The workshops will draw together new research on music-making and the domestic interior from a variety of disciplines. They will be thematic, and cross historical and geographical boundaries.
The aim of these workshops is to create networks of interest between disciplines. These may include historians of art and design, interiors and architecture, historians of performance, musical instrument production and consumption, conservators, curators, contemporary architects and designers, and performers. They will offer a forum for established scholars, and will also encourage young academics, curators and performers to consider new approaches to their work.
Each workshop will focus on a different aspect of the music room and will open with two 20 minute papers. There will then be an opportunity for questions and wider discussion.
Please contact Suzanne Fagence Cooper, Research Department, V&A Museum (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to present a paper, or need more information about the workshops.
To view the abstracts, please follow the hyperlinks below.
Monday 9th October 2006 - What is a music room?
The evolution of music rooms as definable spaces
The architectural context: heating, lighting, furnishing
The impact of changes in musical taste and technology on interiors
Tessa Murdoch (V&A Museum)
Great Music Rooms in London and Paris, 1660–1800
Stephen Rose (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Sacred music in public and private during the German Baroque
Chair: Suzanne Fagence Cooper (V&A/BCUC)
Monday 6th November - Production and consumption
Meredith Macfarlane (Royal College of Music)
String Quartets in the Burghley House Music Collection
Jason Petty (Bard Graduate Center, New York)
The French Lyre-Guitar, 1797-1840: An 'Unhappy Metamorphosis?'
Chair: Jenny Nex (Royal College of Music)
Monday 4th December - Private and public
Sophie Fuller (author of The Pandora Guide to Women Composers)
Women and Music Rooms in 19th and 20th century Britain
Sarah Teasley (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth)
Performance spaces for traditional chamber music in Meiji era Japan
Louise Stein (University of Michigan)
Private and Public: Decorum, Space, and Musical Performance in the Spanish Orbit
Chair: Juliet Simpson (BCUC)
Monday 15th January 2007 - 'At home'
Class differences: music in the upper-class, middle-class or artisan home
The role of music in family relations
Mark Katz (University of North Carolina)
The Gramophone and the Family
Tarek Barreda (Insititut National d'Histoire de l'Art)
Music in French Architecture of the 17th and 18th Centuries
Chair: Flora Dennis (Curator: The Renaissance Interior, V&A Museum)
Monday 12th February - Musical heritage
The conservation and display of historical musical instruments
Recreating musical interior spaces in museums and historic houses
Music-making and the quest for authentic performance
Martin Souter (director of The Gift of Music)
Andrew Lamb (Bate Collection, University of Oxford)
Displaying Historical Domestic Instruments
Chair: Jake Kaner (BCUC)
Monday 12th March - The music room now
The impact of recorded music
Music in contemporary design and architecture
Sound and vision: multi-media performances in the home
Christopher Cook (broadcaster)
Turning Radio into Furniture
David Wright (Royal College of Music)
Listening to Mechanised Music
Chair: Paul Banks (Royal College of Music)
V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL
Seminar Room A, Research Department, 17.15-19.00
Nearest tube: South Kensington (link to map)
Please note that the V&A Museum closes at 17.45 on Mondays, so latecomers (after 17.30) cannot be admitted. Seminar Room A is found at the top of the Ceramics staircase, above the Silver Gallery.