1st International Conference on Historical Keyboard Music: Sources, Contexts, and Performance



1st International Conference on Historical Keyboard Music: Sources, Contexts, and Performance






1–3 July 2011

Department of Music, the University of Edinburgh, Scotland


This conference is intended as an international meeting of scholars and performers working in the field of keyboard studies, the first of its kind to be held in the United Kingdom. By intention, its scope is not bound by a particular historical time-frame, the aim being to bring together a diverse range of expertise in both performance and historical musicology. Moreover, it is anticipated that the conference will provide an opportunity for fruitful contact and exchanges of ideas between individuals working in the general field.


An exceptional opportunity for a suitable ‘meeting point’ between the often separate spheres of performance and scholarship, and the various branches of keyboard studies, is offered by the University of Edinburgh’s Collection of Historical Instruments at St Cecilia’s Hall and Museum. The Collection houses many outstanding keyboard instruments dating from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries that are in working order (see the Collection’s online catalogue:http://www.music.ed.ac.uk/euchmi/ucki.html). As part of the conference, four invited speakers will address questions relevant to performance-oriented scholarship, in turn highlighting the continuing importance of instruments for the study of historical keyboard music. We are delighted to announce that these speakers will be as follows:


Terence Charlston, Professor of Harpsichord, Royal College of Music, London, England

Robert Hill, Professor of Historical Keyboard Instruments and Performance Practice, Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg, Germany

Christine Jeanneret, Assistant Professor, Université de Genève, Switzerland

Susan Wollenberg, Lecturer in Music, Brasenose College, the University of Oxford, England





Proposals are now invited for individual paper presentations at the conference (20 minutes duration followed by ten minutes for questions and discussion) or lecture-recitals (40 minutes duration, including discussion). The committee will also also consider grouped proposals for themed sessions. Proposed topics may, but not exclusively, relate to the following areas: performance contexts; performance practice issues; instruments in context; iconography and performance; organology and performance; keyboard technique in relation to aesthetics, cultural contexts, and the body; ‘keyboard culture’; analytical techniques; pedagogy; the keyboard and amateur music-making; the keyboard and gender; the reception of historical keyboard composer-performers; authorship and the practice of keyboard arranging; textual criticism and sources; historical recordings.

Abstracts and proposals should be sent by email as .doc attachments AND a plain-text version contained in the email. The deadline for proposals is 14 March 2011. Proposals should be sent to the organizing committee:



Dr Andrew Woolley (A.L.Woolley@soton.ac.uk)

Mr Erasmo Estrada (E.J.Estrada-Elizarraras@sms.ed.ac.uk)

Ms Eleanor Smith (eleanor@eleanorsmith.org.uk)

Dr John Kitchen (J.Kitchen@ed.ac.uk)



This conference has been kindly supported by the Friends of St Cecilia’s, a grant from the University of Edinburgh Development Trust, and a University of Edinburgh Knowledge Transfer grant,