Historically-informed Performance


DeNOTE, one of the research centres at the IMR, is devoted to bringing together scholars and practitioners in the field of eighteenth-century music. Since its foundation by John Irving in 2009, DeNOTE's remit within the field of Historically Informed Performance has highlighted practical outcomes within its broad consideration of the reciprocal influence of performance and scholarship. In particular, through the professional work of Ensemble DeNOTE (www.denote.org.uk), it has pursued specific projects such as composer self-arrangements: performer creativity; and genre, applying practitioner research to innovative realisations of Mozart Piano Concertos and Beethoven's chamber music, and a CD recording of Mozart's solo keyboard works on a historic clavichord (www.mozartclavichord.org.uk).

Mozart's Kegelstatt Trio, K498: An Eighteenth-Century Conversation is a video documentary and performance of Mozart's unique trio for clarinet, viola and piano (1786). Ensemble DeNOTE explore a variety of historically informed approaches to the work in rehearsal and performance using period instruments and playing styles. Rehearsal techniques, improvisation and performer creativity more generally, along with factors such as organology and the effect of period instruments on performance narratives, articulation and ensemble balance, all come under the spotlight in this film directed by Colin Still and edited by Jane Clegg for Optic Nerve productions.

The recording was made at Finchcocks Musical Museum, Goudhurst, Kent in May-June 2012. Ensemble DeNOTE are Jane Booth (clarinet), Peter Collyer (viola) and John Irving (fortepiano).


Mozart Kegelstatt Trio documentary

Mozart Kegelstatt Trio performance