ONLINE: Instruments webinar

A talk by Alicja Knast and Nick Pyall

This seminar will now be a webinar, available to London Met students and staff using Microsoft Teams. A recording of the webinar will be made available on this web page following the event. 


Alicja Knast

Bowed instruments made in Polish-speaking lands between 1550 and 1750: Attribution and historiography in European perspective

The distinctive designs of Polish bowed musical instruments made ca 1650-1750, attributed to Marcin Groblicz and One Dankwart, raise questions concerning their provenance and relation to European Lutherie at the time. Initial research shows that careful study of similarities and differences in the design, manufacturing, distribution, and socio-economic context of bowed instrument-making will not only shed light on Polish instruments, but also advance better understanding of varieties and traditions of designs in other European stringed instruments, workshops and schools of making. Methods used are a mixture of ‘hands-on’ experiences with instruments, including dendrochronology in collaboration with other specialists, research based on archival records and investigation of the socio-economic contexts.

Nick Pyall

Guitar making and familial connections: Vienna, Markneukirchen and New York in the Nineteenth Century 

On the labels of the guitars they made in New York in the 1830s, Christian Martin and Heinrich Schatz celebrated their association with the Viennese stringed-musical-instrument maker Staufer. However, the lack of extant Martin and Schatz instruments with identifying labels from the beginning of the Nineteenth Century to the time when they immigrated to America is surprising. This paper will ask why this is so and examine the connections between those who travelled to North America and those who stayed behind in Saxony and Austria.

Nick is a guitar maker, teacher of making, player and researcher of the instrument’s history. He currently teaches at the Cass and at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. 


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A shelf full of violins


Date/time Thursday 2 April 2020 at 6.30pm
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