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Frankfurt Book Fair, Day 3

by Virginio Sala
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My third day in Frankfurt was long and tiring – public transportation problems made the usual trip to the hotel in the outskirts of the city a smal nightmare: it took two hours more than usual, so now my concentration is faltering.

So, a short account of the day – an extended evaluation will be postponed to another day, after some rest.

Focal Press, an imprint of Elsevier, has a fair numberr of new titles in the media field. The most exciting is the third edition of Writing for Visual Media by Anthony Friedman, a book whrth looking at in detail in the future. Mix Smart: professional techniques fo the home studio is been published this month. Just published is the fourth edition of James Alburger’s The Art of Voice Acting: the art and business of performing for voice over. On the motion picture front: a new edition of Sheila Curran Bernard’s Documentary Storytelling and the fourth edition of David Lewis Yewdall’s Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound; a completely new entry is The Filmmaker’s Eye: Learning (and Breaking) the Rules of Cinematic Composition by Gustavo Mercado. I do not even try to list the many books about Photoshop and other graphics software (Focal Press offers good books, but the competition is tough).

Back to the German Hall and to classical music: DTV offers a new book about Gustav Mahler, written by Jens Malte Fischer – to be evaluated.

There were no more discoveries in this area – I was hoping for something more. I hope I missed something – otherwise, the report would be a little disappointing.

Although in a completely different field, it’s worth mentioning a really big book published by Taschen: 75 Years od DC Comics by Paul Levitz: 720 pages in 29 x 39,5 centimeters format, all in 4 colors, almost impossible to lift. Just for fun.

The interesting part of the afternoon was in the academical and technical publications hall, where I had a chance to see a presentation of the SMART technology on the whiteboard – the applications already available are really amazing. Martin Caren, Product Manager of Young Digital Planet, the Polish company that provided the demonstration, tld me that there are mostly products in the scientific area, for this tool. But I was wandering what could be done in the humanities, or in the music education…

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Frankfurt Book Fair, Day 2

by Virginio Sala
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I expected a few books about Franz Liszt, pending the 2011 anniversary, but I was in for a surprise: up to now, I found only one, not too surprisingly published by Schott, but surprisingly dedicated to the Italian years of his life: Franz Liszt. Die Jahre in Rom und Tivoli was written (in German) by Ernst Burger, pianist and writer based in Munich (and author of Robert Schumann. Eine Lebenschronik in Bildern und Documenten, published at the beginning of 2010). It is a large fomat book, lavishly illustrated (around 400 color and b/w illustrations) with a foreword and a CD of Sir Alfred Brendel, for a cover price of 49,95 Euros (in Germany). Anyway, Liszt was in Italy from 1861 to 1886, 25 years, so the book covers a good part of his life, and virtually all of his late works. The publisher emphasizes also the fact that the book gives an extended portrait of Rom in the nineteenth century, probably hoping to lure in not only the lovers of Liszt but also the lovers of Italy and of the Italian capital city. As an Italian, the idea can flatten me but I’m a little skeptical about the double target.

The birthday of Liszt was the 22nd of October, so there is more than one year for celebrating the virtuoso and the composer – and my grand tour of the Buchmesse is not yet complete (and probably something I missed).

Schott is of course a specialized publisher, and its new publications flyer has got something else for us (everything in German): Musik und Rhythmus. Grundlagen – Geschichte – Analyse [Music and Rhythm. Fundamentals, History, Analysis) by Peter Petersen, formerly author of a couple of books about Werner Henze; Die Ordung der Klänge. Eine Kulturgeschichte des Hörens [The order of Sounds. A cultural History of Hearing] by R. Murray Schafer, edited by Sabine Breitsamete, professor of Sound Design and Production at the Hochschule of Darmstadt, and a few titles in the “Serie Musik”, a very good paperback serie: Bartok. Leben und Werk [Lfe and Works] by Tadeusz A. Zielinski, just published in October, and Carlos Kleiber. Eine Biografie by Alexander Werner.

Interesting also a series of books for children (of at least 4, 5 or 7 years, depending on the title), with four color illustrations, hardcover and a CD: Maximus Musikus besucht das Orchester [Maximus Musikus pays a visit to the orchestra], Schlaf gut mit dem Musikater. Geschichte, Gedichte und viel Musik [Sleep well with the Music Cat. Tales, poems and a lot of music], Robert Schumann (a portrait), and so on.

The most interesting discoveries (for me, at least) were a couple of smaller publishers in the Gerrman-speaking area. The first is Verlag Der Apfel (www.verlagderapfel.at), based in Wien, Austria: one of the new titles is a collection of essays on Donizetti und seine Zeit in Wien [Donizetti and his years in Wien]. On their catalog also is a couple of books on Die Wiener Hofoper, both by Miichael Jahn, the first devoted to the years 1810-1836 (starting from year 1810, when was staged Spontini’s “La vestale” at the then Kärnthnerthortheater), the second to the “Balochino-Merelli era”, the years 1836 to 1848. 488 pages the first, 724 the second – wonderful sources for one of the most important historical theaters. Mister Thomas C. Cubasch, the publisher, is a wonderful man, who apparently loves his work. I’m sure we will have a chance to know him (and his other publications) better in the future.

Mister Lehmstedt, of the Lehmstedt Verlag (based in Leipzig) is the other surprise: he wrote a big book on Art Tatum, I’m sure, out of sheer passion. I hope to meet him here – or virtually on the Net.

Reclam has a long history of small paperback books, with a typical cover made of a solid background color (traditionally yellow, then also red or green, but recently they added illustrations or more complex designs) with a simple lettering. I’m a little biased, I love these books. They recently published Bach hören by Michael Wersin, a short intoduction to Bach’s music; at the beginning of the year, they published Robert Schumann by Dagma Hoffmann-Axthelm (a musical and psychological study). On the popular music side, next month will be available a book by Ingo Meyer, dedicated to Frank Zappa.

Of course, there are many other interesting books outside of the musical field. At least one deserves to be mentioned: Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani’s Die Stadt im 20. Jahrhundert [The city in the 20th century], published by Klaus Wagenbach (www.wagenbach.de). It’s a two-volume work (912 pages, 640 color illustrations), really fascinating at first sight. 1990 to 1995 Magnago Lampugnani (an Italian, Rom-born architect based in Milano) was diector of the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt.

I spent part of the afternoon attending the Storydrive conference in the Fair’s Forum. One of the announced speakers was Dave Stewart, the musician, scheduled for a talk about “The X-Factor: remixed Marketing” and for the final round table “What’s next?”. Unfortunately, Dave Stewart wasn’t there, but I’ve got a chance to hear Mark Simmons (co-author with Stewart of The business playground, Where creativiy and commerce collide), Tendo Nagenda (Walt Disney Productions), Carl Erik Rinsch (Ridley Scott Associates), Tracey Armstrong (President & CEO of the Copyright Clearance Center) and a few other voices from the industry. Nothing was really new, but I appreciated Simmons’s presentation of the key concept in his and Stewart’s book (and in his previous book, Punk marketing) – entertaining and instructive.

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Today: Trio Caravaggio

At 14:00 (GMT + 1) Trio Caravaggio is in our studio. They will record some tracks for Limenmusic Web TV.

In particular they’ll play for us:

Johannes Brahms,

Trio op.70 n. 1 in D Major “Spettri”
Trio op.70 n. 2 in E Flat Major
Trio WoO in B Flat Major

We’ll keep you updated!

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Don’t miss it: an event for Jazz lovers

September 25th, Joey De Francesco will play for us during lunch and dinner in a famous restaurant in Chieri, a beautiful city near Turin.

Joey will be accompanied by Lorenzo Frizzera (guitar) and Giò Rossi (drums), members together with Diego Borotti and Alberto Marsico, of the Organ Logistics.

Listen to Organ Logistics @ Limenmusic

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Today: Danilo Rossi, Takahiro Yoshikawa

Today is a day filled with appointments. In the morning Virginio Sala will meet Danilo Rossi, viola soloist of La Scala in Milan, to talk about the casket, that will collect all the Great Music for viola and piano. They are scheduled to record an interview about Rossi’s career, his instrument, and the general layout of this new project.

Late afternoon, we are meeting Takahiro Yoshikawa, the talented and already well-known japanese piano player. We’ll focus on communication strategy, in view of the many performances scheduled in Japan and Italy between the end of this year and the beginning of 2011. You can find more information in Takahiro Yoshikawa s page.


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