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Friday, Jan. 16, 2004

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NEC offers music lectures for free

NEC Corp. is offering free booklets containing the transcripts of a series of lectures it sponsored on early Western music.

The NEC Early Music Series started in 1997 to promote early Western music through concerts and lectures. The collection now spans 14 A4-sized booklets, each written in Japanese and about 20 pages long, that include black and white photos and music specimens.

The lecturers include members of Bach Collegium Japan, Telemann Institute Japan and other experts.

The themes taken up in the series range from 17th-century Protestant music, Bach's cantatas and Handel's oratorios, to Telemann, how to play Baroque music today, and cembalo music.

Anyone interested should go online to www.nec.co.jp/community/ja and click on Early Music, where explanations about each booklet are available along with request forms. Anyone requesting a booklet must also send 180 yen to 340 yen in stamps to NEC to cover mailing costs.



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