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.

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”

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”

4:20 Andrew Hallifax,”Acoustical versus Electrical: A comprehensive survey of pianists who recorded the same repertoire acoustically and electrically”

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”

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).