Lecture: Nico Couck
Nico Couck: When new music turns old
Gradually, the performer's knowledge and understanding of post-1950 music are deteriorating. Its experimental nature make yesterday's and today's composer/performer/score relations prone to complications. We are faced with time differentials between the original performance practice and ourselves, with an inadequate documentation of this practice, and – the longer, the more – with the impossibility of communicating with a deceased composer. In addition, these complications are silently manifesting and extending themselves in the 21st Century's performance practice. Both composers and performers unintentionally create interpretational boundaries. And already, as these margins are broadening, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain a knowledge of what seems relevant to us today. Or is the performance practice of post-1950 and contemporary music already destined for speculation?