SYRINX OR LA FLÛTE DE PAN (1913) BY CLAUDE DEBUSSY:
A KEY WORK IN THE REPERTOIRE FOR FLUTE ALONE, ITS HISTORY, INTERPRETATION AND A MEETING BETWEEN MUSIC AND THEATRE.
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm (CST)
Zoom with us for our new virtual series, Fluting with the Stars! You will be amazed by the vast historical knowledge and research that Dr. Ljungar-Chapelon can share with you about this extraordinary piece. Details concerning documents from his research such as photos from the first performance, the program from the first performance, the handwritten score he found in Brussels, together with a short movie (6 minutes) that shows a realization and an interpretation he did some years ago with two actresses of the scene La Grotte de Pan in the play Psyché (1913) by Gabriel Mourey to whom Debussy wrote Syrinx ou La Flûte de Pan. Dr. Ljungar-Chapelon will also provide suggestions on how to practice the piece in question using unique exercise suggestions.
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Prof. Dr. ANDERS LJUNGAR-CHAPELON is professor of flute and researcher at the Malmö Academy of Music/Lund University, Sweden; International Tutor in Flute and researcher at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (RNCM), England; and professor and researcher at the Grieg Academy/Bergen University in Norway.
As a soloist and orchestral player he gives numerous concerts and recitals throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, the Americas and the Pacific, appears on radio and television, and performs regularly at international music and flute festivals.
Many of his interpretations are available on compact disc, encompassing music by Bach, Blavet, Mozart, Telemann, Vivaldi, rediscovered works by Swedish composers from 18th and 19th Centuries, music from the 20th century with Arnold Schoenberg’s Sonata Opus 26, and Chitra by Pierre-Yves Artaud for Basse de Traversière and backtrack. In spring 2016 his recording of the famous Sonatina for flute and piano by Pierre Boulez was released by Naxos. His repertoire includes a great number of works dedicated to him. At the moment he is recording a CD with 20th Century classics for solo flute with works by Debussy, Varèse, Jolivet, Berio, Ferneyhough and Takemitsu.
He is a sought-after professor and lecturer at universities and music academies such as the Paris National Conservatoire, Staatliche Musikhochschule Wien (Austria), National University of Brasilia (Brazil), Porto Alegre University (Brazil), International Summer Academy in Nice (France), Oxford Flute Summer School (England), International Summer Academy of ISA (Austria), Elder School of Music/University of South Australia Adelaide (Australia), Hanoi National Conservatory (Vietnam), and further in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
As a researcher and supervisor he works within artistic research and music education of the professional musician. Some examples of his research are: Scandinavian flute music and flute playing from the 18th and 19th centuries, Schoenberg’s twelve-tone technique, French early 18th century music, Debussy's Syrinx for flute and its connection to theatre, and investigations into new fields of flute acoustics. Further he works within fields dealing with European 18th century transverse flutes and modern flutes in cross cultural combination with non-European instrument such as the Korean kayagum. His doctoral thesis is about the French art of flute playing, its tradition, learning, craftsmanship and aesthetics covering the period from 1707 to the very late 20th Century.
His research has been presented at international conferences such as ISME in Pretoria (South Africa), Beijing (China), Thessaloniki (Greece), EAS in Leuven (Belgium), Porto Alegre (Brazil), Brasilia (Brazil), and in Australia, England, Finland, Norway, Spain and Sweden.
Prof. Dr. Ljungar-Chapelon further develops teaching materials and writes articles. He edits historic musical manuscripts published by the editions Flöjtistens Vademecum (Lund University Press), Autographus Musicus (Stockholm), in the series The Swedish Transverse Flute and Flautissimo. Universal Edition has also published his Syrinx research in their prestigious series of Wiener Urtext Edition.
His broad approach to music has made him an authority on 18th and 19th century flutes in theory and practice, including a reconstruction of Hotteterre’s Basse de Traversière. During some years he designed flutes in Beijing (China) for among others the flute factory TAMINO FLUTES.
He received his musical education in Gothenburg (Gérard Schaub), Copenhagen (Ørnulf Gullbransen), Cologne (Amadeus Quartet) and Paris (Alain Marion). Close contact with flautist and Professor Alain Marion in Paris was especially fruitful, as was the chamber music studies with the Amadeus Quartet in Cologne.