A Case of Recorders: Recorder Use in Spanish Churches and Cathedrals in the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries

Date: 14 October 2020

Venue: Online Blackboard Collaborate - - - - -

Time: 5:00 PM

PhD candidate: Julia Miller

Principal investigator: Dr. Bruno Blondé (UAntwerpen), Dr. Eugeen Schreurs (Royal Conservatoire Antwerp), Dr. David Burn (KU Leuven)

Short description: PhD defence Julia Miller - Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts


This PhD project researches the use of recorders in performing sacred music in Spanish cathedrals and churches during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. As well, it examines the interaction of the historical findings with artistic questions arising in twenty-first-century performance of this sacred music repertoire.

When today's musicians seek to perform sacred Renaissance works in an historically informed manner, they are confronted with an array of questions arising from original music sources which did not generally specify the use of instruments or the manner of arranging the music for performance. Paradoxically, while numerous sets of recorders were purchased by ecclesiastic institutions during the period studied, most contemporary sacred music did not specifically call for their use. As well, surviving sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century documentation is highly fragmentary regarding the participatory role of recorders in sacred repertoire of this period.

At the same time, scholarly research and writing had not addressed this issue. Sacred music of this era offers the modern musician a large and rich potential repertoire of supreme quality and beauty. Therefore, in seeking an historically informed basis for performance, this doctoral project asks if recorders were used in such works in Spanish ecclesiastic institutions during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and, if so, how.

Registration: send an e-mail to: wolf.vantulden@uantwerpen.be

Contact email: aria@uantwerpen.be

Link: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/research-groups/aria/research/current-phd-projects/