Au début du XIXe siècle l’art de l’arrangement vit son âge d’or : à une époque qui ne connait pas encore de reproduction technique du son, la publication de transcriptions de symphonies, concertos et opéra pour petits ensembles permet l’écoute ou l’évocation au salon des œuvres destinées au concert public ou au théâtre. La redécouverte de cette pratique dans toute son ampleur et sa créativité est le propos de ce projet de recherche. A travers l’analyse et l’étude musicale des partitions, il ambitionne non seulement à la compréhension historique et esthétique du phénomène, mais à la reconstruction et l’expérimentation d’un savoir-faire, celui de l’arrangement, qui était propre aux musiciens de l’époque et que la modernité a progressivement oublié. La vie musicale parisienne dans la première moitié du XIXe siècle fera de cadre historique à la recherche en raison de la centralité que la ville acquiert au cours de la période.
Paraphrase - Experimental organism on the body of the musician, its qualities and contexts takes the body of the musician as subject and proposes an exercise that departs from the repertoire for solo clarinet containing movements beyond the ones commonly considered as part of the music-making body and continues proposing an experimentation based on an acoustic feedback set-up where movement, sound and space have a different relation among them in what the instrument of composition is concerned.
Besides that, it proposes a shared experimentation with the same set-up between musicians and dancers to enlarge the method of comparison.
On the international stage, we are seeing an increasing presence and growing phenomenon of musical-gestural pieces. Musical-gestural pieces feature prominently physical elements for visual aesthetics, explicitly notated by the composer. Notated as musical scores, performed by highly trained musicians, the role of the musical-gestural performer is one that spans multiple disciplines, between music and movement, and requires a multifaceted and highly skilled interpreter with specific capabilities. The rise of this genre, demands investigation from the point of view of the performer providing insight for future artists and academics in this field.
My doctoral trajectory will investigate the collaborative process in musical-gestural pieces. I will develop a performance practice allowing understanding of the skills required, with a focus on notational and practice problematics, and the physical embodiment of the pieces during the process. Research in the genre of musical-gestural pieces will be completed through artistic collaborations with composers in this field, through analysis and examination of the process, and through public performances. Necessary understanding of this phenomenon will create informed composers and performers, and allow the artistic community the unique opportunity to better comprehend this genre, generating broader interest in new musical-gestural works.
As a fluid development form my concept of compositional practice as the either conscious or subconscious reuse and re-processing of pre-existing materials, and so from the idea that all new music is necessarily embedded with the historical, I propose a new historical mode for Early Music wherein curation, editing, and performance are identified as fundamentally creative activities. I propose the application of poststructural philosophy and contemporary historical theory by Michel Foucault, Hayden White, Roland Barthes, Keith Jenkins, and other to the practice of Early Music. My objective is both to shed the Romanticist and Modernist aesthetics and theory inherent in recent research and performance of music written before 1800 and to suggest a new aesthetic and theory where history operates outside of empiricism and narrativity.