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The American Musical Instrument Society



Oxford - London - Edinburgh

3 - 9 AUGUST 2003



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Conference administration: Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments

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Chair: Arnold Myers, University of Edinburgh

A.J. Hipkins (1826-1903): a Centenary Perspective

  • Elizabeth Wells, Royal College of Music Museum of Instruments, London
  • Musical instrument making at St Paul's Churchyard, 1660-1725

  • Ben Hebbert, St Cross College, University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K.

    Chair: Carolyn Bryant

    William Lander (1763-1843) of Mere/Wiltshire and His Activities in Musical Instrument Making

  • Sabine Klaus, America's National Music Museum, Landrum, South Carolina, U.S.A.
  • The Köhler Family History: A Re-assessment

  • Lance Whitehead, Royal College of Music, London
  • Henry John Distin (1819-1903): A Centenary Critical Evaluation: Was he the Very Model of a Major Manufacturer ?

  • Lloyd P. Farrar, Norris, Tennessee, U.S.A.
  • Arnold Myers, University of Edinburgh
  • Finishing Touches: The British Role in the Origin of the Modern Cornet

  • Niles Eldredge, The American Museum of Natural History, New York
  • Chair: Frances Palmer, Royal Academy of Music

    Retelling the Story of the British Museum Gittern

  • Kate Buehler, St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A.
  • The Palmer Orpharion - A re-evaluation

  • Darryl Martin, University of Edinburgh
  • Two Late Renaissance Clavichords

  • Lewis Jones, London Metropolitan University
  • Alicja Knast, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

    Chair: Kathryn Shanks Libin, Vassar College

    Towards a Taxonomy of Piano Actions

  • Edwin M. Good, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Harry Edward Freund and His Great Square-Piano Bonfire

  • William E. Hettrick, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
  • The Organized Piano (piano-claviórgano) in Spain: a Preliminary View

  • Beryl Kenyon de Pascual, Madrid
  • The Art Case Piano Stands as an Icon at the Crossroads of Western Culture

  • Maximiliaan Rutten, Miami, Florida

    Chair: Charles Mould

    Culliford & Co: Keyboard Instrument Makers in Georgian London

  • Jenny Nex, Royal College of Music, London
  • Analysis of the Origins of a Large Franco-"Flemish" Double-Manual Harpsichord: Would a Ruckers by any Other Name Sound as Sweet ?

  • Grant O'Brien, University of Edinburgh
  • The Harpsichord by Lodewyk Theewes, London, 1579: its History and Significance

  • Malcolm Rose, Lewes, East Sussex
  • The Tiorbino: an Instrument Built by Harpsichord Makers: Supporting Data and Documents

  • Francesco Nocerino, Naples, Italy
  • Chair: Trevor Herbert, The Open University

    The 17th century - Non-Destructive Analysis of Early English "Brass" Trumpets By X-Ray Fluorescence

  • Louise Bacon, The Horniman Museum, London
  • Nicks, Kerfs, and Joints: the Story of the Cornett, 1750-1850, as Revealed in Documents and Instruments

  • Stewart Carter, Wake Forest University
  • Nomen est Omen: the French Horn in England during the Nineteenth and First Half of the Twentieth Century

  • E. Bradley Strauchen, The Horniman Museum & Gardens, London
  • Gautrot's Valve Improvements

  • Bruno Kampmann, Paris
  • Rhodolph Hall: Nineteenth-Century American Keyed Bugle, Cornet and Clarinet Soloist

  • Robert Eliason,
    Lyme, New Hampshire

    Chair: Thomas MacCracken

    Recent Reconstructions of the Geigenwerk

  • Carolyn W. Simons
  • Stradivari's Viols

  • Myrna Herzog, Bar Ilan University, Israel
  • Acoustical concepts in early string instrument-making

  • Herbert Heyde, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Another Juggler: Instruments and Instrumentalists in Early Modern Oxford

  • Michael Fleming, Oxford
  • Chair: Ken Moore, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

    Frédéric Triebert (1813-1878), Designer of the Modern Oboe: Newly Found Archival Documents Featuring the Inventory and Auction of his Musical Instrument Enterprise

  • Tula Giannini, Pratt Institute
  • The Piccolo: a Study of its History and Development

  • Danielle Eden, Sydney, Australia
  • The Kanun: Traditional and Modern Turkish Style Structure, Construction, Education System and Performance Techniques

  • S. Sehvar Besiroglu, Musicology Department, State Conservatory, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
  • Endingidi: An African Instrument with a Lasting Impact

  • Elizabeth Ndagire, Kampala, Uganda
  • Engoma (Drums): The Heart of A Culture in East Africa

  • James K. Makubuya, Wabash College, USA

    Chair: Graham Wells

    Musical Instrument Design Optimization Replacing Original Construction Materials for Polymers: The Case of the Guitar and the Charango

  • Kerry M. Sheehy, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Virgilio Peña Haro, Ricardo Palma University, Lima, Peru
  • New and Innovated Musical Instruments and the Birth of the Patent System in 19th-century Italy

  • Gabriele Rossi-Rognoni, Galleria dell'Accademia, Museo degli Strumenti Musicali, Florence, Italy
  • 19th-Century Amateur Music Societies and the Changes of Instrument Construction : their Evolution Caught Between Passivity and Progress

  • Jean-Yves Rauline, University of Rouen, France
  • Consorts of Musettes in 17th-Century France

  • James B. Kopp, Hoboken, New Jersey
  • Making a National Collection for a National Instrument: Bagpipes in the National Museums of Scotland

  • Hugh Cheape, National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh
  • Chair: Hélène La Rue, University of Oxford

    An Unusual 18th-century Upright Piano by the Edinburgh-based maker, Richard Horsburgh

  • John Cranmer, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff
  • Pedal Effects on an Early English Piano: Lecture-Demonstration

  • Susanne Skyrm, Vermillion

    Chair: Jeremy Montagu

    Transitions in American Snare Drums

  • Jayson Dobney, Vermillion

  • Jeremy Montagu, Edmund Bowles and Harrison Powley

  • This one-hour session will consist of presentations by Edmund Bowles and Harrison Powley, with contributions by Jeremy Montagu, who will also chair the session.

    Altered Timpani Parts and Plastic Heads: Ad libitum and Noisy Playing Gone Wild ?

  • Edmund A. Bowles, Falls Church, Virginia
  • New Discoveries on the Performance of Late 18th-Century Music for Multiple Timpani

  • Harrison Powley, Music School of Music, Brigham Young University
  • Chair: Janet K. Page, University of Memphis

    Tinctoris's Imperfect Dulcina Perfected - the Mary Rose Still Shawm

  • Charles Foster, Aberdeen
  • Historical Bassoon Reed Making: Discovering the Missing Pieces

  • David Rachor, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • Tracing a Curious Bassoon from Lund to Neukirchen

  • Benjamin Vogel, Lund, Sweden
  • Woodwind Instruments of Boosey & Company

  • Kelly J. White, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.
  • British Innovations in Clarinet Design, ca. 1775-1830

  • Albert R. Rice, Fiske Museum, Claremont, California
  • This page updated: 29.7.03; re-published 14.2.13