2020 Conference

The conference ‘Early Recordings: Methodologies in Research and Practice’ took place as an online gathering on Zoom on 10th and 11th July 2020. It received support from the Institute of Musical Research and the Royal Musical Association.

Click on the names of presenters to watch their presentation on our Youtube channel (if the name is non-clickable, it means the presentation is not available).

Friday, 10th July, pm

3.00 – 3.15. Welcome

3.15 – 4.55 Session 1. Chair: Dr. Eva Moreda Rodriguez

3.15 – 3.45 – Dr. Massimo Zicari (Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana): Early recordings of operatic arias: reconstructing a living tradition

3.50 – 4.20 – Dr. Karin Martensen (Technische Universität Berlin): ‘The phonograph is not an opera house’. Sources and analyses on the aesthetics and history of early sound recording, focussing on Edison and Victor

4.25 – 4.55 – Professor Anne Kauppala (Sibelius Academy): Aino Ackté’s non-existent Salome recordings

See abstracts and biographies for session 1

4.55 – 5.15 Break

5.15 – 6.20. Session 2. Chair: Dr. Eva Moreda Rodriguez

5:15 – 5:45 – Dr. Jon Banks (Anglia Ruskin University): Brahms’s Hungarian Dances and the Earliest Csárdás Recordings

5:50 – 6:20 – Professor William Brooks (University of York): Entangled relations between recording, performance, and publication in the United States during World War I: a case study

See abstracts and biographies for session 2

6.20 – 7. Research snapshots 1. Chair: Dr. Eva Moreda Rodriguez

Bob Kosovsky (New York Public Library)

Filip Šír/Martin Mejzr (The National Museum, Czech Republic)

Naila Ceribasic  (Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb)

See snapshot 1 summaries

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Saturday, 11th July, am

9:00 – 9:15. Welcome

9:15 – 10:20. Session 3. Chair: Dr. Inja Stanovic

9:15 – 9:45 – Dr. Johannes Gebauer (Bern University of Arts). Analysing String Fingerings in Early Recordings: Methods for Computer- aided deconstruction

9:50 – 10:20 – Vincent Andrieux (Sorbonne). The Distant Echoes of Debussy’s La Mer: An Overview of the French Wind School at the Dawn of the 20th Century

See abstracts and biographies for session 3

10:20 – 10:35. Break.

10:35 – 11:30. Session 4. Chair: Dr. Inja Stanovic

10:35 – 11:05 – Laura Granero (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis). Clara Schumann’s tradition through the recordings of her pupils

11:10 – 11:40 – Sebastian Bausch (Bern University of Arts). How can (or should?) we listen to piano rolls?

See abstracts and biographies for session 4

11.40 – 1:00. Research snapshots 2. Chair: Dr. Inja Stanovic

Dr Cla Mathieu (independent researcher)

Dr Christoph Flamm (University of Heidelberg)

Carolina Estrada Bascuñana (Hochschule der Künste Bern)

Dr Ferenc János Szabó (Institute for Musicology, Research Centre for the Humanities, Budapest)

Joanna Staruch-Smolec (Université libre de Bruxelles and Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles)

See snapshot 2 summaries