Unconventional musicology-based approaches to classical-music performance
Concerts, talks, and concert-lectures
A personal project by Luca Chiantore
Musicological research can prove an unparalleled stimulus for bringing ideas to performance. But I have long been aware that performance can just as easily feed back to musicological thinking. And this is not all. Very often these synergies reveal no clear unidirectional trajectory. I experience this fertile collision with growing interest, in particular because of its potential to reshape our historiographic, stylistic, and professional categories. With this in mind, in November, 2018, I launched this new personal project: concerts, talks, recordings, and other initiatives, some addressed to an academic environment, others to general audiences, the common thread being my yearning to offer alternative ways to perform the classical-music repertoire from a starting point of unconventional musicology-based approaches.
…or four different ways of not playing “what is written in the score”. Piano recital with spoken commentaries.
Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata with added movements, improvised fermatas and interludes, recomposed cadenzas, and original melodic material from the Landsberg 6 manuscript, together with 9 startling etudes by Hélène de Nervo de Montgeroult, the extraordinary woman who embodied better than anyone that turbulent age of revolutions. Piano recital with spoken commentaries.
Lecture at the piano. Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, and Ludwig van Beethoven.
Lecture with excerpts of works by Hélène de Montgeroult, Fryderyk Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Johannes Brahms, played and commented at the piano.
A radically different performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto: inVersion by Luca Chiantore with original variants; fermatas, cadenza, interludes, and solos (re)composed from autograph sketches; ornamented timpani part; and extemporaneous thoroughbass.
Private world premiere: Mexico City, December 2, 2021
Public world premiere: Morelia, Mexico, December 4, 2021.
Tzintzuni Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Juan Vázquez.
An exploration between music, instrumentation, and spoken language together with the Tzintzuni Chamber Orchestra and its conductor, composer Juan Vázquez. Winter 2023-24.
Concert-lecture. Works by Fryderyk Chopin and Maria Szymanowska.
Concert-lecture. Works by Johannes Brahms.
The thrilling life and unbelievable music of a unique figure in music history. Works by Hélène de Montgeroult.
Concert-lecture. Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Muzio Clementi, and Ludwig van Beethoven.
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