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PhD project

Early Music Beyond Authenticity

Interpretation and Composition Outside the Work Concept

Carlo Diaz

Carlo Diaz  is a researcher at the docARTES programme, doctoral programme in musical arts.

As a fluid development from my concept of compositional practice as the either conscious or subconscious reuse and re-processing of pre-existing materials, and from the idea that all new music is necessarily embedded with the historical, I propose a new historical mode for Early Music wherein curation, editing, and performance are fundamentally creative activities. I propose the application of recent philosophy and historical theory by Michel Foucault, Hayden White, Roland Barthes, Niall Ferguson, Paul Ricoeur, Ann Laura Stoler, and others to the practice of Early Music. My objective is both to shed the Romanticism and Modernism inherent in recent research on and performance of music written before 1800 and to suggest a new paradigm in which history operates outside of empiricism and narrativity.


  • Prof.dr. R. Barrett
  • Dr. A. Scott
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