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Technology for the Music of Greek and Roman Antiquity: From Past to Present

Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage, Cremona (Italy), 12–14 June 2023

Organising Committee: Marco Malagodi, Eleonora Rocconi, Federica Scicolone (University of Pavia, Italy)

Scientific Committee: Claudio Canevari, Luciana Festa, Marco Malagodi, Eleonora Rocconi (University of Pavia, Italy); Stefan Hagel, Chrēstos Terzēs, Kamila Wysłucha (Austrian Academy of Science, Austria); Daniela Castaldo (MOISA President, Università del Salento, Italy); Sylvain Perrot (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Strasbourg, France); Stelios Psaroudakēs (University of Athens, Greece)

In recent years, modern technology has proved to be very helpful in the study of Greek and Roman music. It is thanks to technology that the study and evaluation of material finds (i.e. musical instruments) and acoustic environments (especially theatres) – the privileged object of investigation of disciplines such as music archaeology and archaeoacoustics – have greatly advanced modern understanding of timbres, pitches and scales used in the music of ancient times, helping convert the data inferred from the findings into audible information and supporting the construction of good replicas (both actual and virtual) of the instruments on a scientific basis. The progress of digital humanities, which have allowed access to a limitless quantity of data and metadata and optimised their application and reuse in scholarship and education, has had a substantial impact on this field of studies.

But modern technology can also provide clues to materials and construction techniques that we thought were lost, helping scholars understand ancient technology and enabling restorers to reconstruct the history of musical artifacts as well as apply the best conservation approaches and treatments to them. The presence in Cremona of a scientific lab specifically devoted to this kind of research (the Arvedi Laboratory of non-invasive diagnostics) and of an academic course on Conservation and Restoration of Musical and Scientific Instruments makes the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage a unique venue for hosting a conference on these topics.

The purpose of the 14th conference of MOISA (The International Society for the Study of Greek and Roman Music and Its Cultural Heritage) is twofold:

- to investigate the possible applications of ‘new’ technologies to the study and reconstruction of Greek and Roman music, including musical instruments and documents, visual evidence, soundscapes, and so on (methodological papers as well as presentations of projects are included);

to explore the ‘ancient’ technologies used by the Greeks and the Romans to analyse musical data (pitches, scales, timbres) and acoustic principles as well as to construct musical artifacts (instruments and automata) and provide better acoustic properties in performance venues. This topic of interest includes the reception of these ancient ideas in later centuries.

As part of this event, a specific section will be dedicated to presenting the first results of an important collaboration recently launched between the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage in Cremona and the National Archaeological Museum of Naples on the musical instruments of Pompeii.



The PROGRAMME of the conference may be found here.

A MAP of the conference venues may be found here.

The Concert Programme may be found here.

For further information, please contact Eleonora Rocconi (



Egert Pöhlmann (University of Erlangen, Germany), CV

Federica Pozzi (Centro per la Conservazione ed il Restauro dei Beni Culturali “La Venaria Reale”, Turin, Italy), CV


CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (in alphabetic order)

Barnaby Brown (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, UK), abstract

Claudio Canevari and Luciana Festa (Università di Pavia, Italy), abstract

Laurent Capron (Centre Jean Pépin, UMR 8230 – Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, École Normale Supérieure, France), abstract

Stefan Hagel and Kamila Wysłucha (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria), abstract

Peter Kotiuga (Boston University, USA), abstract

Florian Leitmeir (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany), abstract

James Thomas Lloyd (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria), abstract

Marco Malagodi (Università di Pavia, Italy), abstract

Jennifer McLish (Florida State University, USA) and Timothy Moore (Washington University in St. Louis, USA), abstract

Maria Morisco (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Italy)

Felipe Nascimento de Araujo (University of State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil/Université de Strasbourg, France), abstract

Sylvain Perrot (UMR ArcHiMèdE – Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, University of Strasbourg, France), abstract

Antonietta Provenza (Università di Palermo, Italy), abstract

Stelios Psaroudakēs (National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece), abstract

Massimo Raffa (Università del Salento, Italy), abstract

Eleonora Rocconi (Università di Pavia, Italy), abstract

Claudina Romero Mayorga (Ure Museum, University of Reading, UK), abstract          

Marco Sciascia (Lotos Lab, Italy), abstract

Chrḗstos Terzḗs (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria), abstract

Fabio Vergara Cerqueira (Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil), abstract