University of Edinburgh

 
 

The Galpin Society

COLLOQUIUM ON HISTORICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT ACOUSTICS AND TECHNOLOGY

Meeting organised jointly by the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments and the Galpin Society

22-23 August 1997

Web URL (please consult this for more up-to-date details than are provided here): http://www.music.ed.ac.uk/euchmi/galpin/gip.html

CONTENTS

Abstracts of the Colloquium papers


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Provisional Programme

The detailed timetable will be available later. The papers are expected to include:-

ACOUSTICS OF HISTORICAL INSTRUMENTS

Joint session with The International Symposium on Musical Acoustics (ISMA '97)

1

Keynote Paper

[speaker to be decided]

2

Acoustics of Historical Guitars

Bernard Richardson
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Wales, Cardiff, U.K.

3

Acoustic and Dynamic Characterization of Different Hammers-sets in the Rossini Piano Pleyel "petit queue" Restoration

Alessandro Cocchi [1], Flavio Ponzi [2] and Lamberto Tronchin [1]
1. DIENCA, Faculty of Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy
2. Echo Historical Pianos, Bologna, Italy

4

Using Pulse Reflectometry to Compare the Evolution of the Cornet and the Trumpet in the 19th and 20th Centuries

David B. Sharp [1], Arnold Myers [2] and D. Murray Campbell [1]
1. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, U.K.
2. Faculty of Music, University of Edinburgh, U.K.

5

Non-conformistic Pipe Scaling for a Classical Organ

Dirk Steenbrugge
Gent, Belgium

6

Musical Acoustics of Dutch Wind Instruments from the Period of the Baroque

Rob Van Acht
Haags Gemeentemuseum and Institute of Sonology, Koninklijk Conservatorium, The Hague, The Netherlands

HISTORY OF MUSICAL ACOUSTICS

7

John Donaldson and 19th-century Acoustics Teaching in the University of Edinburgh

Christopher D.S. Field
Faculty of Music, University of Edinburgh, U.K.

8

The History of Musical Acoustics: How the Scientific Understanding of Instruments has Evolved and How it has Influenced the Development of Instruments

Michael L. Djordjevic
Belgrade, Serbia

9

The State of Progress with the Edinburgh University Manuscript Instrumentalischer Bettlermantl

J. Patricia Campbell
Department of Fine Art, University of Edinburgh, U.K.

10

Application of Acoustical Science by Historical Makers of Keyboard Instruments

John Koster
The Shrine to Music Museum, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, U.S.A.

THE HARPSICHORD

11

English Virginal Design Concepts and Pitch Standards

Darryl Martin
Faculty of Music, University of Edinburgh, U.K.

12

Towards Establishing the Original Disposition of the 1627 Stephano Bolcioni Harpsichord in the Russell Collection, Part 1: Geometry, the Oncia and the Original Dimensions

G. Grant O'Brien
Russell Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments, Faculty of Music, University of Edinburgh, U.K.

13

Towards Establishing the Original Disposition of the 1627 Stephano Bolcioni Harpsichord in the Russell Collection, Part 2: The Original Musical State

G. Grant O'Brien
Russell Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments, Faculty of Music, University of Edinburgh, U.K.

14

Technology in the Kirkman Workshop: the State of the Art

John R. Watson
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A.

THE PIANOFORTE

15

The Hammer-String Interaction in Viennese Pianos 1780-1850

Stephen Birkett
Department of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

16

Early Iron Framing in Pianos: The Work of Alpheus Babcock and the Boston School

Darcy Kuronen
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

17

Steinway's Over-strung Grand Piano: Technological Revolution or Marketing Success ?

Paul Poletti
Poletti & Tuinman Fortepianos, Utrecht, Netherlands

18

G.F. Sievers and mid 19th-century Pianoforte Technology

Marco Tiella
Rovereto, Italy

STRING INSTRUMENTS

19

New Materials for Early Music Instruments

Charles Besnainou
Laboratoire d'Acoustique Musicale, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

20

Tone Development in Stringed Instruments, I: the Degradation of Hemicellulose

Ephraim Segerman
Manchester, U.K.

21

Tone Development in Stringed Instruments II: Acoustic Vibration and Creep

Ephraim Segerman
Manchester, U.K.

22

Endongo (Bowl Lyre) of the Baganda of Uganda: an Examination of its Acoustical Properties

James K. Makubuya
MIT Music and Theater Arts, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A.

23

"Tension-Free Instruments" - the Guitar and Mandolin Designs of Orville Gibson

Darryl Martin
Faculty of Music, University of Edinburgh, U.K.

24

Some Technological Features of Russian Seven-String Guitars

Nina Mileshina and Alexander Batov
The Glinka State Central Museum of Musical Culture, Moscow, Russia

25

Sympathetic Stringing as applied to the Baryton and other Bowed Instruments of the 17th and 18th centuries: Origins - Applications - Acoustics

Terence M. Pamplin
London Guildhall University, London, U.K.

WIND INSTRUMENTS

26

The Stock-and-Horn

Charles Foster
Aberdeen, U.K.

27

Early Years of the Modern Trombone: Some Observations

Arnold Myers [1] and Raymond Parks [2]
1. Faculty of Music, University of Edinburgh, U.K.
2. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, U.K.

28

On Archaisms and Musical Instrument Culture of Belarus

Inna Nazina
Minsk, Belarus

29

Might-have-been Bassoons: Reform Instruments by Boehm, Tamplini and Kruspe

William Waterhouse
London, U.K.

The abstracts of the Colloquium papers are published on the World-Wide Web, URL: http://www.music.ed.ac.uk/euchmi/galpin/gita.html

This Colloquium will be followed by the One-day Conference on Instrumentalischer Bettlermantl, a 17th-century Musical Compendium in the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections, to be held in the University of Edinburgh, Sunday 24th August.

The sessions on Friday August 22 are jointly held with the International Symposium on Musical Acoustics (ISMA '97) to be held in the University of Edinburgh, 19-22 August.

There will be a Dinner in the evening of August 21st for participants in ISMA '97 and this Colloquium.

The Colloquium has been timed to follow on from the International Musicological Society conference in London, August 14-20.

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The Venue

Edinburgh, capital of Scotland, is one of the most spectacularly beautiful cities of Europe. The Conference takes place during the Edinburgh International Festival which runs from 10th to 30th August 1997. The sessions will take place in the Reid Concert Hall, built in 1859 as the University's Music Classroom. The building also houses the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments and is in the centre of the city.

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Accommodation

A limited number of rooms have been booked for Colloquium participants at very reasonable rates in Pollock Halls, picturesquely set at the foot of Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags yet only a fifteen minute walk from the city centre. The rates for accommodation booked through the Colloquium organisers are:-
Single standard room: 21.50 pounds sterling per night bed & breakfast
Single en-suite room: 37.00 pounds sterling per night bed & breakfast
Double en-suite room: 59.75 pounds sterling per night bed & breakfasts

Participants wishing to book this accommodation must pay a deposit, (which will be deducted from their accounts with the Colloquium), as follows:-
Single standard room: 8.00 pounds sterling per room per night deposit
Single en-suite room: 12.00 pounds sterling per room per night deposit
Double en-suite room: 12.00 pounds sterling per room per night deposit

Deposits for accommodation must be paid by 31st May 1997. The balance must be paid with the Colloquium fee.

Participants who arrive before August 18th or who leave after August 25th, and who wish to use the same accommodation, will be responsible for making their own bookings with Pollock Halls:-
Reservations Office,
Accommodation Services,
St Leonard's Hall,
Pollock Halls,
18 Holyrood Park Road,
EDINBURGH EH16 5AY
Tel: +44 (131) 667 0662
Fax: +44 (131) 667 1971
Higher rates will apply to these bookings.

Participants requiring hotel acommodation or family room accommodation should make their own arrangements. The Edinburgh Tourist Information Centre (3 Princes Street, Edinburgh 2; Tel: +44 (0) 131-557 1700) can help.

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Concerts

Details of concerts taking place at the time of the Colloquium will be available later. In addition, a programme for the Edinburgh International Festival and a programme for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will be sent to all participants.

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Colloquium Fee

The Colloquium Fee, to include attendance at all sessions, lunches on Friday and Saturday, and session-break refreshments, is 30 pounds sterling

Deposits for accommodation must be paid by 31st May 1997.

The Colloquium Fee and the full payment for accommodation must be paid by 24th July 1997.

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Booking

Please complete the booking form soon as possible if you wish to attend the Conference. This form can be used to book for ISMA '97, the Colloquium on Historical Musical Instrument Acoustics and Technology, the One-day Conference on Instrumentalischer Bettlermantl and accommodation for any of these.

Payment may be made by cheque, VISA card, Mastercard / Access card, or Delta card. Cheques must be payable to the University of Edinburgh, made out in pounds sterling, either drawn on a U.K. bank or a Eurocheque. For security reasons, orders should be sent by post - card numbers and expiry dates should not be sent by email.

Enquiries to:

Arnold Myers,
Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments, Reid Concert Hall, Bristo Square, EDINBURGH EH8 9AG, Scotland
Fax: +44 (0) 131-650 2425 (Faculty of Music)
E-mail: A.Myers@ed.ac.uk

One-day Conference on Instrumentalischer Bettlermantl, a 17th-century Musical Compendium in the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections. University of Edinburgh, Sunday 24th August 1997.

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