After his initial studies in harmony, counterpoint, ananlysis, orchestration, and composition (notably studying with Allain Gussin), Franck Bedrossian (b. 1971) studied under Gérard Grisey and Marco Stroppa at the Conservatoire de Paris. To learn to use electronics after an initial, very “musique concrete” approach at the Conservatoire de Paris, Bedrossian followed the Cursus program at IRCAM where the approach is more structured and analytical. He has been taught by Philippe Leroux, Philippe Manoury, Brian Ferneyhough, and Tristan Murail. He also took Helmut Lachenmann’s class at the Centre Acanthes and those taught during the Académie internationale de l’ensemble Modern. A resident at the Villa Médicis in Rome from 2006 to 2008, he has taught composition at the University of California, Berkeley since 2008.
Images of Work #24
The Parisian premiere of the third, and final, chapter of the Epigram series for soprano and ensemble by Franck Bedrossian is an opportunity to show, in the 24th installment of the “Images of a Work” collection, how the musical universe of the composer Franck Bedrossian intertwines with that of the American poet, Emily Dickinson. Certain aspects of Dickinson’s poetry, such as the loss of identity, ambiguity, and even a type of violence that is not necessarily a contained violence, but the violence in the mobility of expression, apparently echoing his music—unless it is the opposite—certain themes in his music anticipate the poetry. The veil is lifted off this musical and poetic journey by the film “Images of a Work Epigram”. A film by Véronique Caye and Philippe Langlois © IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, 2018.