Take a step back in time with Historically Informed Performance

From gut strings to rigorous academic research: passionate practitioners of historical performance discuss the challenges and joys of recreating the sounds of the past.

Historically informed performance (HIP) is a musical discipline aimed at recreating music that’s true to its period, as it would have been produced and performed in salons and theatres some two or three hundred years ago.

While we may never know exactly how a Bach violin sonata or a Mozart symphony sounded when first written and performed, music scholars can show how the instruments were made and played in each period, allowing us to experience a little vicarious musical time travel in the auditorium and in recordings.

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Dr Diana Carroll is a writer, speaker, and reviewer based in Adelaide. Her work has been published in newspapers and magazines including the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Woman's Day, and B&T. Writing about the arts is one of her great passions.