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From Renaissance to Baroque, National Early Music Conference
York, July 1999

National Early Music Association in association with The Department of Music, York University & York Early Music Festival Call for Papers From Renaissance to Baroque: an international residential conference at The University College of Ripon and York St John, York Friday 2 July - Sunday 4 July 1999
Historians of instruments and instrumental music have long recognised that there was a period of profound change in the seventeenth century, when the consorts or families of instruments developed during the Renaissance were replaced by the new models of the Baroque period. Yet the process is still poorly understood, in part because each instrument has traditionally been considered in isolation, and changes in design have rarely been related to changes in the way instruments were used, or what they played. The aim of the conference is to bring specialists in particular instruments together with those interested in such topics as the early history of the orchestra, iconography, pitch and continuo practice. It is planned to publish a volume of proceedings after the Conference. Although this is primarily a scholarly conference, it is not just instrument makers and academics who have an interest in achieving a better understanding of the process, for the conference will raise questions that any historically-aware performer ought to ask about the performance of music by such composers as Lully, Charpentier, Purcell, Biber, J. S. Bach and Vivaldi. What sorts of instruments should I be using? At what pitch? In which temperament? In what numbers and/or combinations? For this reason we invite performers as well as academics to attend; there will be workshops, demonstrations and concerts as part of the programme. The Conference has been planned in conjunction with the first weekend of the York Early Music Festival, and the Festival will include related concerts; appropriately, the theme of the 1999 Festival is wind instruments. The location, the University College of Ripon and York St John in central York, will make interaction with the Festival easy. It is hoped to keep the overall cost of the Conference below 100. A booking form will be available shortly. Abstracts should be sent, by E-mail or on disc if possible, by 1 February 1999 to: Dr Jonathan Wainwright, Department of Music, York University, YO10 5DD, UK fax: 44 (0) 1904 432450 e-mail: For further details, contact the conference organiser: Dr Peter Holman, 119 Maldon Rd, Colchester, Essex CO3 3AX, UK tel: 44 (0) 1206 543417 fax: (+44) 1206 562072 e-mail: