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Capturing Art with Machines: Player Piano Discoveries. Lecture-performance by Stephen Husarik, Professor of Humanities/Music History, at the University of Arkansas -- Fort Smith. Prof. Husarik serves as Head Carillonneur at the Donald W. Reynolds Bell Tower. He has performed and read papers on musical topics at conferences throughout Europe and the United States.

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School of Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Room 25, Smith Memorial Hall
Mar 26, 2020   7:30 - 9:00 pm  
William Heiles
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Campus Humanities Calendar

Musical theorists have attempted to determine what comprises a good musical performance for over two centuries. It wasn’t until a hundred ago, however, that engineers believed they identified the parameters of artistic playing and invented player pianos. The resulting machines and their digital paper rolls have become a treasure trove of information about artistic playing, piano technique and even recovery of lost musical compositions. Dr. Stephen Husarik will perform live comparisons on the piano and play recording of mechanical instruments to illustrate the amazing information that has been retrieved from this digital medium.

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