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Title: Essay VIII: a key work in the piano output of Christopher Bochmann
Authors: Telles, Ana
Editors: Caires, Carlos
Pinheiro, Ricardo
Keywords: Christopher Bochmann
Essay VIII
Contemporary Music
Lucas sequence
Issue Date: 25-Apr-2020
Publisher: ESML / CESEM
Citation: Telles, A. (2020). “Essay VIII: a key work in the piano output of Christopher Bochmann”. In Performance e Contexto [em linha]. Lisboa: ESML | CESEM (gerado a 25 de Abril de 2020). Disponível em:
Abstract: Christopher Bochmann's pianistic language is based on a fairly conventional instrumental technique, inherited from the 19th century pianistic tradition, yet encompassing characteristic features developed by authors associated with the 2nd Viennese School and post-serialism, as well as significant experiences in the fields of free forms and aleatoric music. The permeability to a neoclassical sensibility, probably stimulated by contact with Nadia Boulanger in the formative years, has remained over time and manifests itself from time to time, both in the use of techniques, genres and forms of the past, but also, more comprehensively, in a constant search for balance and proportionality, across all of Bochmann’s works. From 1991, the year he composed Essay VIII, for solo piano, Bochmann inaugurated his maturity phase, based on what he calls a “unified technique”. The significant consistency of his instrumental language from then on results, to a large extent, from the synthesis of previously explored elements that Essay VIII operates, as I intend to demonstrate throughout this essay. Furthermore, we shall see how specific traits, not always particularly idiomatic, of Bochmann’s pianistic idiom enhance the aural understanding of the compositional principles that structure the work in analysis, and how a successful performance of the work depends largely on the understanding and highlighting, through specific performance practices, of the composer’s choices.
Type: article
Appears in Collections:MUS - Publicações - Artigos em Revistas Nacionais Com Arbitragem Científica

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