Royal Society for Music History of The Netherlands

KVNM RENTRÉE 2022: research in progress

KVNM RENTRÉE 2022: research in progress

a mini-symposium for new research ideas


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Saturday, 24 september 2022

14.00–17.00 hours (walk-in from 13.30 hours) 
Location: Muziekzaal Parnassos (Kruisstraat 201, Utrecht | route)

Language: Dutch and English

> Participation: free, after registration via this form



The Royal Society for Dutch Music History organises the KVNM Rentrée 2022! The focus of this mini-symposium lies on new research. Researchers will present their latest ideas in short presentations and then enter into discussion with other participants. The idea is that the discussion will lead to new insights that can further the presented research. The topics are diverse: from the use of partimento pedagogy for improvisation to the influence of antidepressants on tone perception. There will be an opportunity for drinks and informal exchange after the event. 



13:30 – Walk-in

14:00 – Opening

14:10 – Mirjam Visscher: 'CANTOSTREAM: tonale praktijk in de 16e en 17e eeuw met een big data benadering'

14:40 – Siep de Groot: 'Verstoring van de toonperceptie door het gebruik van antidepressiva. Een onverwacht zeldzame en ongewenste bijwerking voor een violist'

15:10 – Robert de Bree: 'Partimento for monodische instrumenten'

15:40 – Break

15:55 – Joris van Son: 'Het Utrechts collegium musicum in de achttiende eeuw: een gedeelde elitecultuur?'

16:25 – Sydney Schelvis: 'Drum ’n Bass: Rolling and Flowing (door Amsterdam)'

16:55 – Closing


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Speaker biographies

Mirjam Visscher

Mirjam Visscher is a PhD candidate in Computational Musicology at Utrecht University. Mirjam graduated in Musicology and studied the oboe at The Hague Conservatory. After graduating, Mirjam did lots of data advisory work in Dutch organizations, and until recently was a Big Data Analytics Teacher at The Hague Graduate School. The CANTOSTREAM project investigates the development of tonal practice (modality and tonality) in the 16th and 17th century from a computational perspective. Currently, they are working on segmenting recordings of polyphonic music to build cadence profiles of compositions.


Joris van Son

Joris van Son is a PhD student at Utrecht University and historical researcher at Museum Havezate Mensinge (Roden). He studied Art and Culture Studies (BA) in Rotterdam and Musicology (ResMA) in Utrecht and Glasgow. His specific interests are in music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Dutch elite culture, wooncultuur and klaviermuziek. Joris' PhD research examines the extent to which the musical practice of eighteenth-century nobles and patricians contributed to a shared Dutch elite culture. In his contribution "The Utrecht collegium musicum in the eighteenth century: A shared elite culture?", Joris discusses some research results of his first case study: the Utrecht collegium musicum. The music college was pre-eminently a place of civilised entertainment for nobility and patricians of various plumage.


Siep de Groot

Siep de Groot started playing the violin at the age of eight, wanted to go to the conservatory in Amsterdam, but chose to study medicine at the University of Groningen. He was a general practitioner in the Frisian countryside for 33 years. In this profession, he carried out three scientific studies and published about them. In addition, he continued to play the violin actively. He founded a zigeunerorkest, a salon orchestra and a baroque ensemble, with which he often performed. Siep participated in several symphonic projects and studied violin with Bouw Lemkes in Utrecht. He is currently first violinist in the Veenkoloniaal symfonieorkest in Groningen and in the Hineni symfonieorkest in Nijkerk and plays a lot of chamber music. His contribution today concerns the "Disturbance of tone perception by the use of antidepressants. An unexpectedly rare and undesirable side effect for a violinist."


Robert de Bree

Robert de Bree teaches historical improvisation at the Conservatory in The Hague. He regularly teaches and lectures about improvisation, for example at the University of Texas, Liszt Music Academy (Budapest), the MentiParti Partimento course (Basel) or his YouTube channel. An oboist and recorder player, Robert performs, records and improvises all over Europe. His contribution today focuses on partimento for monodic instruments. Partimento pedagogy (at the keyboard) can be used to teach improvisation, analysis, solfege and contemporary music theory. How can we use this powerful tool on monodic instruments? Using the three main types of instrumental repertoire from the time (solo, solo +b.c., trio), Robert researches how to improvise and teach Partimento.

Sydney Schelvis
Sydney Schelvis is a Dutch musicologist currently working on his PhD project about movement on and beyond the dance floor as a catalyst for changes in urban dynamics. He obtained his BA & MA in musicology and rMA Art Studies at the University of Amsterdam, where he is currently a lecturer.  For his PhD pilot study, Sydney analyes the migratory mechanisms underpinning drum ’n bass. He determines the factors that establish a connection between the music and the members of its scene, and especially the factors (e.g. age and financial capital) that induce the scene’s movement in the city.