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Lecture series: Nicholas Cornia

March 27, 2023 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm


Rediscovering the performance practice of musicians in the long 19th century through handwritten annotations on music scores.

FAAM, Flemish Archive for Annotated Music, is a database and research platform aiming to revive the performances of musicians from the 19th and early 20th century through the study of their annotations on music scores. The Heritage Library of the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp provides a substantial collection of historical annotated scores made by Flemish amateur musicians, performers, conductors, and composers of the long 19th century.
Sources with annotations are usually neglected during typical digitalization projects, where the librarians tend to favorise the clearest and most intact exemplars for their digital collections. Yet, scores annotated by musicians of the past provide a huge source for understanding the performance practice of the scribe’s period.
Besides the above-described value for music performers and researchers, the resulting digital corpus will be a valuable resource for testing of new models in the field of Optical Music Recognition and Music Information Retrieval, given the challenges provided by the semantic complexity of Common Western Music Notation

Nicholas Cornia

Nicholas Cornia, born in Rome in 1989, considers himself neither a scientist nor an artist, but rather a special combination of the two. He studied Mathematics and Physics at the University La Sapienza of Rome. After two years as Phd student at the Informatics Department of the University of Amsterdam he decided to dedicate himself to music at the Royal Conservatoire of Ghent, where he studied Classical Singing, Music Theory and Pedagogy. 
Since 2018 he is active as artistic director of the ensemble Le Vecchie Musiche, creating original musical projects based on interdisciplinary research. In 2022, he joined the research group Labo XIX&XX at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp as the main investigator of the FAAM project.
The lecture is free and open to all. Please register by sending a mail to platformdh@uantwerpen.be.


March 27, 2023
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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Antwerpen, 2000 Belgium
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