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Sound Case: Aspects of early woodwind recordings

Emily Worthington

When: Tue 17 Jun 2014, 17.00-18.00

Where: Foyle Suite, Centre for Conservation

Price: Free

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'Catch me if you can: Rubato and ensemble flexibility among British clarinettists on record, 1898-1953'

Just as early-20th-century pianists communicated musical expression by spreading chords and allowing their hands to play ‘out of time’, so wind players embraced ‘untogetherness’ as a necessary feature of expressive performance, be it between between solo and accompaniment, orchestral colleagues, or members of a chamber ensemble. 

Using recordings of clarinettists held at the British Library, including unique early recordings of works by the largely forgotten British composer Richard Walthew, this talk explores the changing stylistic vernacular among British wind players during the first half of the 20th century.

Edison Visiting Research Fellow Emily Worthington studied modern and historical clarinets at the University of York and the Royal College of Music, and recently completed an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of York entitled ‘The Modernisation of Wind Playing in London Orchestras, 1909–1939’. She now combines her research with a busy schedule of chamber music and orchestral work with leading period-instrument ensembles throughout the UK and Europe.