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Sunday, October 19, 2014 (All day) - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 (All day) Conference - Gérard Grisey, the spectral moment, and its legacy

The premature death of French composer Gérard Grisey (1946–98) cut short one of the most productive and creative musical careers of the twentieth century. Starting in the 1970s, Grisey and other musicians associated with the ensemble l’Itinéraire developed a radically new musical approach that took the physical characteristics of sounds (their acoustical spectra) as a source of inspiration. This new aesthetic, later dubbed “spectral music,” grew from the intersection of science and art, combining the enhanced understanding of sound made possible by technological advances with an aesthetic exploration of the phenomenological experience of musical time and sound colour. Through immersion in the scientific disciplines of acoustics and psychoacoustics, spectralist composers learned to create chords that melted into timbres, illusory combination tones and interference effects, and complex orchestral hybrids blurring the boundary between acoustic and electronic sounds. As the late composer Jonathan Harvey remarked, “spectralism is a moment of fundamental shift after which thinking about music can never be quite the same again.”

This event features an international colloquium and three concerts dedicated to exploring the contemporary legacy of Grisey’s music and compositional thought. The colloquium will take place over three days (19–21 October 2014), with presentations at both the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and the Faculté de Musique of the Université de Montréal. Invited speakers include scholars from the fields of composition (Jean-Luc Hervé, Philippe Hurel, Philippe Leroux), musicology (François-Xavier Féron, Bob Gilmore, Jonathan Goldman, Robert Hasegawa), and music psychology (Stephen McAdams).

The concerts, featuring three prominent Montreal new music ensembles—the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (Lorraine Vaillancourt, dir.), Sixtrum, and the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble (Guillaume Bourgogne, dir.)—will explore Grisey’s creative legacy through live performance. In addition to major works by Grisey (Vortex temporum, Le temps et l’écume and Tempus ex machina) the concerts will feature works by composers associated with the legacy of spectral music including Jean-Luc Hervé, Philippe Hurel, and Philippe Leroux.

For more details, please visit the Grisey Conference website

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (All day) Deadline for Adding/Dropping Courses: Fall Semester
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (All day) Deadline for Adding/Dropping Courses: Winter Semester
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 (All day) Deadline for Withdrawing from a Course: Fall Semester
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 (All day) Deadline for Withdrawing from a Course: Winter Semester

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 20:00 Digital Composition Studio (DCS) Concert Music Multimedia Room

Philippe Leroux and Richard McKenzie, coordinators

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 19:30 Discovery Series: Austin Howle, tuba; Russ DeVuyst, trumpet; and friends Tanna Schulich Hall
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 19:30 Discovery Series: Canadian Music for voice and instruments Tanna Schulich Hall

Brian Cherney, coordinator

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 19:30 Discovery Series: Eric Derr & Sandra Joseph, percussion Music Multimedia Room

Works by Brook, Hart, Sigman and Chen

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 19:30 Discovery Series: Martin Karlicek, piano Pollack Hall

Liszt : Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 19:30 Discovery Series: Novus Nine Tanna Schulich Hall

Jazz nonet

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 20:00 Doctoral Recital: Andy Rosza, bass trombone Tanna Schulich Hall

Classes of James Box and Pierre Beaudry

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 19:00 Doctoral Recital: Sallynee Amawat, baroque violin Redpath Hall

Class of Hélène Plouffe

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 19:30 En souvenir d'elles

En souvenir d’elles

A Concert commemorating December 6th, 1989

A collaboration between the University of Montréal Orchestra, the Choirs of the University of Montréal, the Atelier d'opera of the University of Montréal, Schulich School Singers, and the McGill University Chorus

Jean-François Rivest, conductor

Brahms: A German Requiem

John Fanning, baritone

TBA, soprano

Bach: Selected works



Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 19:30 Ensemble de flûtes Alizé Tanna Schulich Hall