the mandolin symposium

Symposium Historical Mandolin of August 2014
in Kloster Schweinheim, 53881 Euskirchen, Germany

The Symposium Historical Mandolins offers an opportunity for an exchange between professional mandolin players, researchers, string manufacturers and instrument-builders. In addition to the lectures listed below there will be room for discussions, exchange of experience, questions and the unveiling of new discoveries, such as music.

Spoken language will be German and English with translation.

Content of the Symposium - a preview:
1. Arias and Cantatas in the Viennese court in the early 18th century. Music by Conti, Fux, Caldara and Bononcini – Juan Carlos Munoz

2.Court music and the mandolin in Imperial Russia (focus: 2nd half of 18th century) – Natalia Marashova

3.The mandolin in England in the 18th century – Frances Taylor

4.Historical technique on the mandolin in the 17th and beginning of the 18th century – Davide Rebuffa

5.Plectrums made of cherry bark - a documentation of an experiment – Daniel Ahlert
6.An auditive round: historical replicas and originals in comparison ( 4 - and 6 -course mandolin), tuning pitch : 415 Hz

7.Small lutes in painting - Images as a source for instrument history – Prof. em. Marga Wilden – Hüsgen

8."The 730 mandoras" (Paris 1587-1663 ) – Didier Le Roux

The weekend will take part in “Seminarhaus Kloster Schweinheim”. The nearest railway station is in Euskirchen (10 km) and the nearest airport in Cologne/CGN (57 km). In the former convent, there are 8 non-ensuite bedrooms, basic and homely, and 6 new bathrooms. Smoking is strictly forbidden in the entire house. There are other guesthouses nearby, eg. “Gasthaus zur Linde” in Kirchheim (2,4 km) or the “Parkhotel Euskirchen” (10 km).

Course Times
The Symposium will start with lunch at 12.00 on Friday and is will end with lunch on Sunday (12-13.30). Mr Tögel, an excellent cook, will be happy to cater for our culinary needs!