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Progetto ROS / Rossini Opera Stampa; a 'KAUS Urbino Project' related to the Rossini Opera Festival 2012.
The accounts of Prof. Joseph J. Visser:

I am someone who has to work 'hands-on', and I need detours, indeed the long and roundabout ways almost avoiding to get anywhere, really.
Playing through some first Rossini scores (totally at random) there was sheet music rearranged for flute by Jérémie Brenner - I have re-worked that to a piece that can be played on a music box with just cdefgab-cdefgab-cdefga; and as such on a small carillon.
In a conversation with the bell player Auke de boer, when in 'his tower' on the townhall in Dokkum, we made a plan to play these (as obviously there's more to come) pieces, and I might record them for the project.

It might be fun to write an extra line for a 'belcanto' celesta player; ah, well?!

 

Ottaviano Petrucci 1466-1539

from: Odhecaton

published in 1501

This papermaker, printer and publisher was born in Fossombrone near to Urbino, on the river Metauro (URVINUM MATAURENSE),
his watermark was, as were all watermarks in those days his
master sign
we know these signs also from the master mason signs in (Brick-)walls of buildings in those days:

 

 

I was so lucky to find Alexandra Schoeny's experience in the role of Sofia in Il Signor Bruschino;
please read:

...............Sofia is such a treat ...............................she takes an enormous journey .........................In the beginning we see her as a little neglected doll dancing statically in a music box, ..........................................Florville appears, and offers her one last chance to leave her unhappy present and escape .......................................................This provokes a change in Sofia, and leads her away from gentle docility to explore all the darkest recesses of her character..................................more apropos to Black Swan than an early Rossini farce!

 

 

 

 
Joseph J. Visser
, Composer, Visual Artist , Author/translator & Lecturer.

- arranged marriage, and mariage de convenance­
and in fact, to whom it is convenient.
Statistics show that such 'bonds' do not last longer or shorter than love matches. In fact a 'marriage of convenience is a marriage concluded to achieve a practical purpose' In the case of my mother and my legal warden it was my mother's mother who needed to get rid of the in her eyes difficult daughter. The man involved was (an unknown fact to the parents of my mother) bankrupt and needed money. This match now provided for the husband the money he needed to stay out of prison and for my mother the freedom she needed from her mother. Not exactly a happy bond, but it worked for some time. They were never much together anyway, and my mother knew what was expected from a woman ­ and knew how she could get away with the more personal aspects of her life. Before 1945 people's lives knew more division between personal and public life. The concept of love matches, such as we know as normal now is rather 'modern' (after 1945) for most of society. Even so we know that family money is seldom appreciated 'to get lost in the hands of (what the Dutch call) 'the cold side of the family' ­ the lesser money there is the lesser 'cold sides' are around to loose it to I'd presumed, but I know this to be an easy and prejudiced joke..

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