Thu 19 Mar 2020, 6.30–8pm
Cass Research Seminars:


Room GSG-15
The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design
London E1 7TP

Violins by Jon Kalish

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Alicja Knast: Bowed instruments made in Polish-speaking lands between 1550 and 1750: attribution and historiography in European perspective. The distinctive designs of Polish bowed musical instruments made ca 1650-1750, attributed to Marcin Groblicz and One Dankwart, raise questions concerning their provenance and relation to European Lutherie at the time. Initial research shows that careful study of similarities and differences in the design, manufacturing, distribution, and socio-economic context of bowed instrument-making will not only shed light on Polish instruments, but also advance better understanding of varieties and traditions of designs in other European stringed instruments, workshops and schools of making. Methods used are a mixture of ‘hands-on’ experiences with instruments, including dendrochronology in collaboration with other specialists, research based on archival records, and investigation of the socio-economic contexts.

About Cass Research Seminars

Cass Research Seminars are a series of public conversations which enable researchers to test and present their ideas in conversation with peers and a broader audience. The sessions seek cross-fertilisation of ideas and provoke discussion. Typically, they consist of two to three presentations of 15 minutes each followed by chaired discussion.

We had a productive year in 2017/18. Presenters found that the session deepened their work and added unexpected avenues to their thinking. All are welcome at Cass Research Seminars, both from inside and outside The Cass. For more information email and follow us on Twitter for the latest information @CassResearch

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