Aspects Of Artistic Experimentation In Early Music




April 4, 2011 through April 6, 2011


Application deadline: December 1, 2010 until March 1, 2011





The year 2011 will see the ninth edition of the International Orpheus Academy for Music & Theory.

This year’s theme will be “Aspects of Artistic Experimentation in Early Music”. As much as the artist’s urge to experiment can be assumed to typify historical musical progress, this aspect of artistic practice remains mostly unexplored. Within the larger framework of the Orpheus Research Centre in Music agenda, the Academy will devote three successive incarnations to this topic from the perspective that connects musical practice and theory. For 2011, the focus will be directed towards artistic experimentation in music from the Renaissance and Baroque, including a further emphasis upon experimental behaviour in practices of notation and tuning.”


This year’s guest faculty includes: Mark Lindley, Martin Kirnbauer & Edward Wickham.




Mark Lindley (Independent Researcher, U.S.A.)

“Innovation and Nuance in Part I of the ‘48′.”


Martin Kirnbauer (Musikmuseum Basel/Musikwissenschaftliches Institut, University of Basel, Switzerland)

“Vieltönige Musik – performance practice of chromatic and enharmonic music in the 16th and 17th centuries.”


Edward Wickham (University of Cambridge, St Catharine’s College, U.K.)

“The Secret Life of the Renaissance Singer. Experiments in compositional and performance culture in the Renaissance.”




Panel discussions, live performances and short presentations of participants’ research will complement the guest lectures.


A detailed programme and more information on the lectures will become available in due time

Please find in attachment the Orpheus Academy 2011- promotional flyer.





The Academy is open to music theorists, musicologists, students in music theory or musicology, musicians, composers…  from all countries. Please note that only 30 participants will be accepted.


Application is possible from December 1, 2010 on until March 1, 2011 through the application form in attachment, also to be downloaded through


Admission fee: € 175 (€ 100 for Bachelor & Master students until the age of 26).

Fee includes coffee breaks, lunches and closing dinner on Wednesday evening April 6, 2011.


Accommodation: We recommend the following websites when searching for a place to stay in Ghent:




· (discounts for members of the academic community)


If desired (not obligatory!) accommodation can be arranged by the Orpheus Institute at the following price per person per night!


·        € 35 shared room Bed & Breakfast (upon availability)


·        € 60 single room Bed & Breakfast


·        € 100 Hotel accommodation







Orpheus Institute – advanced studies & research in music –  Korte Meer 12, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

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