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International Music Symposium, March 10th and 11th 2013
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Author:  Dave Stubbs [ Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:22 pm ]
Post subject:  International Music Symposium, March 10th and 11th 2013

Dear Webmaster of the FOPS,

I hereby extend to you a hearty invitation to the international Symposium to be held on March 10th and 11th 2013. This event will present the latest scientific and musicological research into early 20th century Welte roll-recording systems and examine the validity of these musical documents as guides to historical performance practice. The Research Department of the Bern (Switzerland) University of the Arts is mounting this Symposium at the invitation of Dr. Christoph Hänggi, Director of the Museum für Musikautomaten Seewen (Solothurn, Switzerland) - for the most recent details on this see the Symposium website: ... sterhand3/.

Primarily, the latest technical information about Welte’s recording systems will be presented. This is now possible thanks to the recent investigations into the only preserved Welte Roll Recorder and the discovery of more than 1300 master rolls, many of which still have ink traces from this apparatus and other annotations by Welte. New investigative methodologies now increase the credibility of these documents as sources of historic information for both piano and organ playing, with roots that can be traced far back into the 19th century. The result is that the rolls, acting as new source material, allow extended revelations about the musical paradigms of this era.

The results of the Swiss research will be supplemented by specialist contributions from England, Germany and the USA, including two round-table discussions. In a special Symposium Concert entitled “Music minus one around 1900” modern musicians will adjust to the interpretation styles of the era through playing to the Welte-Mignon and Welte Philharmonie “accompaniment rolls”. In this manner the wider perspectives of vocal and instrumental music will be included.

We would appreciate it if you could kindly inform your members about this event.

With best wishes

Prof. Dr. Kai Köpp

SNF-Förderungsprofessur Angewandte Interpretationsforschung
Studiengangsleitung CAS Historisch informierte Interpretationspraxis Klassik - Romantik

Berner Fachhochschule / Haute école spécialisée bernoise / Bern University of Applied Sciences
Hochschule der Künste Bern / Haute école des arts de Berne / Bern University of the Arts
Forschungsschwerpunkt Interpretation / Domaine de recherche interprétation / Research Area Interpretation
Fellerstr. 11
CH-3027 Bern

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