About us

The Representation of Early Music on Stage and Screen study group (REMOSS) is hosted by Birmingham Conservatoire and is a collective of scholars and artists interested in how the musical past is evoked or reimagined in novel and exciting ways musically in stage and screen media. Topics at recent conferences and roundtables have ranged from contemporary British Opera, to historical drama on TV and high-fantasy videogame.

The practice of scoring the past, via diverse musical practices has been relatively under-explored. The practice is sometimes seemingly contradictory, but often highly innovative. We hope, through our discussions, to go some way towards explaining the manifold ways in which composers, directors and programmers can use a combination of pre-existent and newly composed materials, creatively, to represent (or even re-compose) the past.

By bringing together surrounding (and occasionally divergent) debates regarding authenticity, anachronism, orientalism, with discussions of a diverse range of compositional practices, we have established a fruitful forum for the exploration of the representation of Early Music on stage and screen.

Areas of interest

Current topics of interest fall broadly into the following categories listed below:

Otherness and Authenticity (/Authenticities):

  • Orientalism (the past is a different country)
  • Performance practice
  • Geography (and its representation/signification)
  • Living traditions
  • Anachronism (deliberate or ‘accidental’)

Re-composition and the re-use of the past:

  • Musical vocabularies for evoking the ‘early’ and the ‘other’ (pedals, modes, etc.)
  • Pastiche
  • Creative use of the past – technical, material (c.f. Neoclassicism)
  • Parody

We welcome further suggestions for topics of interest.

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