Composition Seminar – Diego Castro Magaš

From image to gesture: towards a gesture-based model of performance practice in recent guitar music

In this presentation, Diego discusses a gesture-based approach in the performance of recent guitar music. Taking as starting point Adorno’s notes on musical reproduction and his concepts of dialectical image and mimesis, he proposes the agency of musical gesture as an efficient tool for connecting the aesthetic/philosophical principles implied in compositional practice to performance. Thus, a great variety of semiotic properties of the work of music, beyond the score itself, are explored in relation to musical gesture. Examples of live performance of recent guitar music (Ferneyhough, Finnissy and Fox among others) serve to illustrate these issues.