Dozentin: Dafne Vicente-Sandoval
The main focus of the bassoon studio will be on developing personal strategies to approach both the instrument and the score in a creative manner.
A selection of recent solo pieces for bassoon is proposed to the participants prior to the Summer Course. These pieces all address the performer as a creative musician, requiring from her a highly personal input, whether in regard to non-standard instrumental techniques which must be crafted in response to the specific work, or, on another level, the openness of the score itself. The selection of pieces isn’t exclusive; the participants are encouraged to bring compositions which may call for a similar involvement on the part of the performer. Pieces resulting from personal collaborations with composition students are in this regard particularly welcome, whether already completed or still in process.
The pieces will provide starting points from which we will pursue more open-ended explorations of the instrument, in an attempt to reach a practical understanding of its complex vibrational behavior as well as a basic theoretical knowledge of its acoustics. Technical aspects such as microtonality, overtones, formants, tuning and glissandi will be touched upon. Time will also be dedicated to trying various interesting ways of transforming the instrumental identity through amplification. Improvisation may be used as a tool during the course, but isn’t required in order to participate.
The sudio aims to provide its participants with various experiences which could be inspiring for their own further collaborations with composers, rather than focussing exclusively on the pre-existing repertoire. The emphasis will therefore be on approaching instrumental and musical practice as a process involving experimentation, with its attempts and failures, rather than aiming at a finished result in a concert situation.
The time will be divided between individual and collective lessons.
Pierluigi Billone will be present for discussions of his solo bassoon piece.
The bassoon participants will also be offered the possibility to take part in chamber music groups, who will work on pieces especially composed by some of the composition students.
Selection of pieces:
Pierluigi Billone: Legno. Edre II. Edre for solo bassoon (2003)
Mark André:da for bassoon and ensemble (2011)
Peter Ablinger: Fagott und rauschen for bassoon and tape (2013)
Radu Malfatti: Odayaka for bassoon and pre-recorded audio (2014)
Michael Pisaro: melody, silence (2) for solo bassoon (2016)