If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
William Shakespeare, “Twelfth night”
Why the twentieth century?
The Short Century, so it is called, is a concentrate as rich in events as never before seen in history. The arts have seen a very rapid succession over the years, cultural exchanges between countries of the world, including the styles of various composers have produced works of such density that even today, after 10 years, is not clearly perceptible.
It is a long journey through the colors, energy, languor, force, and the delirium of a century that has seen it all, heard it all and sent the different emotions. All documented, photographed, filmed, narrated and set to music.
To study the music of the twentieth century is an exciting experience: Nothing is written with superficiality. There’s only talent. The works of this century include a world behind it that motivates them, produces them, and supports them. The creation of these works is not only subject to the principal who had to stage a mass every week or an oratory. There is behind these works, a fundament that maintains a base made of literature, philosophy, sociology, poetry. Studying these works means and requires one plunge at a time, in a social situation in which music is totally influenced.
The musical analysis of a work of the twentieth century must be deep. Scherchen the great German conductor, states in his book (Lehrbuch des Dirigierens) that to lead the direction of modern music is a terrific exercise to learn the technique and learn to do this job.
It is a repertoire that needs special study, in all directions. And deep analysis of the musical score in this footage comes at the highest levels of spelling and symbolism.
A rewarding experience, full, rich and exciting!