Cadre pédagogique pour l’enseignement-apprentissage de l’improvisation musicale classique fondé sur la pratique des experts du domaine 

Author(s) : Jean-Philippe Després; Pamela Burnard; Francis Dubé; Sophie Stévance

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This research focuses on the teaching and learning of classical music improvisation. In order to provide an in-depth perspective on the subject, semi-directed interviews were led with N = 15 participants, exploring their learning, teaching and production processes of improvisation. A number of components have been identified in such processes which corresponds to 18 skills the learner has to develop, and 23 teaching and learning approaches. These observations and analyses constitutes to those interested in music improvisation—whether as learner or teacher of all levels—concrete guidelines to help in their learning or in their teaching methods.

Quels sont les paradigmes didactiques présents dans les méthodes de guitare destinées aux débutants : expérimentation d’une méthodologie d’analyse 

Author(s) : Isabelle Héroux

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This essay presents an analytical study of classic guitar methods for beginners used in various private school study programs approved by the government of Quebec. In order to identify the didactic principles underlying these methods, the elements to be learned, their order, as well as the nature and number of exercises devoted to each of them, have been analyzed. The learning of notes, their reading, the instrumental techniques, aimed at the reproduction of a musical text, are the main aspects on which these methods are focused, in various proportions according to the age of students.

De la musique à l’architecture : le mystère des pans de verre « ondulatoires » du couvent de la tourette de le corbusier et Xenakis 

Author(s) : Elisavet Kiourtsoglou

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The “undulatory” glass pieces of the Tourette Convent (1953-1961) – constituted of an irregular distribution of glass pieces of various lengths – appears to be a new expression of the traditional and long-lasting analogy between music and architecture. Its creator, Iannis Xenakis, created them drawing from his research in music, when he was working as an engineer and architect at the Le Corbusier workshop. On the basis of archival documents, this essay develops an hypothetical method to decipher their conception and link to his work as a composer, aspects which have not been examined for a long time.

Book Reviews

Editing Early Music: Principles, Historiography, Future Directions. Theodor Dumitrescu, Karl Kügle et Marnix van Berchum (dir.). 2013. Turnhout : Brepols. 290 p. ISBN : 978-2-503-55151-7 

Author(s) : Geneviève Bazinet

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Rocking St. Petersburg: Transcultural Flows and Identity Politics in the St. Petersburg Popular Music Scene. Wickström, David-Emil. 2014. 2, rev. and expanded ed. Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society; 101. Stuttgart : Ibidem-Verlag. 364 p. ISBN : 9783838206004 

Author(s) : Ariane Gruet-Pelchat

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Jazz Sells: Music, Marketing, and Meaning. Mark Laver. 2015. New York: Routledge. 246 pp. ISBN 978-1-138-01876-1 

Author(s) : Marco Katz Montiel

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Libération du son. Écrits 1916–1979. Ivan Wyschnegradsky. 2013. Textes réunis, présentés et annotés par Pascale Criton. Lyon : Symétrie, 522 p. Coll. « Série 20–21 ». ISBN : 978-2-91437-3-647 

Author(s) : Maxime McKinley

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Wagner’s Visions: Poetry, Politics, and the Psyche in the Operas through Katherine R. Syer. 2014. Die Walküre. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, x, 256pp. ISBN 978-1-58046-482-6 

Author(s) : Daniel Sheridan

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Parisian Music-Hall Ballet, 1871–1913. Sarah Gutsche-Miller. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2015. 373 pages. ISBN 978-1-58046-442-0 

Author(s) : Margaret Walker

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