Historical Performance Practice of Post-war Avant-garde Music for Guitar

Documenting practical performer/composer/score relations

Nico Couck
Arthur Cools (promotor), Yves Senden (promotor)
Type musicus:
avant-garde, guitar, lachenmann, performance practice, reconstruction
Gestart in 2014
20ste eeuwse muziek, 21ste eeuwse muziek



Throughout the 20th century, the guitar has proven itself to be an instrument of many possibilities due to the increased interest shown by avant-garde composers. Several of these composers and/or compositions are either rarely performed, or performed with considerable difficulty. 

Transposing from a historical to a contemporary performance practice poses problems of various nature. The key objective of this project is the documentation (and possible reconstruction) of the historical performance practice of such pieces. This result will be achieved through gathering information from historical performers and their collaboration with specifically relevant composers. The case studies to support the research is Helmut Lachenmann’s Salut für Caudwell. The output of the project will be in the form of a written thesis, audio and video recordings, annotated musical scores, and concerts.