Thinking and analyzing Benjamin Britten’s music during the 21sth century

Thinking and analyzing Benjamin Britten’s music during the 21sth century

Colloquium organized by RASM (Grégoire Tosser) on December 12th and 13th, 2013

On Thursday, December 12th


9:15a.m, Welcoming of Participants

9:30a.m, General welcome and presentation

9:45a.m, Maéna Py (University of Tours): Music, like theater

10:30a.m, Stéphan Etcharry (University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne): Britten and the world of children through Moonrise Kingdom’s original soundtrack (2012) by Wes Anderson

11:15a.m, BREAK

11:30a.m, Hélène Cao (CRR of Paris 13th arrondissement): Thomas Adès, heir despite himself?

12:15p.m to 2:15p.m, LUNCH BREAK


2:15p.m, Mathias Lehn (Paris): The Transformation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s, from Shakespeare to Britten: an analytical approach

3p.m, Frédéric Hervé: Owen Wingrave, an opera in a box

3:45p.m, BREAK

4p.m, Inès Taillandier-Guittard (the University of Evry Val d’Essonne): Britten conducts Britten, The Case if Peter Grimes

4:45p.m, Michaël Ertzscheid (piano and music theory teacher, CRR of Paris and Boulogne, PSPBB): Death in Venice, some keys to the String quartet N°3 op. 94

-Britten concert, Evry Village’s Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul parish at 7p.m

First part: Ceremony of Carols (extracts)

Second part: String quartet N°3 op.94

Third part: Evening Primrose, extract from the Five Flower Songs op. 47 (n°4); Deus in adjutorium meum

Quatuor Mérag

Vocal choir of the University of Evry Val d’Essonne, Choeur des Deux Vallées, Cantando (Milly-la-Forêt). Harp: Bénédicte Rostaing. Conducted by Annie Couture.


On Friday, December 13th


9:30a.m, Jean-Christophe Marti (composer, Marseille): Historical and musical time in Benjamin Britten’s Voices for Today: some theories

10:15a.m, Jean-Philippe Heberlé (IDEA, the University of Lorraine): Benjamin Britten and Michael Tippett: the difference in sharing


11a.m, BREAK


11:15a.m, Maxime Joos (CRR of Lille): Dutilleux and Britten…, but also Obey, Rostropovtich, Pears and others






2p.m: Gilles Couderc (ERIBIA, University of Caen Normandy): “Music for me is clarification”: Britten and transparency


2:45p.m, Jean-François Boukobza (CNSMDP, CRR of Aubervilliers-La Courneuve): Illuminations, Britten as playwright and a reader of Rimbaud’s work


3:30p.m, BREAK

3:45p.m, Grégoire Tosser (RASM, University of Evry Val d’Essonne): To Mahler, with love: Britten and Chostakovitch during the 1960’s


4:30p.m, Conclusion, outcome and prospects