Conducting the first performance

Thursday 10 December 2009 - 18:00
Conducting the first performance

At the Cdmc, from 18h to 20h

It is to be welcomed that many conductors conduct new works as much as repertory standards. However, is there a specific way of conducting today’s music, of tackling a new piece? Although the presence on stage of the conductor in itself raises questions (one might indeed wonder what the precise role is of this musician who emits no sound, whether the musical result is so different from one conductor to another and whether the conductor is ultimately indispensable), we shall in fact be examining his relationship to creation.

Pierre-André Valade, conductor, musical director of Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen,
Jean Deroyer, conductor, musical director of the ensemble Court-Circuit,
Jean-Marie Cottet, pianist and Pierre Dutrieu, clarinet, members of the ensemble Court-Circuit will discuss the following themes:

How can one learn to conduct?
Is it possible to teach conducting?
The music of today/the music of the past: what are the specificities with regard to conducting?
Conducting an ensemble/conducting an orchestra
What notation is needed for effective conducting?
Gesturing and musical gestures
The musicians vis-à-vis the conductor

Moderator: Philippe Hurel

Concert on 11 December at 19h in the Paris Conservatory
Salle Maurice Fleuret

Yann Maresz Entrelacs for flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, cello and double bass
Gérard Grisey Périodes for flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, viola, cello and double bass
Hugues Dufourt Watery Stars for flute, clarinet, oboe, horn, percussion, violin viola and cello
Hans Peter Kyburz Danse aveugle for flute, clarinet, piano, violin and cello

Students from the conducting class of Zsolt Nagy
Ensemble Court-Circuit
Pierre-André Valade, guest conductor

Coproduction Cdmc – Court-circuit - Cnsmdp