Looking for more to read, watch, and learn about early music, art, news, and more? Check out these links.
Once a month, we will gather the top 10 links from the Bonus Content section in our weekly newsletter for Premium subscribers, Tafel Notes. Here are the favourite articles and videos from April.
- WATCH Our talented oboist Marco Cera returned with another video! In this video, hear Pachelbel’s Canon arranged for three oboes—and watch multiple Marcos perform on oboe, guitar, and bass.
- READ Who blinded J.S. Bach? In April 1750 Bach went under the knife of English eye surgeon John Taylor with disastrous results.
- WATCH In this short documentary from our friends Opera Atelier, go behind-the-scenes with the company’s singers, the artists of Atelier Ballet, and Tafelmusik, to get an insider look at their upcoming production of Handel's The Resurrection.
- LISTEN Craving a good nap? This collection of classical music playlists for sleep, from BBC Music Magazine, is sure to help you soothe your mind, and help you drift off.
- LISTEN “Bach's Favorite Instrument You've Probably Never Heard Of”: in this piece from NPR, learn about the long-lost lautenwerck.
- WATCH In her home studio, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra violinist Elizabeth Loewen Andrews—a familiar face on the Tafelmusik stage—performs the first movement of Beethoven's Violin Sonata no. 5 in F Major, also called the Spring Sonata.
- WATCH A museum of miniatures and models in Germany recently set a new world record: the longest melody played by a model train. In this video shared by CNN, watch the train play a classical music medley as it passes by crystal glasses—and, see if you can name every piece you hear!
- READ Missing the Louvre in Paris? Or, never been, but dream of going? The museum has recently put their entire collection online to explore, for free: visitors can browse more than 480,000 works in the Musée du Louvre and Musée National Eugène-Delacroix. Updated on a daily basis, it is the result of the continuous research and documentation efforts carried out by teams of experts from both museums.
- READ The funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will be a much smaller affair than other state or ceremonial funerals, but what music will be included as part of the order of service? BBC Music Magazine reports.
- WATCH French actors are pining to get back on stage, but they've had to be content with performing from behind the windows of a fashion boutique.
Image: Woman Reading a Letter, Johannes Vermeer, c. 1663 courtesy of The Rijksmuseum.