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The Work and Ideas of Pierre Schaeffer
March 3, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$10 – $15
Co-Presented by Alliance Française and New Adventures in Sound Art
March 3, 2017, 8:00 pm
Alliance Française, 24 Spadina Road, Toronto, ON
General $15, Students $10, Free for 18 or under.
Pierre Schaeffer is one of the founding figures in the development of electroacoustic music. The history of the practice that he helped to spawn with his pedagogical writing and teaching and his forward-thinking compositions, which all began in the post World War II era over 60 years ago, was one of the main points of origin for electroacoustic music in Canada and around the world.
Canada, with its linguistic and cultural ties to France, was certainly among those countries through which Schaeffer’s work and writings impacted new explorations of music and post-war technology. Since 2017 is the 150th anniversary of Canada’s founding it is a welcome opportunity to trace the impact of Pierre Schaeffer – and the practice of Musique Concrète – on the development of electroacoustic music in Canada, and in Québec in particular, where this practice continues to flourish through to the present day. This concert will connect Pierre Schaeffer’s classic work Étude aux objets to works by Canadian artists who were influenced by Schaeffer’s practice and that had an impact on the development of electroacoustic music in Canada.