Music and Material Culture

One-day Workshop – 7 December 2016, University of Cambridge

We are pleased to announce the one-day workshop on ‘Music & Material Culture’, to be held at the University of Cambridge on Wednesday 7 December. This workshop proposes to create a bridge between material culture studies and musical studies, exploring the wide range of objects that interact with musical practice and consumption, sound production, and the sense of hearing. The workshop has a wide regional and historical scope, ranging from the Renaissance to the present.

Full programme and further details at:

Attendance is free, but space is limited. Please write to (Vera Wolkowicz)


9.00 – 9.15. Registration

9.15 – 9.30. Introduction

9.30 – 10.30. Session 1 – Keynote Speaker
-Florence Gétreau (CNRS, Paris)
‘European Musical Cabinets from Renaissance to 19th Century: Typology and Philosophy’
Chair: Amparo Fontaine (University of Cambridge)

10.30 – 11.30. Session 2
-Flora Dennis (University of Sussex)
‘Listening to the Song of Objects: Material Culture and Music in Early Modern Italy’

-Moritz Kelber (University of Salzburg)
‘Quella cosa è più nobile, che ha più eternita ‒ Leonardo, Eternity and the Materiality of Music’
Chair: Vera Wolkowicz (University of Cambridge)

11.30-12.00. Coffee Break

12.00-13.00. Session 3
-Penelope Gouk (University of Manchester)
‘On the Role of Musical Instruments in the Creation of Francis Bacon’s Experimental Study of Sound’

-David Trippett (University of Cambridge)
‘Music and the Permutations of Materialism ca. 1855’
Chair: Nicolò Palazzetti (CRAL/EHESS)

13.00-14.00 Lunch break

14.00-15.30. Session 4
-Gabriele Rossi Rognoni (Royal College of Music)
‘Defining “Old” vs. “New” Organologies: Changing Perspectives in Studies on Musical Instruments’

-Marion Leonard (University of Liverpool)
‘Collection, Interpretation and Encounter: Popular Music in the Museum’

-Michele Del Prete (Accademia di Belle Arti di Foggia)
‘Remote Divisions. On the Post-Romantic Organ as Reference for (Early) Electroacoustic Music Sound Projection’
Chair: Violeta Nigro-Giunta (CRAL/EHESS)

15.30-16.00. Coffee break

16.00 – 17.30. Session 5

-Rachel Stroud (Univeristy of Cambridge)
‘Objects, Agency and Beethoven’s Late String Quartets’

-Pamela Feo (Boston University)
‘“So intangible a thing as a pianist’s touch.” Listening to the Body in Player Piano Performance’

-Laura Dolp (Montclair State University)
‘Idris Kahn and the Poetics of the Score’
Chair: Danielle Padley (University of Cambridge)

17.30-18.00. Final Remarks. Open discussion