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“LOOK AGAIN” | Early Music Seminar

Friday 5 November 2021

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Discussions, lectures, performances and research presentations on renewed approaches and recent (re)discoveries on the performance practices of late 17th and early 18th century Italian music.

The ethos of early music demands a considerable amount of continuous research on the practices of the past, as most aspects of performance are not notated, and the understanding and usage of what is notated has changed considerably over time. Constant questioning and curiosity keeps us in a space of exploration rather than consolidation. Questions such as “is this actually true?” and “can I really say/do that?” are recurring, and, although these are not always fully or definitively answerable, we find it important to keep asking, going back to a variety of sources and (partially) answering over and over again. What can we (re)learn about the performance practices of 18th-century Italian music by going back to the sources?

KeynotePeter Van Heyghen: ‘Niccolò Jommelli’s Perché dall’alta Reggia (Rome, 1747): An exceptionally well-documented Work of extraordinary Proportions’

Lectures |

Marc Vanscheeuwijck: 'The "Violoncello" in Baroque Italy? Not exactly What we have been Thinking'

Bettina Hoffmann: '“Violone, e Violoncello piano senza Cembali” Vivaldi's instrumental dosage of basso continuo'

Catalina Vicens: 'The Tagliavini Collection - treasuring Italian historical keyboard instruments'

Research presentations |

Javier Lupiáñez: '“Wild and eccentric”. Ornamenting in the style of Vivaldi'

Enrico Gatti: 'Dances for ears'

Benoît Laurent: '“So sweet Martini claims Attention here…” Some new light on Giuseppe Sammartini’s biography and repertoire, and how to perform his solo sonatas'

Inês d'Avena: 'Trills under the magnifying glass: their use, notation and execution'

Claudio Ribeiro: 'Left-hand figures in late Baroque Italian music for solo keyboard: evidence-based possibilities for performance'

Video performances |

Roberto Cornacchioni Alegre: 'Partimenti realizations from the Bolognese school'

Faythe Vollrath: 'Interpreting and Imitating Nature in the Music of Poglietti'


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​This seminar is organized by Inês d'Avena and Claudio Ribeiro as part of the Lectorate 'Music, Education & Society' of the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, as an ARC-session in collaboration with the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts of Leiden University.

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