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Expressing the incantatory: performing Jolivet's Cinq églogues (1967) for solo viola

Rae, Caroline ORCID: 2019. Expressing the incantatory: performing Jolivet's Cinq églogues (1967) for solo viola. Presented at: Public Research Seminar, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 29 October 2019.

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André Jolivet (1905-1974) was among the most influential French composers of the last century, renowned for his combination of innovative language with expressions of the sacred and incantatory. Spanning the breadth of his compositional oeuvre from the early 1930s to his final years, Jolivet’s works for strings represent a significant strand of his output as well as some of his most personal musical statements. These include a set of three unaccompanied works for violin, cello and viola composed in the mid 1960s that not only demonstrate characteristic features of Jolivet’s approach to string writing that informed the concertos and ensemble works of the period, but also reveal a new refinement in his expression of the incantatory. This talk investigates the Cinq églogues for solo viola as a microcosm of Jolivet’s late style both in terms of musical language and performance techniques. Illustrations will be given by the violist Charles Whittaker who will conclude the session with a complete performance.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 09:40

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