Ivan Wyschnegradsky. Ultrachromaticism, between futurism and constructivism

Thursday 27 March 2014 - 09:45

Coordination Pascale Criton, Martine Joste

The aim is to take stock, a necessary task today, of the ultrachromaticism of Ivan Wyschnegradsky and to present a globality of historical, musical and aesthetic data that will shed light on the context of the work and ideas of the Russian composer who settled in Paris in 1920, living there until his death in 1979.

The publication of out-of-print articles and hitherto unreleased writings (Ivan Wyschnegradsky Libération du son, écrits 1916-1979, Lyons, Symétrie, 2013) presents a new look at the composer born in Saint Petersburg in 1893, and enables us, more than a century after his birth, to reconstruct the main lines of a still disconnected story.

The seminar will (re)examine the Russian avant-garde movements of the early twentieth century – the synthesis of the arts, futurism, constructivism, of which it was contemporary, taking into account their presence within the different arts and more particularly within the composer's own original, pioneering work. These perspectives will facilitate a better focus on the position of the aesthetic foundations of ultrachromaticism and on the meaning of the pansonic idea, from the expansion of the use of micro-intervals to the desegregation of the arts in the course of the second half of the twentieth century and these early years of the twenty-first century.

With the participation of Barbara Barthelmes, Lidia Ader, Elena Poldiaeva, Roman Brotbeck, Jean- Claude Marcadé, Pascale Criton, André Lischke, Jean-Yves Bosseur (subject to confirmation).

Ponctuation musicale

Ivan Wyschnegradsky
Trio opus 53 pour trois ondes Martenot

Nathalie Forget, Valérie Hartmann-Claverie, Fabienne Martin-Besnard

Partnership Cdmc – Association Ivan Wyschnegradsky - Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense (EA HARp)