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Joel-Francois Durand in the Mirror Land

edited by Jonathan W. Bernard

Publication Year: 2006

This collection of texts by and about French composer Joël-François Durand features a wide-ranging self-interview, in which he speaks candidly and engagingly about how and why he became a composer. Other essays by Durand focus on his use of melody and on his Piano Concerto. The book also includes contributions by Christian Asplund, Eric Flesher, Ryan Hare, and Jonathan W. Bernard.

Published by: University of Washington Press


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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. v-vi

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Editor's Introduction

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pp. vii-xii

Fifty doesn't seem so old any more. It used to be regarded as something of a zenith for creative artists, even if one could hope for additional productive years—a good many more, if one were lucky—beyond that point; it was also, inevitably, the beginning of a decline. But in an era that has seen many composers continue to work prolifically well into their...

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In the Mirror Land: Reflections on a Self-Reflection (2004)

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pp. 1-88

Thank you for joining us today. Please have a seat in the corner there, in front of the mirror.
All right. Say, the lights are pretty bright over here.
- We can turn them down a bit if you want. Is that better?
Yes, thank you, it’s better now with the shadows...

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Melody—Three Situations: Un Feu distinct, La Terre et le feu, Athanor (2004)

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pp. 89-138

While it might seem a bit anachronistic to discuss the topic of melody in these early years of the twenty-first century, long after the demise of the harmonic functions that supported tonal music, and also a good while after the violent rejection of melodic writing in the...

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On Some Aspects of the Piano Concerto: Time as Generator of Space through Melody and Harmony (1996)

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pp. 139-152

In the course of musical history, the concerto for soloist and orchestra, as a form, has witnessed the progressively stronger imposition of a certain type of dramatic conception, owing to the large potential for musical and extramusical relationships between the soloist, perceived as an individual, and the surrounding instrumental mass. This development...

In the Mirror Land: Version for Flute and Oboe (2003)

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pp. 153-162

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Thematic Adaptation in Recent Works of Joël-François Durand

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pp. 163-172

The recent music of Joël-François Durand has shown a remarkable, deepening ingenuity, reflecting a maturation of the composer’s style. One trait that has emerged in recent years is a penchant for reusing older musical material, discovering its new, expressive potential by...

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Centers, Fields, and Cracks: Some Solutions to the Problems of Contemporary Composition in the Music of Joël-François Durand

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pp. 173-182

No one who has been an active participant in the creation, performance, or study of contemporary music, in this new century or in the previous one, has escaped the debate over its accessibility and relevance. This debate, like an invasive undergrowth, infests every forum for new music: its tangles have ensnared, agitated, and sometimes enraged...

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“As if to illustrate the process of creation itself”: Joël-François Durand’s Lichtung

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pp. 183-210

Written in 1986–7 for string quartet with alto flute, clarinet, horn, trumpet, piano, and contrabass on commission from the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Lichtung is one of a series of compositions that Durand wrote during the years 1984–91 exploring the dynamics of...

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Durand, Bernhard, and Form

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pp. 211-246

The relationship between literature and music has a venerable place in Western cultural history, but it is only in relatively recent times that it has received sustained attention from either artists or critics, in detailed or appreciably technical terms. That there are by now so many examples to be cited of the impact that a novel, play, poem, or philosophical treatise has had on a musical...


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pp. 247-250

List of Works

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pp. 251-258


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pp. 259-260


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pp. 261-266

E-ISBN-13: 9780295801148
E-ISBN-10: 029580114X
Print-ISBN-13: 9780295985756
Print-ISBN-10: 0295985755

Publication Year: 2006

OCLC Number: 793203739
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  • Music -- Philosophy and aesthetics.
  • Composition (Music).
  • Durand, Joël-François -- Criticism and interpretation.
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