School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

John Rink, Professor of Musical Performance Studies, University of Cambridge

20 November 2013

Time: 3:00 - 5:00pm
Venue: BR 3.02 Bancroft Road Teaching Rooms Peter Landin Building London E1 4NS

Notes on Notes: The Musicology of Performance

Notes on Notes: The Musicology of Performance
The lecture will situate recent research on performance studies within musicology before surveying the work of two research centres - CHARM ( and CMPCP ( This will culminate in case studies drawn from John Rink’s research on the music of Fryderyk Chopin. The overall aim is to identify new ways of understanding and developing the potential links between ‘thinking’ and ‘doing’ in and through the act of musical performance.

[ For a taste of the material to be presented, please see the Youtube video on the Online Chopin Variorum Edition project]

Biosketch: John Rink is Professor of Musical Performance Studies at the University of Cambridge, Fellow and Director of Studies in Music at St John’s College, and Director of the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice. He specialises in Chopin studies, performance studies, music theory and analysis, and digital applications in musicology. He studied at Princeton University, King’s College London, and the University of Cambridge, where his doctoral research was on the evolution of tonal structure in Chopin’s early music and its relation to improvisation. He also holds the Concert Recital Diploma and Premier Prix in piano from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has published six books with Cambridge University Press, including The Practice of Performance: Studies in Musical Interpretation (1995), Chopin: The Piano Concertos (1997), Musical Performance: A Guide to Understanding (2002), and Annotated Catalogue of Chopin’s First Editions (with Christophe Grabowski; 2010). He is also General Editor of the five-book series Studies in Musical Performance as Creative Practice, which Oxford University Press will publish in 2015.

Host: Elaine Chew, EECS Centre for Digital Music