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Musicatlas: Major updates
The MusicAtlas data for the United Kingdom and Ireland were in need for a major update. This has now been done, so the information is now much more accurate. Also a first version of the music places for France (except Paris) have now been added. Some works is still needed on that, but it is already a fairly complete music guide for your travels.
You can download the MusicAtlas information for Venice, Italy, for free. Go to the download page for more information. These geographical data about composers and classical music can be used, e.g., in your GPS, Google Earth, or other geographical application.
Mobile App → MusicAtlas for your mobile device: see the composer places nearest to where you are!
Latest composer news
- Britten trail opened
(3 April 2013)
To celebrate Benjamin Britten's 100th birthday a self-guided trail was opened near Aldeburgh, England. The route includes Aldeburgh Parish Church, site of Britten's grave, the Old Mill, Snape, the Moot Hall, and the Jubilee Hall, which was the main venue for the Aldeburgh Festival until 1967. Also the Scallop sculpture is included, as well ast he Peter Pears Gallery, Snape Maltings concert hall and the Red House.
- Tan Dun is Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO
(29 March 2013)
“In recognition of his efforts to promote intercultural dialogue through music, consciousness of the scarcity of natural resources such as water, and the diversity of languages, as well as for his dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization.” That was the explanation of UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova on the occasion of making Tan Dun as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador at a ceremony in Paris, France.
The composer said he was honored to be named as the first Chinese Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO, and that he would join other peers to work dedicatedly to fulfil the mission of UNESCO. Specifically trying to build communication bridges between different cultures, and raising the awareness of saving and protecting water resource for the wellbeing worldwide.
- Michael Berkeley to be member of House of Lords
(29 March 2013)
Michael Berkeley, who is a composer as well as broadcaster, is to be made a non-party political peer in the House of Lords.
For over 15 years he has been presenter of the BBC Radio 3 programme Private Passions.
- Another award for Van der Aa
(29 March 2013)
The Mauricio Kagel Music Prize for 2013 has been awarded to Michel van de Aa by the North Rhine-Westphalia Arts Foundation. It will be presented to the composer on 28 April during the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik.
The prize, worth a total of €50,000, of which €20,000 is to be used to fund a new project for the North Rhine-Westphalia region, is rewarded every two years, and was first given in 2011.
- Choral composer Vic Nees dies
(15 March 2013)
Belgian composer Vic Nees died on 14 March after a prolonged illness. He is considered as the most important Belgian choral composer, and his compositions are also often performed in The Netherlands, Germany, and other countries. He was also a choir conductor and organist.
- Grawemeyer award for Van der Aa
(26 November 2012)
The 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition was won by Dutch composer Michel van der Aa. He received the award for his multimedia composition Up-Close, which is said to be “a highly innovative fusion of musical and visual art".
The Grawemeyer Award is granted annually by the University of Louisville. It is the world’s most prestigious composition prize, and isworth $100,000 (EUR78,000).