Transcription/Translation: Toward a New Work of Performance

On Thursday, February 20, 2014, at Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus, Violinist, Keir GoGwilt, and pianist, composer and conductor, and Matthew Aucoin, performed works that foreground the practical and theoretical questions of transcription and translation in lyric and musical texts. Musical transcriptions included compositions by Matthew Aucoin, Alban Berg, György Kurtág with a focus on the poetry of Paul Celan. 

The recital opened up for discussion the work of performance as criticism and criticism as performance. 

What is the role of voice in song? What remains when the voice is left out in a transcription for violin and piano? How does the disappearance of words in musical transcription complicate the role of interpretation in performance?