Historically Informed Practice meets modern pedagogy Jean-Franรงois Madeuf - Royal Conservatory Brussels
The purpose of my PhD-project is an artistically and theoretically in-depth research of the natural trumpet: its playing techniques and style, historical context, literature and repertoire. My research is not only based on historical research but, as a musician, I will also judge whether the given information in the historical treatises (or other sources) is valuable for the technique of the instrument and for the interpretation. In this paper I will focus on a few examples from the 17th and 18th century. More precisely I will analyse a chapter of the Harmonie Universelle (1636) of the theoretician Marin Mersenne (1588-1648) and I will be verifying his theoretical findings against at least three items of my historical practice performance. Another example will be taken from the repertoire at the end of the 18th Century.