PhD Defence Teunis van der Zwart - Giovanni Punto (1746-1803), Cor Basse Célèbre

Geplaatst op 10 okt. 2023

Teunis vd zwart phd defense
On October 19, 2023, Teunis van der Zwart defended his doctoral research at University Leiden.

Thursday 19 October 2023

Time11:15 - 12:00

Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden


  • Prof.dr. D. Fabris
  • Prof. F.C. de Ruiter
  • Prof.dr. A.G.M. Koopman

Teunis van der Zwart’s research focused on how the horn player Giovanni Punto sounded when he impressed audiences throughout Europe, and which elements of his playing might contribute to a more diverse performance practice of solo horn parts and chamber music for horn from the classical period. Important facets of Punto's heritage seem to have faded from the collective consciousness of horn players and their audiences over the past two centuries. The chapters of this thesis all explore that lost legacy.

A different sound ideal, with a distinction in timbre between cor alto (high horn) and cor basse (low horn), more diversity in articulation and the addition of more or less spontaneous ornamentation, are the most striking differences between what is documented in sources from the performance practice around 1800 and the current standard.