discussions, lectures, performances and research presentations on renewed approaches and recent (re)discoveries on the performance practices of late 17th and early 18th century Italian music.


The ethos of early music demands a considerable amount of continuous research on the practices of the past, as most aspects of performance are not notated, and the understanding and usage of what is notated has changed considerably over time. Constant questioning and curiosity keeps us in a space of exploration rather than consolidation. Questions such as “is this actually true?” and “can I really say/do that?” are recurring, and, although these are not always fully or definitively answerable, we find it important to keep asking, going back to a variety of sources and (partially) answering over and over again. What can we (re)learn about the performance practices of late 17th and early 18th-century Italian music by going back to the sources?

We invite scholars, performers, students and teachers interested in historical performance practices to participate, by presenting or joining the discussions. 

Keynote speaker: Peter Van Heyghen


- live research presentations relevant to the seminar's theme (15 minutes, followed by questions)

- pre-recorded videos of a musical performance (15 minutes, incl. a spoken introduction of max. 3 minutes about the repertoire or work and the performance practice aspects relevant to the seminar's theme)

Submission deadline for presenters: September 25.

All selected presenters will be informed by October 1. Selected performers will be invited to submit their final presentation videos by no later than October 25.


Selection committee

Dr. Paul Craenen

Teunis van der Zwart

Dr. Inês d'Avena

Claudio Ribeiro

Seminar: from Latin "seminarium", meaning "breeding ground" or "seed plot"

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Questions? flautocembalo@gmail.com



Registration to the seminar will be available from October 10.

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​This seminar is organized by Inês d'Avena and Claudio Ribeiro as part of the

Lectorate 'Music, Education & Society' of the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, as an ARC-session 

in collaboration with the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts of Leiden University.