• Vol. 4 nº 2, novembre 2017

    Écrivain et critique d’art, Raymond Bouyer (1862-1939 ?) aura une activité de chroniqueur musical intense. Ces articles attirent l’attention par la variété des sujets abordés et par l’angle que le critique d’art adopte lorsqu’il parle de musique. S’interrogeant sur le concert, la mélomanie, la pratique de la critique musicale, il écrit tout autant sur Bach, sur l’orchestre invisible au théâtre ou sur le phénomène de la popularité. Raymond Bouyer, dont nous ne savons pratiquement rien et qui ne semble pas avoir laissé beaucoup de traces quant à sa vie personnelle, est à mon avis une figure emblématique du modèle du critique polyvalent, modèle hérité du XIXe siècle. Ses écrits constituent un corpus original, témoin d’une conception interartistique lorsqu’il est question de discourir sur la musique.

  • Vol. 2 nº 1, janvier 2014

    Claude Debussy’s Welte-Mignon piano rolls of 1912 reveal that (Debussy 1912), as a pianist, he firmly upheld late-Romantic performing traditions. His playing as heard in the rolls produced imaginative effects and characterizations that reflect the practices of his time. Much analysis has been done on these piano rolls with the aim of revealing his practices and for editorial purposes; as a reference point, the Durand-Costellat edition of Debussy’s complete piano works by Roy Howat (Debussy 1985-2002) contains valuable comparative insights between the score and the piano rolls. Richard Langham-Smith’s “Debussy on Performance. Sound and Unsound Ideals” (1999) and Charles Timbrell’s “Debussy in Performance” (2003) are among the various literature that deal with understanding the performing practices of Debussy and his contemporaries. And my paper, “Debussy and Late-Romantic Performing Practices. An Investigation of the Piano Rolls of 1912” (2012), contains a cross-sectional analysis of the piano rolls showing his use of late-Romantic practices that are seldom used today. An interesting and potentially fruitful progression of this research would be to analyze his performing practices in relation to musical structure and meaning.