Historically Informed Performance: Renaissance Repertoire and Jiangnan sizhu

Thursday 12th September, 4:30-5:30pm in Academic Building Auditorium

Performed by Prof. Xavier Bouvier and Students from the Geneva Haute Ecole de Musique

With its roots in the 19th century interest for early music, historically informed performance of western music has developed from the 1970s onwards into a mainstream movement. Such practice is based on various approaches, including philology, organology and iconography. More recently, however, there has been a renewed interest in historically informed improvisation and ornamentation. This presentation will explore these practices, and compare them with similar processes in Jiangnan sizhu music. Music examples will be played on period instruments by students of the Early Music Department of Geneva Haute Ecole de Musique.


Prof. Xavier Bouvier is the Director of the Ethnomusicology Department at the Geneva Haute Ecole de Musique. His research is focused on 18th century French music theory with additional interests in Chinese and Indian music, intercultural dimensions of the creative processes, cultural borrowing, intercultural music theory and cultural diplomacy. He plays piano and viola da gamba.

*This event is open to the entire DKU community.