Global Corelli: Fame and Music in the Early Modern World

Friday 1 November 2013

On 4-5 November 2013, the School of Music at ANU is proud to present a workshop entitled Global Corelli: Fame and Music in the Early Modern World.

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) is celebrated as the first European composer to have secured an international reputation based solely on instrumental music, through the circulation of his publications and the work of his disciples and devotees. Corelli’s fame spread far beyond Western Europe: by 1800, his music had been played in India, China, the Middle East, North America, the jungles of South America, and the Islamic Sultanate of Aceh, Sumatra. This workshop brings together leading specialists in Baroque music and cultural history from Australia and abroad to present fresh perspectives on the global cultural legacy of Corelli, and to critique the cultural meanings of musical fame and its construction in the early modern world. It will include academic papers, recitals, a workshop on baroque performance practice for pre-tertiary students, and a concert by the ANU Chamber Orchestra. A full list of speakers and papers can be found on the workshop webpage.

 Two special features are lecture-recitals on the role of Corelli’s music in intercultural exchanges in 18th-century Beijing and Sumatra, which will take place on Tuesday 5 November. One will be given by David R. M. Irving about a fascinating case of Corelli’s music being performed in Southeast Asia. It will showcase the modern world-premiere of “A Malay Song” by Capt. Thomas Forrest (c.1729-c.1802), who set one of his Malay poems to his own arrangement of a melody by Corelli, and sang it before Sultan Ala’uddin Muhammad Shah of Aceh, Sumatra, in 1784. This piece has been studied and edited by David R. M. Irving, and it will be performed by Paul McMahon, one of Australia’s leading tenors. Another lecture-recital, “Music and Letters of Teodorico Pedrini (1671-1746): Missionary and Musician in the Early Qing Court”, will be given by Professor Joyce Lindorff (harpsichord) and Nancy Wilson (baroque violin), as a live broadcast from Temple University, Philadelphia.

Finally, at 7pm on Tuesday 5 November, there will be a performance by the ANU Chamber Orchestra of concertos by Corelli, Muffat, Geminiani, and Handel. This will take place in the Llewellyn Hall.

This event is free; registration is recommended (via links on the webpage).

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