Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis - ECU Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Arts (Performing Arts)


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

First Advisor

Dr Jonathan W Marshall

Second Advisor

Associate Professor Stewart Smith

Third Advisor

Associate Professor Alexandre Da Costa


This project examines the music of Baroque Venice, along with the musical cultures of the Ottoman Empire, in a bid to explore the possibility that there existed a convergence of these musical styles in Venice during the Baroque era. A variety of methodologies including historical research, assimilation of specialist playing styles and improvisation, along with practice-led research methodology, are used to explore the musical intersections between the Italian Baroque, in particular Venetian violin playing, and the soundscapes of the Ottoman Empire. Through a process of collaboration and self-enquiry the project explores the current context of disparate musical cultures, cross-cultural collaboration, and the use of improvisation as a means of facilitating human connection. Two recitals are presented - Where the Desert Meets the Sea, and 1001 Nights in the Harem - which seek to bring the worlds of Baroque Venice and Persian, Arabic, and Turkish musical traditions together