Public Research Seminar: Dr David Baltuch - Can we view orchestral conducting as a metaphor for musical meaning?
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Music is often referred to as a universal language. How much of a language and how universal it is remains subject to investigation. In this paper David Baltuch (Director, Académie de Farciennes, Belgium, and recent PhD graduate of the Conservatoire) will deal with music as performed.
In the first part, Dr Baltuch will summarise his doctoral dissertation, analysing practitioners’ testimonies about orchestral conducting. In the second part, he will address the issue of musical meaning as it appears, notably, through the history of musical performance.
Finally, he will play and discuss part of Mahler’s Second Symphony, conducted respectively by Bernstein and Boulez, in the quest of possible variations of meaning induced by each interpretation. How universally understood these variations are could be the subject of the final discussion with the audience.
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