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Wanda Landowska

Wandowska_landowska_de_falla_amsterdam_publishersWe are pleased to announce the publication of the correspondence between Wanda Landowska and Manuel de Falla by the Dutch musicologist Loes Dommering-van Rongen. The correspondence covers the years between 1922 and 1931.

In his book Sonderstab Musik, Willem de Vries described how the Nazi’s not only stole works of art but also musical documents form the Jews. During WWII the ‘Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg’ was set up, an organisation set up to eliminate Jewish cultural life in Europe. The Nazi’s also established a ‘Sonderstab Musik’ to locate musical manuscripts, books and instruments.  Their goal was a general confiscation and removal of Jewish possessions, including those connected with music-making. Sonderstab Musik describes the activities of the ‘Sonderstab Musik’ in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The Polish-Jewish harpsichordist Wanda Landowska (5 July 1879 – 16 August 1959) was one of the many victims of the organisation.  When she had to flee her home in Saint-Lieu near Paris all of her musical instruments, manuscripts and personal documents were taken by the Nazi’s. Among the items stolen were letters written by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. Some of these were discovered by De Vries in Nuremberg. The Dutch lawyer and musicologist Loes Dommering-Van Rongen reconstructed the correspondence during the years 1922 and 1931 between Wanda Landowska and Manuel de Falla.

The publication contains a lot of new information and throws an interesting new light on the relationship between the two. Wanda Landowska – Manuel de Falla is available as eBook and Print-on-Demand paperback in French, the original language of the correspondence.

 

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Little Kingdom by the Sea

Little_kingdom_by_the_sea_mark_zegelingSince the 1950s, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has presented Delft Blue miniature houses to its Business Class passengers. The replicas of these historic (canal)houses and national monuments are considered to be iconic of The Netherlands worldwide. The publication Little Kingdom by the Sea offers an exclusive peek into the lives of the inhabitants of the KLM houses.

Extensive research, including interviews with architectural historians and current residents, has yielded a wealth of new information, engaging anecdotes and unique and juicy stories.

The Blue Delft figures are being collected worldwide, and have turned many business traveler into avid collectors.

IN OCTOBER 2015 THE KLM REVEALED ITS LATEST ADDITION TO THE KLM HOUSES COLLECTION: KORTENDIJK 67 in GORINCHEM.

The eBook has been updated with a brand new chapter.

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Little Kingdom by the Sea reveals the secrets behind the KLM houses. The book is a marvelous celebration of highlights of Dutch Cultural Heritage and Architecture. Liesbeth Heenk of Amsterdam Publishers will be acting as the agent for this Kindle ebook.

The eBook received numerous 5-star reviews on Amazon! A selection:

***** A Fascinating Introduction to Dutch Architectural History and Dutch Cultural Heritage

This is wonderful, almost impossible to put down, trek through Dutch architectural history and Dutch cultural heritage from the late Middle Ages to the present. While much of the book is devoted to historic buildings in major cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the book does a fine job pointing out many of the most historically important buildings in other notable Dutch cities and towns like Utrecht, Gouda, and Delft. These buildings are those that have been chosen by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to be depicted as Delft Blue miniature houses to those flying in Business Class since the 1950s, and a tradition that doesn’t seem to be dying out yet. I have to praise Mark Zegeling for writing a compelling look at both Dutch architecture and history, written in a lively, often engaging, prose style. This is one little book worthy of many a reader’s attention.” – John Kwok, Hall of Fame reviewer

***** Little Kingdom – Great Read!

“This book is such a delight! Starting by chronicling the history of the KLM Delft Blue miniature houses and monuments and their relevance to Dutch culture, the author then leads us on a fascinating tale that covers in detail the wonderful culture, art, architecture and history of the Netherlands.

Packed with intriguing anecdotes and strange but true facts, Little Kingdom is an impressive and beautifully illustrated book that will have you turning the pages for hours. A charming and truly captivating read.”

***** Little Kingdom: a Great Delight!

I am fond of Holland and love to stroll along the canals of Amsterdam. I often wondered about the inhabitants of these magnificent canal houses; what were their stories, their professions and passions. Now that I read Little Kingdom by the Sea I understand what went on behind those grand facades of the Golden Age. The optimism and spirit of 17th century Dutch entrepreneurs is truly inspiring!

In the past I never had the privilege of traveling business class with KLM so never received a Delft Blue canal house, but have seen them all over the world and understand why people are avid collectors of these replica’s. The book was a real eye opener to me, containing a wealth of information. Not dry facts, but juicy and fun stories! The Blue Delft KLM houses epitomize the Netherlands; the facades of the canal houses conceal wonderful and inspiring stories, some of which left their mark on the world. I can wholeheartedly recommend this book. Ideal to download on your Kindle when you travel to Amsterdam.

The Dutch version of Little Kingdom by the Sea is hugely popular; over 15.000 copies have been sold since its publication in 2013. The author, Mark Zegeling, has toured Canada and the United States to promote his book. The tour has been very succesful. In the near future some further publications will see the light, one of which is a book with a cover that you have never seen before, made by the Amsterdam based designers Dog and Pony.

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 A Gorgeous Walk: KLM Houses

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Richard Revisited

Richard Revisited, a novel - by Els LaunspachIn 2014 Amsterdam Publishers did the bookpromotion for Richard Revisited by Els Launspach.

King Richard III, whose remains have been discovered under a garage park in Leicester in 2012, is traditionally seen as a tyrant, a child murderer and a usurper of the English throne. How  much of this reputation was born of the facts, and how much of political urgence? How much of it is propaganda inspired by the first Tudor king, which was perpetuated by Shakespeare down through the centuries?

Opening with the spectacular findings in 2013, the Dutch well-known author and theatre critic Els Launspach portrays the intense dilemma’s in Richard Revisited faced by three writers on ‘history’: the statesman Thomas More, the seventeenth-century Master of the Revels George Buc and Jennifer Simpson, a witness in the Trial of Richard III broadcast by London Weekend Television in 1983. What truth should they serve: The immediate pressures of political expediency and public opinion, or a truth they personally pursue? In their efforts to be true to themselves, each risks either humiliation or loss of integrity.

Within the frame of the discovery of King Richard III’s remains, Richard Revisited offers a poignant image of three inquisitive minds caught up in an age-old struggle.

***** Download your copy of Richard Revisited here *****

Launspach shows convincingly that History does not exist, only a certain balance of interests. The author’s game with fact and fiction is clever and exciting. – Het Nederlands Dagblad

History and literature are brilliantly entangled. – Trouw

The totally unexpected becomes the hook in this brilliant character-driven novel. But don’t think for a minute that no action occurs. We all know that they have found Richard III’s remains, in the most unlikely venue. Here we see the now, the then, and history blends itself accurately with the present. If you like quality action, historical and character-driven novels based on new findings. This is the book to read. Els Lauspach has done an excellent job. The pace is fast. A novel written in the present tense, to the point that the past, Thomas Moores’ past, comes alive. It’s a definite must-read for those who like this fascinating genre. Alana Richmond

About the Author

Els Launspach (MA 1981) is a novelist and essayist. She worked for various theatre groups in the Netherlands, among them the Mickery Theatre of Ritsaert ten Cate. She has published widely on theatre, art, mimetic theory and screenwriting. Launspach is regarded as a specialist in Greek tragedy and Shakespeare, lecturing all over the country and teaching at the Amsterdam Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. During the years she wrote seven novels for young people and three for adults. She lives in Haarlem. See also: www.elslaunspach.nl