ABOUT POSSIBLE STRATEGIES FOR THE INTERPRETATION OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
This lecture by musicologist Björn Gottstein builds on a talk presented at a joint conference of the Akademie der Künste Berlin and the research project “Music Theatre between the poles of notation and performance” of the Freie Universität Berlin in 2010. Gottstein is a musicologist and journalist from Stuttgart, Germany, whose specialties are modernism, the avant-garde,and electronic music. He regularly hosts and produces new music programs for the public radio stations in Germany and is currently editor for contemporary music at the Südwestrundfunk and artistic director for the Eclat festival Stuttgart.
“STAGED MUSIC”: COMPOSITION AS INTERPRETATION or COMPOSING LITERAL READINGS
Steen-Andersen´s later works concentrate on integrating concrete elements in the music and emphasizing the physical and choreographic aspects of instrumental performance. In this lecture, Steen-Andersen describes his search for music´s inherent staging possibilities such as the exploration of the audio visual space or the idea of movement as sound, and draws upon his latest projects, Inszenierte Nacht and Black Box Music, as well as Buenos Aires, a chamber opera to be premiered at Ultima Festival 2014.
MUSIC IN THE FOREGROUND: CHRISTOPH MARTHALER´S MUSIC THEATRE
Marthaler´s “musicalisation” of the theatrical stage has in the last decades been instrumental for the development of new dramaturgies in the field of composed music theatre. His musical theatre blends opera and pop songs, musicals and newly written material. His performances challenge the idea of musical masterpieces and musical style in a playful and precise manner while showing knowledge of and love for the different genres.
Singer and actress Tora Augestad works closely with the Swiss theatre director and musician Christoph Marthaler. Since 2009, she has participated in six of his projects. Critic and editor Hild Borchgrevink and Tora Augestad talk about how performers are involved in the development of a Marthaler-performance. Borchgrevink has followed Marthaler's work in recent years and has written about it for the Norwegian Shakespeare and Theatre Magazine.