Grégoire Tosser

General presentation:

Associate Professor at the University of Evry Val d’Essonne since September 2011

Disciplines:

20th century music history

18th to 20th century music analysis

Initiation to research

Music analysis and Musical culture

Sound writings

Head of the Music and Performing Arts department

Member of  the RASM group of the SLAM Laboratory

 

Research topics:

20th and 21st century music, more specifically after 1945 and contemporary music

Eastern and Central European music, Russian and American music, from the 19th century to today

Movie music, Music and Sound in cinema

Improvised music

1960’s popular music

Musical esthetics (19th and 20th century)

 

Publications:

Scientific co-directions:

  • 2000. Les dernières oeuvres de Dimitri Chostakovitch : une esthétique musicale de la mort (1969-1975). Introduction by Michel Guiomar. Paris: L’Harmattan. Coll. Univers musical. 258 p.
  • 2009 (with MARECHAUX, Pierre, éd.). Ligatures : la pensée musicale de György Kurtág. Rennes: Presses Universitaires of Rennes. Coll. Æsthetica. 358 p. (Coup de coeur “Musique contemporaine” de l’Académie Charles Cros, printemps 2009).
  • 2015 (with JULIEN, Olivier, éd.). Spécial Beatles Studies. Numéro 12:2 de la revue Volume!

Articles:

  • 2013a. “Maximes et mirlitonnades: …pas à pas – nulle part… op. 36 de György Kurtág, long after Samuel Beckett”. [Conference made during the « Beckett and Music » days (CDMC, December 17th, 2010)]. Published by MATHON, Geneviève and LAUFFER, David (éd.), Beckett et la musique, Strasbourg: Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg. Coll. Formes et savoirs, p. 121-159.
  • [2013b]. “Un opus 1 choisi : le Quatuor à cordes de György Kurtág (1959).” Article from the study day conference « First work: identification, acknowledge, reception » (François Rabelais University, December 6th, 2010): proceedings in process of publishing, under the supervision of Vincent Cotro, at the Presses Universitaires of  Rennes, coll. Æsthetica.
  • [2013c]. “L’intertextualité limite de …pas à pas – nulle part… op. 36 de György Kurtág.” Article part of the proceedings of the « Music and Poesy » study day (University of Rennes 2, September 30th , 2010) in process of publishing, under the supervision of Antoine Bonnet, at the  Presses Universitaires of Rennes, coll. Interférences.
  • 2010a. « Quelque chose se passe ». Signs (to decypher), games (to participate to), messages (to translate): the oral transmission of György Kurtág. Vertigo, n° 38, autumn 2010 [special edition of Festival d’automne, called Passages et ruptures], p. 23-28.
  • 2010b. “Réécriture et métamorphose de la forme musicale dans les programmes composés de György Kurtág.” [Communication to XIIIe Entretiens de la Garenne-Lemot, Métamorphose(s), October 12th and 14th, 2006]. Published by PIGEAUD, Jackie (éd.). Métamorphose(s) : XIIIe entretiens de la Garenne Lemot. Rennes:  Presses Universitaires of Rennes. Coll. Interférences, p. 265-284.
  • 2009a and 2011. [With PARENT, Emmanuel]. “Le traitement coltranien de l’imaginaire hispanique: l’exemple de Olé (Atlantic, 1961)”. [Communication in duo during the international « John Coltrane (1926-1967): his work and his mark » colloquium, Tours, November 26th and 27th, 2007]. Published in English [The dilemmas of African-American Orientalism: Coltrane and the Hispanic imaginary in Olé] in Jazz Research Journal 3.1 review, May 2009, p. 63-85; published in French [Les Dilemmes de l’orientalisme afro-américain : Coltrane et l’imaginaire hispanique dans « Olé »] by COTRO, Vincent (éd.). John Coltrane. L’oeuvre et son empreinte. Paris : Outre Mesure. Coll. Contrepoints, p. 125-148.
  • 2009b. “La bougie silencieuse de György Kurtág et Andreï Tarkovski.” [Article written for La musique et la création de György Kurtág, colloquium proceedings organized at l’Institut hongrois de Paris, May 29th– 31st, 2006]. Published by GRABÓCZ, Márta & OLIVE, Jean-Paul (éd.). Gestes, fragments, timbres : la musique de György Kurtág. Paris : L’Harmattan. Coll. Arts 8, p. 117-138.
  • 2009c. “Humour et fragmentation : l’exemple des Einige Sätze aus den Sudelbüchern Georg Christoph Lichtenbergs op. 37 et 37a de György Kurtág.” [Communication of the La musique et la création de György Kurtág colloquium, organized at l’Institut hongrois de Paris, May 29th– 31st, 2006]. Published under the name: Humour et fragmentation: le Witz musical des Quelques phrases tirées des cahiers de brouillon de Georg Christoph Lichtenberg op. 37 et 37a, by MARÉCHAUX, Pierre & TOSSER, Grégoire (éd.), 2009, p. 129-158.
  • 2009d. “La fleur, la mort, le souvenir: les Trois inscriptions anciennes op. 25 de György Kurtág.” [Communication during the study day on György Kurtág, Université of Nantes, May 11th, 2006]. Published by MARÉCHAUX, Pierre & TOSSER, Grégoire (éd.), 2009, p. 193-215.
  • 2005. “« C’est rare, mais cela arrive »: le parfum des années 1920 humé par Le Nez de Dimitri Chostakovitch.” [Article published in the opera production libretto Le Nez]. Opéra National de Paris, November 2005, p. 51-56.
  • 2004. “Hommages en fragments: le chemin entre György Kurtág et Luigi Nono. Drammaturgia Musicale e altri studi” [review published by the University of Palermo], Fascicolo 2, inverno 2004, p. 45-67.
  • 2002. Links and ligatures: György Kurtág’s Ligatura-Message to Frances-Marie (The answered unanswered question) op. 31b. [Communication made at the first international conference dedicated to György Kurtág, Balatonföldvar (Hongrie), June 2001]. Proceedings completely published in the Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae n° 43 / 3-4, 2002, p. 439-449.
  • 2001. “L’invisible, la rencontre, l’incertitude: topique du fragment chez György Kurtág.” Musica falsa, n° 14, spring 2001, p. 28-31.

 

Teaching:

Hypokhâgne and Khâgne music option: history of music, analysis, esthetics, listening commentary. See also the http://www.cpgel.univ-evry.fr/ in partnership with the Corot high school of Savigny-sur-Orge.

Licence 2: 20th century music history, music analysis

Licence 3: 21th and 20th century music analysis

Master 1: Music culture and analysis

 

Résumé:

Professional experience

PhD, in Music, “Arts history and critique” (at the University of Rennes 2, under the supervison of Mr. Hervé Lacombe), dissertation entitled “Contribution à l’esthétique musicale de la mort et de l’incomplétude: l’exemple de György Kurtág.” (Participation to Musical Esthetic of Death and Unfinished Work: György Kurtág’s example), awarded the Prix Hungarica 2009.

Music aggregation obtained in 2002

Academic and musical education: Hypokhâgne and khâgne with music option (Brest and Toulouse), bachelor’s, master’s degrees and master of advanced studies of music; score writing, counterpoint, (Brest and Toulouse), analysis (Toulouse and CRR of Paris) and saxhorn in B flat (Brest).

 

Other activities:

  • [2013]. Realization of « Portraits de la jeune création contemporaine » (collaboration RASM / CDMC / SACEM) with Michèle Tosi, Corinne Schneider, Max Noubel and Yves de Péretti. Available for consultation on: http://www.cdmc.asso.fr/fr/ressources/compositeurs/entretiens-filmes
  • 2012. In charge of the presentation of the sound collection « Musique russe des XIXe et XXe siècles » for the Cité de la Musique website. Texts, analyses and listening guides available on : http://mediatheque.cite-musique.fr/
  • 2011a. Recension de Analyser le jazz de Laurent Cugny (Outre Mesure, 2009) published in Volume ! review, vol. 8-2, p. 268-270.
  • 2009-2012. Entries on Kurtág (overview of his work, bibliography and update of his catalog) and Chostakovitch (catalog, biography, and overview of his work) B.R.A.H.M.S’ base of l’IRCAM. [2014: Alfred Schnittke et Michael Tippett]. Texts data available for consultation on : http://brahms.ircam.fr/
  • 2009-2010. Participation in collective “télépoétiques” meetings organized by the composer Alain Joule, « Les Copains d’abord »: « Les Nouvelles du monde » (November 28th and 29th, 2009), « La Babel des langues » (March 15th and 16th , 2010), « Juste avant » (June 20th and 21st ,2010), « Nosferatu » (December 21st and 22nd, 2010).
  • 2005 [and 2013]. In charge of the sound collection presentation called « Musique hongroise du XXe siècle » (Béla Bartók, György Ligeti, György Kurtág, Péter Eötvös) for the Cité de la Musique website. Texts, analyses and listening guides available on: http://mediatheque.cite-musique.fr/ – correction of some guides (prolongation, utilization of new interactive tools) planned for 2013.

Link to HAL CV :  https://cv.archives-ouvertes.fr/gtosser