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Symphony Orchestra and Generation X: Ten Quebec pieces

Symphony Orchestra and Generation X: Ten Quebec pieces

October 14, 2014
National

"In 20th century music, the radical break with “bourgeois traditions” in the name of new projects opened the way for unprecedented possibilities, but also, as a result, left behind the desires of composers, interpreters and audiences. Much has been written on the topic1. If there is a space where these often multidirectional desires overlap, it is the symphony orchestra. It’s a fact that symphony orchestras do not always welcome contemporary composers, particularly when they are neither post-romantic nor Hollywood-style. Now, however, are things evolving in these “post-breakdown”2 years, with the 20th century being for composers “a past to get past without over-passing” (phrase coined by psychoanalyst Dominique Scarfone3)? Are we on the way to something else? If so, is this for the better? Or, if not, in spite of all the efforts, the outstretched hands, is “classical contemporary” music starting to succumb to a long reactionary slump, devoid of enthusiasm or vision?.."

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