May 2016

Gustav Mahler and the Vienna Court Opera

May 2nd, 2016|Music, News, Sound categories|

The Vienna Court Opera was the carefully planned highlight of Gustav Mahler’s career as a conductor. On the 11th of May, 1897 he debuted initially as a chapelmaster with Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin” (with Hermann Winkelmann as Lohengrin and Louise Ehrenstein as Elsa). Half a year later, on the 8th of October, he became the director of the Vienna Court Opera and held this position until 1907. […]

April 2016

An insight in the Europeana Sounds statistics

April 27th, 2016|News|

Europeana helps cultural institutions across Europe share their digital collections with a wider audience. We collect data from thousands of institutions from all European countries and make that available online. In an average month we reach over half a million people looking for the cultural treasures of Europe. […]

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Singing for your supper: an introduction to Scottish work songs

April 25th, 2016|Music, News, Sound categories|

Work songs were commonplace in Scotland for hundreds of years and, whatever the activity, there would be a song to accompany it and match the speed at which it was being undertaken. […]

To be, or not to be, on Europeana Sounds?

April 21st, 2016|Music, News, Spoken word recordings|

As we commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, here’s a chance to look at some of the material we have on Europeana Sounds related to the great playwright. […]

A pub crawl for all your senses

April 19th, 2016|Environment recordings, News|

We’ve all heard of the recent trend in boosting creativity: ambient sounds of cafés and restaurants, So, if a café atmosphere help you work better, what about a pub?  If you have ever sat in an old community pub with a crackling fire on a chilly night and just absorbed the aura surrounding you, you might know what we mean. Of course, it can be noisy, with rattling glasses, chatty people and laughter here and there, but pubs ooze a charm that is hard to resist. […]

Mass production of opera

April 14th, 2016|Music, News, Sound categories|

Around 170 dramatic secular and 40 dramatic sacred works – this is the amount of compositions that Antonio Draghi created throughout a period of 30 years. He is said to have written around 6 operas per year on average – with a creative peak of 11 operas in 1685 alone. […]