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Martyna Wlodarczyk

I am a Ph.D. student in Music History & Literature. My research interests include virtue and human passion as affect in the eighteenth-century instrumental music, the history of emotions, and how the metaphysics of morals serve as a background for understanding musical semiology of the Age of Enlightenment. I am also interested in the relationality between human and instrumental voices within the early romantic piano and singing schools. My most recent project observes “żal”, as described by Liszt in 1852, within Chopin’s music, and seeks relationships between folk religion, improvisatory keyboard practices, and the composer’s molding of the musical text.

I was born and raised in Poland, and completed my B.Mus. in modern piano performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Afterwards, I spent two years studying historical keyboards at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland. My highlights included a performance on the Broadwood piano in front of Queen Elizabeth II, the complete Parthenia on the sixteenth-century virginal at the British Library, and the premiere of G. F. Haas’s Ceremony on Vicentino’s clavemusicum omnitonum, as well as lecture-recitals on classic music and rhetorics during the festivals in Edinburgh, Dartington, London, Amsterdam, Basel, and Boston.