Proposal peer-reviewed and accepted as ”Themed Session”,
18th Biennial conference on Baroque Music,
Cremona 10-15 July 2018
In the light of the conference main theme ’Crossing borders’ the aim of this round table / themed session is to develop an experimental discourse departing from a musical source from the period 1550-1750, as part of a performative ritual for crossing borders and strict dichotomies. The objective is to search from new chiasmatic crossings between a musician’s gaze, a musical source from the Baroque era and musicological findings. Following the discourse of letting go of the perceived strict dichotomy between musical text and music performance (Schulze 2015:3) this session proposes a radical move towards a borderless entangled reading of musical sources based on performative methodologies. This approach may allow for new relations to develop between traditional distinctions pronounced through musicological findings and artistic performance methods; it might also allow for closer collaborations between musicologists and artistic researchers in music. Artistic research in music is a fast growing experimental academic field, with a strong link to musicology. Highly significant to this new field is the desire to find ways of merging sensuous (subjective) knowledge with a variety of other research methodologies. The artistic research purpose is often to follow the performing process of understanding a musical score and the active performance practice calling for praxical strategies such as ritual thinking, musicking through texts and theories (ex. hermeneutics, feminist new materalism), reflective/diffractive methodologies, meaning-making through translation studies, essayistic writing, and speculative performance philosophy. For this session four short (5 min.) presentation will be performed with one common point of departure: ‘musical source a part of a performative ritual for crossing borders and strict dichotomies’. With reference to these four presentations the stage will open up for an intra-active and explorative dialogue between all participant in the session.