2021 Conference

Early Recordings: Diversity in Practice (May 2021)

Early Recordings: Diversity in Practice will take place online under the form three half-day events on the 5th, 12th and 19th of May, from 3:30 to 6pm (UK time).  

Attendance is free. The Zoom link for all three days of the conference is here (please note that you will be put in a waiting room when you join the call, after which the host will let you in).

Click on the names of presenters to access their abstract and bio. Some of the talks also include a link to the video or to a written version of the talk.

Day 1 (5th May 2021): Performers and performance practices.

3:30 Daniele Palma (SAGAS, Università di Firenze), “Beyond the trace. Rethinking sonic documents in light of radical mediation”

3:50 Joanna Staruch-Smolec (Université libre and Conservatoire Royal of Brussels), “Towards Better Understanding of Ysaÿe’s Portamento: A Comparative Study of Recorded and Annotated Evidence” (link to Youtube)

4:10 Benjamin M. Korstvedt (Clark University), “Bruckner at the Turning Point: the earliest recordings of the Fourth Symphony as documents of changing performance practices” (link to Youtube)

4:20 Andrew Hallifax,”Acoustical versus Electrical: A comprehensive survey of pianists who recorded the same repertoire acoustically and electrically”. Please find a pdf version of Andrew’s paper below.

4:30 Questions to the presenters

5:00 Short break

5:10 Introducing the AHRC Research Nework “Redefining Early Recordings as Sources for Performance Practice and History” (Eva Moreda Rodríguez and Inja Stanović)

5:30 Questions to presenters and general discussion

6:00 End of day 1

Day 2: Preserving and inventing tradition

3:30 Bohdan Syroyid Syroyid, “In Search of the Vocal in a Piano Performance: A Musical Analysis of Tempo Oscillations in Early Recordings of Franz Liszt’s Liebestraum No. 3, S.541 by Sauer, Rosenthal and Lamond”

3:50 Fatima Volkoviskii (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), “Flamenco beyond the Established View: Early Recordings of Cantaoras, Cantadoras and cantantes of Flamenco” (link to Youtube)

4:10 Ben Macpherson (University of Portsmouth), “Soft Shoe Shellac: Musical theatre tap dance on early recording”

4:30 Questions to presenters

5:00 Short break

5:10 Research snapshots

Kristin M. Franseen (Carleton University, CA), “Edward Prime-Stevenson, Record Collecting, and the Queer Possibilities of Listening”

Ryan Gourley (University of California, Berkeley; USA), ““Gypsy Romances” and Balalaika Orchestras: Stylistic Diversity in Early Russian Recordings”

5:30 Questions to presenters and general discussion

6:00 End of day 2

Day 3: Styles and conventions

3:30 Charis Efthimiou (University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria), “A Computer-assisted Analysis of the Early Recordings of L. V. Beethoven´s Symphony Nr. 3”

3:50 Makiko Hayasaka (Tokyo College of Music), “The Voice of the ‘Real Japanese’ Butterfly: Re-evaluating the Performance of Tamaki Miura through Tempo Analysis of Her Recording of ‘Un bel dì, vedremo’ (1917)”

4:10 Questions to presenters

4:30 Short break

4:40 Domen Marinčič (Ljubljana), “Simulated Ovation on Early Recordings – Towards a Better Understanding”

5:00 Riccardo La Spina (Universidad de La Rioja), “Diversity vs. Disparity: Peculiarities of Genre, Style and Intent in Early Hawaiian Vernacular Recordings (1904-14)

5:20 Questions to presenters and general discussion

6:00 End of conference

Rethinking Early Recordings is a project by Dr Eva Moreda Rodríguez (University of Glasgow) and Dr Inja Stanović (University of Huddersfield).

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