Issues in Scholarship in Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries: Sources, Editing, Performance

Issues in Scholarship in Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries: Sources, Editing, Performance
Date and time
01 - 02 Jul 2024 (1:00pm - 4:30pm)

Recital Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR


£15 - Tickets will be on sale until Tue 25 June.

Includes entry to two associated concerts; tea/coffee breaks and lunch on Tue 2 July.

Dinner can be booked at checkout for Mon 1 July - price not included in ticket. Please let us know if you will be joining us.

Register here to attend the symposium online.

Collage of Gonzaga band playing period instruments

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Forum for Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Music is pleased to host the symposium, ‘Issues in Scholarship in Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries: Sources, Editing, Performance’.

Bringing together scholars from across career stages, the programme includes papers examining a range of issues relating to working on music from the period, as well as sessions on research methods, and two concerts featuring music of the time.

The symposium provides an opportunity for all those interested in this area, and particularly doctoral and early career researchers, to gather together and consider the challenges and opportunities of researching music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Mon 1 Jul

1pm Opening Concert
The Gonzaga Band
Cantare et Sonare: Songs and Duets of Monteverdi and his Contemporaries
(Entry included in ticket price)

2pm Welcome and Introductions

2.15 - 3:45pm Session One: Sources and Performance
John Whenham: The Musical Hinterland to Simonetti’s Ghirlanda sacra (1625)

Alex Robinson: Rehearing the past? Evoking the Music for Marie de’ Medici’s Entry into Avignon (1600)

Adrian Powney: The Beginning of the End: End of Section Metre Sign Changes in Charpentier’s Autograph Manuscripts and their Significance in Performance


4.15-5:45pm Session Two: Editing
Yuemin He: Between Notes and Nostalgia: Music, Lyricism, and Cultural Legacy in Wang Duanshu's Collection of Elegance (1667)

Martyn Wilson: Errors, inconsistencies and oddities in the printed part-books of the op. 7 violin concertos of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, and a Sunday afternoon hypothesis

Gareth James: Towards Critical Editions of Pietro Torri’s Large Scale, Sacred Vocal Works: Sources and Performance

6pm Evening Concert
Instruments of Time and Truth 
(Entry included in ticket price)

Tue 2 July

9-10am Session Three: Editing French Music
Martin Perkins: Editing ‘touttes les graces’ in the French Air Serieux, 1660-1720

Michael Talbot: Editing Quentin: Methodology and Decision-Making in the Editing of Music by a Mid-Eighteenth-Century French Composer

10.30-11.30am Session Four: Reconstructing Sources
Fernando Miguel Jaloto: From Manuscript to CD: Transcribing, Editing and Completing Portuguese 18th-Century Instrumental Repertoire

Alan Howard and Graham Sadler: On Completions, Reconstructions and ‘Re-creations’: Some Thoughts on Editing Works from Fragmentary Sources

12pm Lunch

1-2.30pm Session Five: Sources
Hazel Brooks and Federico Lanzellotti: Attribution and Authorship in Selected Works from Violin Collection P206(59) of the Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven (Lecture Recital)

Stephen Rose: Vernacular Music Manuscripts from English Local Archives: Format, Notation, Transmission


3pm Session Six: Sources and Digital Humanities
Jamie Savan and Helen Roberts: Remodelling Performing Space in Early Modern Coventry

4pm Closing Discussion
4.30pm Finish