The Cdmc holds a unique collection representing all aesthetics within musical creation. This collection has grown thanks to the collaboration of composers, publishers and Radio France. With a consultation area open to the public, the centre also affords access to many online resources through the Catalogue and the Gateway to Contemporary Music. A beacon of the latest music news with its website, the Cdmc organises encounters with the movers and shakers of contemporary music.
The Cdmc presents a season of encounters, seminars and day study sessions designed to counterpoint the views of specialists and professionals and to spotlight composers and performers. Focussing on topical aspects of the music scene, they are organised in collaboration with the main players of musical creation: ensembles, centres for creation, festivals, etc., as well as with those involved in research, the universities and conservatories. Dédicaces (Dedications): these are encounters featuring newly released books, discs or DVDs.
Co-ordinator: Bernard de Vienne
For his 70th birthday, Carlos Roqué Alsina, composer, pianist and teacher, wished to highlight, through his multifarious activities, the evolution of contemporary music since the 1950s.
This meeting will be the occasion for outlining his æsthetic approach: writing and formal coherence, the essential aim and driving force in the construction of a work.
Establishing the historical lineage of Carlos Roqué Alsina (Brahms, Debussy, Schönberg, Webern, Berio, Stockhausen) involves an investigation of his highly specific rereading of the work of Schönberg (particularly of his atonal period), opposed as it is to the process of generalised structuring of the musical parameters.
At the age of 24 this virtuoso pianist showed his mettle in his impressive Klavierstück III (1962/1965) with a fundamental renewal of twentieth-century piano writing. Moreover, quite apart from the extreme virtuosity, this writing laid down the foundation blocks of a new harmonic logic, of until then unparalleled relationships of density, and contributed to the rejuvenation of the formal logic of a work, as being the consequence of a fully worked out relationship of instrumental gestures and not of an a priori structural approach.
Carlos Roqué Alsina is emblematic of a trend that many post-war composers have followed on the fringes of various schools for which instrumental experimentation is paramount.
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