In December 2003 Dr Clemens Goldberg established the Goldberg Foundation. Dr Goldberg – cellist, musicologist, author and radio presenter – believes that capital may not only be used for gain but can enable us to create doors into new areas of common interest and experience. Traditionally foundations use the model of creative networking in opposition to unproductive competition and meaningless profit.
Aims of the Goldberg Foundation
1. The Internet Academy
Inspired by the 15th century Academia Fiorentina, the Goldberg Foundation offers the vision of a forum overcoming the institutionalised ways of working and thinking of academic institutions.
The Foundation, in line with its predecessor, welcomes contributions from the fields of Aesthetics, Music, Sociology, History, Literature and Linguistics which can be discussed directly in forums.
Chronologically, with the Age of Renaissance at its centre, contributions are also welcomed from other eras, ideally establishing a link to the present.
Particularly welcome are contributions which espouse Humanism, incorporating elements from both the Natural Sciences and the Arts, as inspired by Renaissance Florence. The objective of the Foundation is to provide a forum free of the limitations of historical, ideological and institutional boundaries permitting a modern productive Humanist exchange.
Contributions can be addressed via e-mail on this homepage. Subsequently an archive of 15th century music, offering a range of sources and editions, will be established.
In the Library of the Academy a vast range of literature lists, the founder's essays and past essays and discussions will be found.
Facsimile sources can be viewed via links, the first online edition (the chansonnier Nivelle) was the first to be put online in 2010. SInce then, there have been a multitude of editions, some of them for the first time made available for free to the public.
2. Support from the Foundation to new and existing Ensembles
It is a key objective of the Goldberg Foundation to support any existing and new ensembles contributing to the performance of 15th century music.
The 15th century saw a revolutionary change in the experience of seeing and listening through new ways of spatial representation in painting and in composition, respectively. Composers such as Dufay, Ockeghem and Busnois created a music in which the relationship between concordant sound and absolute freedom of the singular voice was developed to an extreme, creating an entirely new way of experiencing time and space.
With support from the Goldberg Foundation existing and new Ensembles will work from original-score single voice editions in place of modern scores, delivering vibrant new concert experiences from poetic texts, single voices which then are combined gradually and repetition of piece, within the context of guidance as to different ways of listening. It is a fundamental aim of these concerts to communicate the intellectual and cultural dimensions of this music.
In our section Renaissance Music you will find announcements of News and Events in the field of Renaissance Music, and reviews of new Cds.
3. Slow Listening
Similarly to the movement of Slow Food (as opposed to Fast Food) the foundation supports new forms of concerts under the label Slow Listening. These concerts aim at a conscious, intense and informed way of listening, not only for the music of the 15th century.