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PhD celebrations of Teunis van der Zwart: 'Giovanni Punto (1746-1803), Cor Basse Célèbre'

We 18 Oct 2023 15:00 – 17:00, Lecture Demonstration - Studio 5, Amare, Spuiplein 150, The Hague
Th 19 Oct 2023 11:15 – 11:45, Public Defence - Great Auditorium Academy Building, Leiden University, Rapenburg 73 Leiden

You are cordially invited to the public defence by Teunis van der Zwart of the research project entitled 'Giovanni Punto (1746-1803) - Cor Basse Célèbre’.

On 19 October at 11h15, Teunis van der Zwart will defend his dissertation in the Academy Building of Leiden University. The defence will be preceded by a lecture demonstration by the candidate on 18 October 15h00 - 16h00 at The Royal Conservatoire The Hague. The lecture demonstration and defence will be in English.

Teunis van der Zwart’s research focused on how the horn player Giovanni Punto sounded when he impressed audiences throughout Europe, and which elements of his playing might contribute to a more diverse performance practice of solo horn parts and chamber music for horn from the classical period. Important facets of Punto's heritage seem to have faded from the collective consciousness of horn players and their audiences over the past two centuries. The chapters of this thesis all explore that lost legacy.

A different sound ideal, with a distinction in timbre between cor alto (high horn) and cor basse (low horn), more diversity in articulation and the addition of more or less spontaneous ornamentation, are the most striking differences between what is documented in sources from the performance practice around 1800 and the current standard.

*There is a Livestream available for those who cannot attend the ceremony.

Lecture Demonstration

In the lecture demonstration, Teunis van der Zwart argues and demonstrates what the artistic potential of Giovanni Punto's horn playing has been and what its added value could be for a more diverse performance practice in our time.

With the collaboration of Christopher Price, cor alto.

The lecture demonstration is free to attend, but please register here.

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