Dr Martin Harlow: Seminar Details

Dr Martin Harlow, RNCM

Wednesday 11 January 2012

Ink and paper and the ‘writing’ of Mozart’s ‘Kegelstatt’ Trio, K.498: implications for performers

Some of the most potent contributions to Mozart scholarship of the last decades have been concerned with close study of autograph materials: the composer’s evolving handwriting style; the paper types that were used for sketches, drafts, particelle and completed scores; and the ink types displayed. This work has dispelled many of the myths concerning Mozart’s compositional methods, and helped us better to understand the chronological development of Mozart’s oeuvre, with all the attendant implications for style studies.

Mozart’s Trio, K.498 from 1786 acquired its nickname ‘Kegelstatt’ in the nineteenth century: the work was supposedly composed during a game of skittles. A close examination of the autograph, in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris,reveals much about the process by which Mozart committed this music to paper. But how can these findings offer creative stimulus to contemporary performers of this piece? How can we begin to think of genetic criticism as empowering for performers (here, and more generally)? The forum will attempt to address this question, testing ideas with Rocio Bolanos (clarinet),Louise Lansdown (viola) and Paul Janes (piano).


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