Four Centuries of Masterpieces: Keyboards and Their Music
May 14 to 17, 2014
University of South Dakota
About the Conference
The National Music Museum (NMM) on the campus of the University of South Dakota (USD) will host the third annual meeting of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA) from Wednesday, May 14, to Saturday, May 17, 2014. Inspired by the breadth of the NMM’s superlative collection of historical harpsichords, clavichords, organs, and early pianos, the theme “Four Centuries of Masterpieces: Keyboards and Their Music” will be celebrated in a series of evening recitals featuring performances of great works of music played on outstanding original instruments from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. Among planned highlights will be the public premieres of the NMM’s magnificent Renaissance harpsichord, made in Naples about 1530; a beautiful spinet by Charles Haward, London, 1689; the well-known but newly refurbished harpsichord by Jacques Germain, Paris, 1785; and a recently acquired Broadwood grand piano of 1854. For further information about the NMM and its collections please visit www.nmmusd.org.
Three days of morning and afternoon events (Thursday to Saturday), in addition to further presentations featuring instruments at the NMM, will include papers, lecture-recitals, mini-recitals, and an exhibition of publications, recordings, and contemporary instrument makers’ work, these taking place in USD’s capacious new Muenster University Center, a short walk from the NMM. Proposals for individual presentations or for themed sessions with multiple participants on any subject relating to historical keyboard instruments, their use and repertories from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century are welcome.
Call for Proposals
Please submit proposals by electronic means only, via e-mail to the Program Chair (John.Koster@usd.edu) by January 15, 2014. Individual presentations will be limited to 25 minutes. For papers, submit a one-page abstract attached to the e-mail as a Microsoft Word document and a brief biography. For themed sessions, panel discussions, etc., please include the names and brief biographies of all proposed participants. For mini-recitals and lecture recitals, submit complete program information and a representative recording (as an internet link or as an attached MP3 file). For performers not intending to bring their own instruments or to make arrangements to use exhibitors’ instruments, two fine modern copies after historical models will be available: a two-manual five-octave in the French style and a fortepiano in the Viennese style, 5+ octaves (FF to g”’). Notification of accepted proposals will be made by February 15. Presenters must register for the conference and cover their own travel and other expenses.