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Research Seminar: Reviving the Brave Belgians: Mechanical recording practices as a guide in historical performance

Wednesday 25 November 2020, 4.00PM

Speaker(s): Inja Stanović (University of Huddersfield)

This talk introduces Leverhulme-funded research project '(Re)constructing Early Recordings: a guide for historically-informed performance', which focuses on the reconstruction and simulation of the mechanical recording process to capture instrumental performances using wax cylinders and discs, alongside digital technologies. The project produced several case studies, including the one discussed during this talk. This particular case study is based on a disc made by Charles Heylbroeck (1872-1945), a famous horn player from Ghent, accompanied by an unknown pianist. A reconstruction of this recording was produced in early 2020, and it shall be played during the talk alongside the original so that the audience may observe similarities and differences between the two. Photos and images related to the recording session and the recording shall be used to highlight key findings, which shed light on early recording practices while providing insights into romantic playing styles and recording techniques from the early twentieth century. More broadly, this talk points out a long-standing gap in our contemporary understanding of mechanical recording sessions and highlights the extent to which performing musicians adapted their practice in order to record using mechanical technologies. 

Inja Stanović

Dr Inja Stanović is a Croatian pianist and researcher, born in Zagreb and currently residing in Sheffield, UK. As a pianist, Inja has performed in Croatia, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Mexico, the UK, and the US. She finished her PhD at the University of Sheffield, focusing on nineteenth-century performance practices relating to the work of Frédéric Chopin. Besides being an active pianist, Inja is a published author and has held various academic posts, including a research fellowship at the Sydney Conservatoire and visiting lectureship at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Inja is currently conducting a research project under the title '(Re)constructing Early Recordings: a guide for historically informed performance' supported by a Leverhulme Fellowship at the University of Huddersfield.

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