Mechanical Musical Instruments

Call for Papers: Mechanical Musical Instruments, Guildhall School, London, Jul 2013

Papers are invited for a conference to be held on Sunday 7th and Monday 8th July 2013 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Peter Holman will be the keynote speaker. The event is a collaboration between the Guildhall School and the National Early Music Association and will focus on all aspects of how mechanical musical instruments might serve as sources both for historical repertoire and performance practice. Abstracts by Friday 1st February to:

From water organs to player pianos, the production and reproduction of music by mechanical means has been a source of fascination to many cultures. But what impact can the study of these machines have on live musicians studying the music, and the particular ways of performing music from past eras? What are the advantages, issues and problems connected with this type of research?

The conference will feature papers, a keynote address, a performance by GSMD students on the Historical Performance programme and also a visit (to be confirmed) to the Colt Clavier Collection—home of the Barrel Organ featured on ERATO’s recording of two Handel Organ Concertos (among other pieces) in the 1980s.

Abstracts, of no more than 250 words for papers of 20 minutes or lecture recitals of 30 minutes duration, should cover the aims, background, content and significance of the research. Papers will be followed by a five to ten minute period for questions.


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