Isolde Ahlgrimm, Vienna & the Early Music Revival
- I am pleased to forward this e-mail from Isolde Ahlgrimm's favorite and most distinguished pupil, Peter Watchorn, whose carefully researched biography of his teacher and mentor, for which he had unrestricted access to her archives, finally has been published:
I received this one page info sheet from the USA branch Ashgate, publishers of my recently release book on Isolde A. They asked me to get it into the hands of Bach societies, newsletters etc. I wondered if, with your far more fluent knowledge of the web and its possibilities than I have, you might be able to pass it around? Perhaps you might know a list of organizations to whom it might be forwarded?
Now available from Ashgate Publishing…
Isolde Ahlgrimm, Vienna
and the Early Music Revival
“Isolde Ahlgrimm appears in the pages of Peter Watchorn’s
biography as an artist of great depth, insight and integrity,
and a person of extraordinary strength and determination.
Her pioneering contributions to the field of early music, which
have largely gone unrecognized, were vital to our present-day
awareness and appreciation of the musical aesthetics of former times.
As a superb musician who knew the importance of scholarly research
and saw period instruments as primary tools for understanding music
of the past, she influenced many of the best known early music performers
of the next generation…The story of Ahlgrimm’s musical life offers
more than a glimpse of the flowering of early music in Vienna before
World War II and her place at its center…The reader will come away
from reading about her life with an altered view of the history of the
early music movement.”
Isolde Ahlgrimm (1914–1995), was an important pioneer in the revival
of Baroque and Classical keyboard instruments in her native city,
Vienna, and later, throughout Europe and the United States. Ahlgrimm’s
performances of Baroque music represented a radical departure from
the distinctly twentieth-century interpretations by the much more
famous Wanda Landowska and her followers. Peter Watchorn provides
an engaging study of Ahlgrimm, and argues that her contribution to the
harpsichord and fortepiano revival was pivotal, and that her use of period
instruments and the inspiration she instilled in younger musicians,
including Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Gustav Leonhardt, has been
almost entirely overlooked by the wider musical world.
Foreword, Penelope Crawford;
Preface, Virginia Pleasants;
Introduction: early music, Vienna and the missing link;
Early education and influences;
Instrument collecting, Erich Fiala and the Concerte
für Kenner und Liebhaber, 1934–1956;
Isolde Ahlgrimm, Philips Phonographische Industrie
and J.S. Bach: the Complete Works for Harpsichord;
After the deluge: artistic independence. The years 1956–1984;
Includes 32 b&w illustrations and 23 music examples
December 2007 264 pages
Hardback 978-0-7546-5787-3 $99.95
All online orders at www.ashgate.com receive a discount.
PO Box 2225
Williston VT 05495-2225 USA
Please visit www.ashgate.com
for sample pages
Teri Noel Towe
The Face Of Bach
"Those in charge are odd and ambivalent towards music, which means I have to live with almost non-stop vexation, envy, and persecution."
Johann Sebastian Bach, October 28, 1730
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