Links: Cesti Competition, Jefferson Papers, and L’Arpeggiata



A few early music links of note.

Competition: The Innsbruck Early Music Festival will host the Cesti International Singing Competition this summer. Centered around baroque opera, the event is open to young singers and will offer a number of enticing prizes.

American Digital: The Massachusetts Historical Society has digitized selections from their Coolidge Collection of Thomas Jefferson Manuscripts. Known as the Thomas Jefferson Papers: An Electronic Archive, it includes Jefferson’s catalog of books from 1783 and 1789, the Declaration of Independence, the Farm and Garden books, “Notes on the State of Virginia,” and architectural drawings, among other fascinating documents. The two catalogs of Jefferson’s personal library are of particular musical interest in that they list the sheet music and theoretical books he owned at the time.

Website of the week: The acclaimed ensemble L’Arpeggiata has a terrific new website which boasts some great content, including a terrific selection of videos.

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