Recent Developments in Microtiming as a Compositional Material

Wednesday 4 June 2014, 4.00PM

Speaker(s): Dr Richard Beaudoin (Harvard University)

The American composer Richard Beaudoin uses detailed transcriptions of millisecond-faithful microtimings of recorded performances (Casals playing Bach, Argerich playing Chopin) as the basis for new works, in a manner reminiscent of cantus firmus practice. This process, developed in collaboration with Swiss researchers at the Hochschule Luzern, forms the basis for orchestra, opera, chamber and vocal music – including recordings by Mark Knoop and the Kreutzer Quartet. In today’s research seminar, Mr Beaudoin will outline the basic measuring and transcriptive process, and then discuss recent innovations explored in works based on microtimings of Thelonious Monk improvising on "Body and Soul", Maurizio Pollini performing Webern, and his series of works based on Cortot performing Debussy, called The Artist and his Model.


Location: I/D003