THURSDAY 11TH JULY
18:00- PROGRAMME 1
The Well-Tempered Clavier
Music: The Well-Tempered Clavier by Bach (1720-1740)
Played by: Alain Franco
In collaboration with: GXII
The Well-Tempered Clavier, composed by Bach, was published in 2 books, 1722 and 1745 respectively. For the major and minor scales of each key of the clavier (keyboard), Bach composed two preludes and two fuges. Combined, The Well-Tempered Clavier is made of 96 compositions. Instead of playing the entirety through as an encyclopedia from A-Z, Alain has re-organised the order “in order to grant it a dramaturgical coherence that would extend the succession of the singular pieces and project these into the complexity of public space reception.”
Together with the students of GXII, an improvisation structure has been built to accompany this 4 hour long “opera for piano”.
(not really a public talk) #3
Interview with Alain Franco, pianist performing Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier
Alain Franco studied music at the Conservatories in Brussels, Liège and Antwerp and obtained a higher diploma for piano as well as a Diploma of Extended Studies (DEA) in 20th Century musicology (IRCAM-EHESS). He was the full-time conductor of the Champ d’Action ensemble (1989-1993), and since then has worked with, amongst others, the Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), the Ictus ensemble (Brussels), the Musiques Nouvelles ensemble (Brussels) and the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra. For Rosas he carried out the musical analysis for D’un Soir un Jour (2006) and the Steve Reich evening (2007) which was shown at PACT Zollverein in 2007.