Harkness Chapel, Classroom
Music colloquia provide a weekly forum for presentation and discussion of recent research by distinguished visitors and CWRU faculty and graduate students in musicology, historical performance practice, and music education.
All talks happen on Fridays at 4:00 PM in Harkness Classroom and are open to the public.
About the Talk
“Moving Beyond Performance: Improvisation in Seventeenth-Century French Harpsichord Music"
This lecture performance illustrates how improvisational practice can inspire and enable the re-creation of performance cultures. Using the music of seventeenth-century French harpsichordists, I propose mouvance (movement) as a metaphor for understanding how pieces did—and could still—transform through the workings of orality. Through a demonstration of my own improvisational practice, I show how mouvance can aid in bridging the persistent gap between improvisation and contemporary historically-informed performance.
About the Speaker
Canadian harpsichordist Mark Edwards is a first-prize winner of the Bruges International Harpsichord Competition. He has given solo recitals and concerto performances throughout Europe and North America, and is currently an Associate Professor of Harpsichord at Oberlin Conservatory. In 2021, he received a PhD in artistic research from Leiden University.
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