choral Association (ECA-EC), A Coeur Joie, the Franco-German Choral Federation, Mission Voix Alsace... More at http://www.musicanet.org/en/awardjs.php

Sad news

We regret to announce the passing of two major figures of the choral music life, both of whom had a significant impact on Musica International.

Dolf Rabus left us on 18 December 2013 after a long illness. Dolf was a member of the Board of Musica International and had previously served as President for two years. In his final months he showed redoubled enthusiasm for Musica, and he had been hoping to take part, with his wife Hildegard, in the Strasbourg session in October 2013. Sadly his failing health prevented him from fulfilling this wish. We shall always be grateful for Dolf's commitment to tangible progress for the Musica project, and for his ability to persuade several major choral organisations of the need for membership.

Monique Lesenne passed away on 16 January 2014. A stalwart and leading presence at so many major international choral events, Monique had always been an unfailing supporter of Musica. Among her achievements was the organisation in 2003 of a Musica session in Ghent, which was attended by Vic Nees and many others.

=> The Flemish composer Rudi Tas has written an Ave Maria dedicated to the memory of Dolf and Monique. You can download the score, free of charge, at http://www.musicanet.org/pdf/Ave.pdf. The same page has a full biography of both of these friends, who are sorely missed.

3) Latest statistics for the Musica database

Today Musica International contains details of 167 199 choral scores, 29 672 composers, 13 316 authors of text and 2 240 publishers, everything in four languages. Videos or audio extracts "by a good choir" have been attached to 20 037 records, while 57 074 records have a full-text link and 30 308 link to a French translation. Whether you are a composer, a music publisher, a music librarian or have some other role, we invite you to add your own details to the online database (http://www.musicanet.org/en/index.php?p=musica_v6), or you could even do so at a Musica session under the guidance of our staff (see point 1).

4) New member of Musica International

A very warm welcome to Schott Music, as a new active member! Work is under way to provide inputs in Musica to titles in their catalogue which are not already referenced.

5) HIGHLIGHTED FEATURE: Global Privileged Access to musicanet.org

Users of musicanet.org can obtain a great many additional functions, and bypass all the restrictions on the site, by taking out privileged access. One way to receive such access is to make a donation. At present, privileged access can be expanded to all the members of a federation which becomes a member of Musica International. Why not ask your federation to contact us (at office@musicanet.org) with a view to membership so you too can take advantage of this group offer?

Best regards,

The Musica International team
office@musicanet.org
http://www.musicanet.org
Translation: Tom Everett

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