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Natural models and imaginary scenarios in the music of Peter Eötvös, François-Bernard Mâche and Jean-Claude Risset
Friday 23 March 2012 - 00:00 to Saturday 24 March 2012 - 00:00
Cdmc | Conservatoire de Paris
Coordination Márta Grabócz
It might at first seem surprising to see the names of these three composers associated in the same project. However, further and more attentive consideration of their works enables one to detect the musical features that clearly link them – though without there being any overt exchange or dialogue between them.
These are what one might call ‘independent’ composers, as they have traced their paths away from cliques and fashion. Part of their creative activity can be placed under the Varèsian sign of a certain ‘idealist futurism’, in the investigation of new sounds and novel structural frameworks. As for the eternal conflict between poetic formalism and a poetic guided by contents or expression, they have consciously experimented both paths, though they seem to show an inclination towards extra-musical references, such as the use of natural, scientific or literary models. They are interested in the musical exploitation of language and human speech, and one final aspect that brings them together is music theatre, instrumental theatre or the imaginary musical scenario. François-Bernard Mâche and Peter Eötvös have been experimenting with music theatre since 1969-1970 and Jean-Claude Risset introduced the idea of an ‘imaginary sound scenario’ in referring to his mixed works.
We hope that these few common aspects in the musical styles of the three composers will open the way to a scientific encounter rich in analytical and æsthetic explorations.
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