Time, Space, Intentionality – On Emmanuel Nunes’s 70th Anniversary

International Symposium:

Time, Space, Intentionality – On Emmanuel Nunes’s 70th Anniversary

Research Centre for Aesthetics and Sociology of Music [CESEM], University Nova Lisbon and Culturgest

Website: http://cesem.fcsh.unl.pt/

November 5-6, 2011

Culturgest, Lisbon


To celebrate the 70th birthday of Emmanuel Nunes (born 1941), the Research Centre for Aesthetics and Sociology of Music of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at the Universidade Nova in Lisbon [CESEM], in collaboration with Culturgest, is organizing an international symposium dedicated to his work and musical thought.

After studies with Fernando Lopes-Graça, Francine Benoit and Louis Saguer in Portugal (1941-1964), Emmanuel Nunes attended the Darmstadt Summer Courses in 1963, 1964 and 1965, where he made the acquaintance of the teaching of Pierre Boulez, Henri Pousseur and György Ligeti. Particularly interested in the ‘perception’ of the effective and concrete unfolding of music, rather than in any ‘mechanism’ of writing, Emmanuel Nunes studied with Stockhausen in Cologne, and in the second half of the 1960s his characteristic musical language reached maturity. On the basis of studying Pierre Boulez’s Penser la musique aujourd’hui, initial readings of the philosopher Edmund Husserl, classes with Stockhausen and the latter’s course in Momente (1965-66), Emmanuel Nunes worked out his own, unmistakeable language – a synthesis of construction and expressivity based on the ‘here and now’ of composition and listening. Throughout his oeuvre (today some seventy works), three elements take on a particular relevance:

i. The reflection on time and its perception;

ii. The attention paid to space and to different dimensions of «spatiality»;

iii. The idea of the intentionality of the sound process.

Call for papers

The organizing committee invites all those interested in music of the second half of the 20th century (in general) and in the work of Emmanuel Nunes (in particular) to present proposals for presentations dealing with one of the four themes outlined below (or, at least, related to one of the topics listed):

1. Time (time and sonority; physical time/psychological time; duration and temporality; immediate listening/progressive development; ‘moment’ / ‘process’; identity and change).

2. Space (spatialization, rhythm, timbre; localization, path, trajectory; use and presence of electronics; mobility of writing and listening.

3. Intentionality of perception (attention and intentionality; identity, mutation, difference; present / past; memory / actualization; idea and representation of the musical ‘object’; Edmund Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Freud.

4. Specific studies and testimonies (youth of Emmanuel Nunes in Lisbon: 1941-1964; Emmanuel Nunes and his teachers: Fernando Lopes-Graça, Francine Benoit, Louis Saguer, Henri Pousseur, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Jaap Spek (electronics), Georg Heike (phonetics), Marcel Beaufils (aesthetics) and Michel Guiomar (supervisor of doctoral thesis); influence of the musical thought of Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen on the music of Emmanuel Nunes; Emmanuel Nunes the teacher: Gulbenkian Seminars in Lisbon (1981-2009); Hochschule für Musik Freiburg im Breisgau (1986-1992) and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris (1992-2006); Opera and Music Theatre; relations of Emmanuel Nunes with philosophy, literature and the plastic arts; analysis and compositional techniques.

Presentations will be allocated up to 30 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

All proposals should fully and clearly describe the topic of the presentation and should include the following information: 1) Name, postal and email addresses of proposer; 2) Title of the presentation; 3) Abstract of the presentation (c. 500 words); 4) A short biography (c. 200 words).

Please send proposals by e-mail to cesem.emmanuelnunes@gmail.com.

The deadline for proposals is Friday 10th June 2011.

For further information consult the website of CESEM: http://cesem.fcsh.unl.pt/