The last stage of a three-year project, this conference has been organised by Gianmario Borio, Pascal Decroupet and Christoph Neidhöfer and funded by the Ernst von Siemens-Musikstiftung. The focus will be on a key issue in 20th-century music theory: the principles and characteristics of the harmonic dimension in post-tonal composition. This part of the project explores the compositional techniques and theoretical elaborations of the three decades after the Second World War. It follows on from an initial meeting of the research group in 2019, the starting point for a panel held by the coordinators and some members of the group at the 85th Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society (2019).
The monographic conference papers will deal with Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, John Cage, Elliott Carter, Brian Ferneyhough, Gérard Grisey, György Ligeti, Bruno Maderna, Olivier Messiaen, Luigi Nono, Henri Pousseur and Bernd Alois Zimmermann.
Participants: Jonathan Bernard, David W. Bernstein, Paolo Dal Molin, Pascal Decroupet, François-Xavier Féron, Oliver Korte, Catherine Losada, Christopher Brent Murray, Christoph Neidhöfer, Susanna Pasticci, Cordula Pätzold and Ingrid Pustijanac.
On the occasion of the conference, on 12 July at 7:00 PM, there will be a concert in the Auditorium ‘Lo Squero’ (free admission) by the mdi Ensemble composed of:
Sonia Formenti flute
Paolo Casiraghi clarinet
Lorenzo Derinni violin
Paolo Fumagalli viola
Giorgio Casati cello
Valentina Messa piano
The Ensemble will play:
Niccolò Castiglioni Gymel (1960), per flauto e pianoforte
Elliott Carter Esprit rude/esprit doux (1985), per flauto e clarinetto
Luigi Nono “Hay que caminar” soñando (1989), per due violini
Giacomo Manzoni Frase (1988), per clarinetto e pianoforte
Bernd Alois Zimmermann Intercomunicazione (1967), per violoncello e pianoforte
Pierre Boulez Improvisé – Pour le Dr. Kalmus (1969), per flauto, clarinetto, viola, violoncello e pianoforte