MOSSCentre for Music on Stage and Screen

Representations of Early Music on Stage and Screen

REMOSS is a new and exciting study group, hosted at the University of Nottingham’s Centre for Music on Stage and Screen (MOSS).

We seek to bring together participants from a diverse range of fields to discuss representations of Early Music (broadly construed as pre-classical) in film and television, opera, ballet and theatre, and videogames etc.



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 expect to establish 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 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.



Past events

Representations of Early Music on Stage and Screen Study Day, Friday 8 April 2016, Birmingham Conservatoire. For details, see Programme here PDF format.

Representations of Early Music on Stage and Screen Study Day, 12 June 2015, University of Nottingham. Programme here PDF format.


Centre for Music on Stage and Screen

Department of Music
The University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 4755
fax: +44 (0)115 951 4756