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Case Studies in Nineteenth-Century Performance

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Study Day, 9th April, 2008 at School of Music, University of Leeds, 9am - 5pm

Case Studies in Nineteenth-Century Performance

Nineteenth-century performing practice embodies complex and subtle relationships with music notation. Much of this has been the subject of scholarly scrutiny for some time, with particular emphasis being placed upon instrumental treatises and historical performing parts, many of which provide detailed performance information. In recent years, the importance of relevant early recordings as part of this research has been better understood, and detailed and discerning examination of them provides a valuable context in which to appraise written texts.
            This study day will focus on performance scores and early recordings. It will comprise a session of papers examining a number of performance-related topics, a lecture-recital illustrating these issues in practice; a workshop session in which invited student ensembles will be able to discuss explorations of historically-informed nineteenth-century chamber performance, and finally, a plenary discussion of the day's events.


Session 1: Evidence and Intuition: Issues in Nineteenth-Century Chamber Performing Practice

Session 2: LUCHIP Lecture Recital: Quartet lecture-recital including excerpts of music by Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Spohr

Session 3: Workshop Session: invited ensembles will perform and discuss historically-informed nineteenth-century chamber works, lead by LUCHIP personnel.

Session 4: Plenary Discussion of Day's Events

String-based chamber ensembles are invited to contact Dr David Milsom if they are interested in performing. Such ensembles should prepare at least a movement of a nineteenth-century chamber work and be prepared to experiment with nineteenth-century performing practices: the use of relevant historical editions and instruments is encouraged. Ensembles with piano will be able to use a newly-restored Erard grand piano of c.1855.
The event is free of charge to participants (performers) and at a fee of £15 (£10 for students) to non-participating delegates, including tea and coffee.

To book a place, please contact:

Dr David Milsom,
School of Music, University of Leeds,
Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9JT


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