Polifonia project, Principal Investigator: Emlyn Stam
This purpose of this research trajectory is to integrate elements of early 20th century performance practice into contemporary playing with regards to the viola and string chamber music. A thorough study of early recordings should lead to a set of defined possibilities to be integrated in contemporary performances. This should be undertaken first through carbon copying several early recordings and later applying some mimetically learned elements to performances of other works. A broader understanding of early 20th century performance styles will also be achieved through thorough analysis of recordings with computer-analytic tools and an in depth look at some of the writing and treatises devoted to performances in the period. The hope is that a deeper understanding can be reached of differences between contemporary and early 20th century performance styles and that these stylistic elements can refresh contemporary performance practice.