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By @les (on 28/10/2010 @ 16:37:10, in Varić)

Amadeus Press, United States' leading music publisher, releases OnClassical artist Roberto Poli's first book.

Every music student learns conventions of musical notation that are generally taken for granted—for example, that an expanding hairpin indicates an increase in volume, or that a sforzando is a sharp accent. But can we be sure that such instructions meant the same in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as they do today?

Based on years of research and performance, The Secret Life of Musical Notation: Defying Interpretive Traditions presents original discoveries that have generated groundbreaking insights into music on the printed page. Acclaimed pianist Roberto Poli argues that longstanding interpretations of certain commonly encountered musical signs and symbols, in works from as early as the 1770s and through the nineteenth century, may fail to reveal the composers’ intended meanings. According to Poli, these misconstrued readings are due to interpretive traditions that have rested largely upon received knowledge, which can change over time, rather than historical accuracy. A greater awareness of the intended meanings, he says, can only bring us closer to the interpretive freedom necessary for artistic creation.

With the instincts of an accomplished musician and with a high level of scholarly understanding, the author builds his case on evidence from contemporary published editions, handwritten engraver’s copies, and letters and other writings of the time. What emerges is a powerful challenge to conventional wisdom about how classical music should be played. It is a must-read for scholars, performers, and teachers of music and for anyone interested in exploring the history and meaning of musical notation.

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By @les (on 01/03/2010 @ 10:41:28, in Varić)

It is believed that the major Polish composer was born on 1st March 1810, even though parish records say February 22.

Daguerreotype by Frederich Chopin (1948)

OnClassical celebrates Chopin's 200th birthday event with the release of the Opus Omnia by pianist Roberto Poli, along with previously released albums by Giampaolo Stuani (Preludes Op. 28) and Gianluca Luisi (4 Scherzos and Polonaise Op 53).

Happy listening!

By @les (on 14/03/2008 @ 21:25:43, in Varić)

As you may know, last January we put online a free album, the OnClassical collection, which includes our best recordings for each instrument (piano, violin, harpsichord, and choir...). Even if our full-quality catalogue (in .wav files - not the previews of course) is covered by the traditional copyright, this unique album has been totally covered by the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA here included the master-files in .wav format. This CD has also been printed in 1000 copies. You may request a copy of the CD at 8 euros (+ shipping) to us directly at:

ONCLASSICAL by A.Simonetto
c/o Via Ca'Petofi 13
36022 Cassola, Vicenza
ITALY - Europe

Ph. (00)39 339 3162931
Fax. (00)39 0424 533137

However since we have not already published the full tracks on the website we thought it would be nice to have the tracks in good mp3 quality (and .wav quality too) on some free sites and we choose Jamendo, Jamglue and On Jamendo you may download our music at a very good quality (192 kbps min.) In our humble opinion, this is a very cool site where "artists allow anyone to download and share their music". The second site - Jamglue - is more recent (born in 2006) and is intended as a point of reference for whoever wants to mix (pop and disco) music. Maybe our classical music does not fit in so well here not fit in so well here, but we thought we'd give it a go. These two sites use Creative Commons in their business plan. Finally is a web radio that "tracks what you listen to, learns what you like, gives you personal top charts and new music to discover".

For last we remind you that you may put all our previews, without further permissions, on other free websites, P2Ps, webradios, personal page... just remember to quote us and the artists with a link to their page at

Below: Francesco M. Geminiani- Allegro in F major; the file is a 192 kbps of c. 4 mbytes in size: it will takes some minutes to download.

By @les (on 17/12/2007 @ 09:17:16, in Varić)

Here a (partial) list of weblogs and websites I found that talk about us. This is very impressive considering that we are pratically doing what we do since July 2007. Thank you to all!

Other important articles or posts about us may be found at: (the list is not updated yet).

Blogs talkings about us:

Blogs / Sites quoting us:,cat_view/gid,35/limit,5/limitstart,0/order,hits/dir,DESC/,com_joomlaboard/Itemid,52/func,view/id,434/catid,12/

Very interesting is what these last say:

As a response to your message inciting users to look for new alternatives I searched the web to look for legal ways to gain copyright protection and at the same time contribute to the free culture in the digital world.

In class we talked about Lessing and his book "free culture". Lawrence Lessing is also the creator of a non-profit organization called Creative Commons. Creative Commons offers really liberal copyright agreements that permits artists to license their works for free use. The artist then uses the creative commons portal as a database to post their works. The database contains movies, music, soundtracks and written articles.

At first this idea may sound a bit obscure, but sites like Wikipedia (a non-legal source) use creative commons licensing agreements for the authors that post the information. Wikipedia has become for many users an alternative for acquiring general background info (though sometimes unreliable) on a great deal of topics.

Another example of the Creative Commons agreements put to use is the online record label OnClassical. This record label share their profit shares 50/50 with their artists and, at the same time, they enjoy international recognition for the quality of its artists and performers.

I invite all of you to check out more info on the topic on the website

It's very important how they compare us to WikiPedia and Creative Commons directly!

About the Festival della Creatività:

Other at WikiPedia / en:

Other (main) websites:
... and many others ...

Web researches / online reviews:

Recent posts: (about

By @les (on 17/10/2007 @ 18:08:25, in Varić)

Last 25/08/2007 our featured artist, Gianluca Luisi, winner of the 4th International Bach Contest of Würzburg, formerly Saarbrücken (2001), signed a contract with Naxos, the world’s leading classical music label!

Gianluca Luisi

Gianluca Luisi has recorded for us numerous times, releasing many recordings such as: Bach’s Partitas (2 CDs, 1, 2), a disc of transcriptions (unedited and still incomplete), Chopin’s 4 Scherzos + Polonaise op. 53, Mozart’s late Sonatas (2 CDs with the same recording taken from two different mics. [Neumann mics., and AKG mics.), 1 CD with Liszt’s music (unedited). !

Luisi’s recent success, which most probably began with a letter I sent to Naxos in 2005, has culminated in a contract with the international label for the recording of two CD's (one of them dedicated to Liszt) which will be released in Summer 2009.

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