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Sound Work - Composition as Critical Technical Practice

ORCiM Seminar 2016

Call for Proposals


The 10th Orpheus Research Seminar offers the opportunity for contributors from around the world to gather and explore the theme of composition as critical technical practice.

Practitioners from all disciplines are invited to submit proposals for presentations. We particularly welcome proposals for presentations that explore the demonstration of composition as research in innovative ways.

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Haydn and the Art of Conversation

A Performance Workshop with Tom Beghin, Ellie Nimeroski and Elisabeth Le Guin (UCLA)

22 - 24 June, 2016


Can we experience Joseph Haydn’s chamber music in ways that challenge today’s conventional concert protocols? To what extent should historically informed performance also embrace historical social practice? Is there such a thing as “Socially Informed Performance”?

Mimicking historical conditions, we will rehearse and perform Haydn’s six quartets Opus 33 and his three piano trios, Hob. XV:11-13. These opera are reflective of the cultural salon in 1780s Vienna and at the same time represent Haydn’s ambitions to reach a wider public.

Points for discussion will include the rhetorical agencies of performer and composer, prima vista vs. rehearsed performance, and the art of conversation.

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Video recordings of our Research Workshop with Heinz Holliger are published online

Heinz Holliger visits Orpheus


In February 2016 composer and oboist Heinz Holliger was invited to the Orpheus Instituut in Ghent, by pianist Jan Michiels. During his visit to Orpheus he explored his relation to his own music and to the music of others like Debussy or Schumann - by playing, explaining and coaching. The video recordings of this event are now published online.

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