Monday, October 8, 2012

Call For Papers - Conference on Mechanical Musical Instruments in Historical Performance

Papers are invited for a 2-day conference to be held on Sunday 7th and
Monday 8th July 2013 at
the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. The event is a
collaboration between the
Guildhall School and the National Early Music Association (NEMA) and
will focus on all
aspects of how mechanical musical instruments might serve as sources
both for historical
repertoire and performance practice.

From water organs to player pianos. the production and reproduction of
music by mechanical
means has been a source fascination to many cultures. But what impact
can the study of these
machines have on live musicians studying the music, and the particular
ways of performing
music from past eras? What are the advantages, issues and problems
connected with this type of

The conference will feature papers, a keynote address, a performance
by GSMD students on the
Historical Performance programme and also a visit (tbc) to the Colt
Clavier Collection – home
of the Barrel Organ featured on ERATO s recording of two Handel Organ
Concertos (among
other pieces) in the 1980s.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words for papers of 20mins or lecture
recitals of 30mins duration
should be submitted to and should include the following information:

-- Background
-- Research questions
-- Aims
-- Summary of content
-- Significance

Papers will be followed by a 5 -10 minute period for questions

to be received no later than Friday 1st February 2013