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Instruments of the Eighteenth Century Seminar

November 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Free admission

Instruments of Love: the recorder as an instrument of love
Douglas MacMillan and Isobel Clarke

While brass and percussion are often linked with military scenarios, the recorder is particularly analogous with pastoral, supernatural, and romantic scenarios. Our paper will explore the representational use of the recorder as an instrument of love, examining its use in public performance, as well as in domestic music-making.

We will draw upon examples including Handel’s Acis and Galatea and John Walsh’s publication of amorous operatic arias for solo voice with alternative recorder transcriptions. Literary sources, including diary evidence, will be also considered, and the paper will be illustrated with musical examples played on recorders from the Bate Collection.

Email alice.little@music.ox.ac.uk for info.
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November 15, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free admission
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The Bate Collection, Faculty of Music
The Bate Collection, Faculty of Music
St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1DB
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