A full recital that usually focuses on recent music for solo cello, combined with works for cello with electronics, taped or live. Madeleine draws from a repertoire of over 30 works. A special feature of her concerts are short taped segments of the composers speaking about the music. These last approximately one minute and are played before each work is performed. This serves to bring the audience closer to the composers.
DISCUSSION OF SOLO CELLO RECITAL: A discussion of the music being performed on Madeleine's cello recital. This can be done in a lecture format prior to the concert or in an informal symposium either before or after the concert. Discussion will center on several of the pieces to be performed, looking particularly at special instrumental techniques, stylistic concepts, and performance with electronics and "up-to-the-minute" technology. This is an excellent way to elucidate music that is often new and difficult for audiences.
COACHINGS: Coachings of student chamber music ensembles or soloists on prearranged repertoire. Madeleine can suggest repertoire at the beginning of the semester and send scores ahead. (2 hours)
CELLO, OR STRING CLASS: Cello power! Coaching of cellists or string players, on prearranged repertoire with a discussion of extended string techniques and other performance practice problems. Madeleine can help determine music at the beginning of the semester and scores can be sent ahead. Can also include a look at, and informal reading of, some recent (way out?) works for multiple celli. (2 hours)
COMPOSER'S SEMINAR: What is playable and what isn't! A session focusing on problems of notation, extended techniques and string writing from a composer's point of view. Madeleine will look at works by student composers and discuss them from a performance viewpoint. Here's a chance to look at notating those knotty harmonics or doublestops! (2 hours)
NEW MUSIC PERFORMANCE PRACTICE: Everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask. A more detailed, hands-on workshop for singers and instrumentalists looking at performance problems of notation, extended techniques, complex rhythms (sharpening those counting skills!) Prepared piano (and other instruments!) And playing with electronics. This is a mixture of discussion, demonstration, and working with students on prearranged scores. Student participation is essential. It works well as a full day, with two three hour sessions. It works better in a two day format two day format giving students time to practice the music and ending with an informal recital of the pieces and movements that were discussed.