Septenary Fund 2020 – Historical Performance Research Seminars

Deadline for proposals, Friday 31st July 2020, midnight UK time.

In lieu of offering conference attendance grants to independent performer-researchers this Summer, we are organising a series of Historical Performance Research Seminars. We are offering four individuals, or groups of individuals, the opportunity to present an aspect of their historical performance research work to an online seminar, organised, publicised and managed by the Septenary Foundation, at a time and date to be arranged with the successful applicants. A fee of £250 will be paid for each contribution, in recognition of the significant loss of earnings faced by many performer-researchers for whom playing concerts is usually a major portion of their income. These seminars are designed to make a small contribution to income replacement, whilst at the same time providing a platform for some of the important research carried out by members of the historical performance community. As we are not able to meet in person at the moment, we are keen to help support the strong sense of community our profession enjoys, and take some time to share ideas and discuss our work.

Proposals are invited for presentations, papers and lecture recitals of up to an hour in length including questions on any subject relating to historical performance practice. Please consider that these seminars will be delivered online, via Zoom, and will need to be structured accordingly. Please note that only one fee can be provided per paper.

Please download the application form from the Septenary Foundation page if you would like to apply to participate in this initiative.

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Septenary Editions is an internet-based publishing house, providing downloadable PDF and printed editions of early music. Our committee of editors are all active performers of this repertoire, and our editions are peer-reviewed and prepared to the highest critical standards. We focus on music that is not readily available as performance material or that has not yet appeared in modern edition.

Our Editions:

Our editions are designed primarily for performance. Editorial intervention is kept to a minimum; we aim to present the material in a form as close as possible to the original, whilst maintaining the clarity of presentation required by the modern performer.

The majority of our editions consist of performance material supplied as downloadable PDFs. We also supply printed editions; these are generally editions of complete collections and come with full scholarly apparatus including critical commentary and editorial notes.

One of our main aims is to provide a platform for newly edited or rarely performed repertoire. Our contributors have experience working with sources from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries and bring their knowledge of the performance of this music to each of our editions.

We are always interested in hearing from potential contributors to our library. Please get in touch if you would like to be a part of this project.

Scores & Parts:

Large-scale works for instruments and voices are available as either score only, or as a performance set. Included in a performance set is a full score, a vocal score (where applicable) and a set of instrumental parts. Instrumental parts are available in different clefs on request.

Instrumental music and music for small ensembles is supplied as a set consisting of score and parts.

When you purchase a PDF download, you will be emailed a link to download your music. These links are limited to the number of times they will work, so please remember to save you files first time!

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We charge standard industry rates for typesetting and can also quote for editorial work on a case-by-case basis. If you have a project that we would be able to publish on completion, we offer a special discounted rate.

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