Tribute to Francisco Guerrero (1951-1997)

ROUND TABLE + CONCERT at the Congress Site

I want to develop
music in the same
way that a tree

The evolution of Music and the development of Science throughout History, in spite of their virtually parallel lines, have shared a strong bond: the application of technology. This application ranges from the gradual perfection of the first musical instruments used by man to the employment of sophisticated electronic equipment in the present day. This has had a favourable repercussion in the field of interpretation and in the dissemination of music, but it has overshadowed another relation, more abstract and yet closer and more basic—that existing between Musical Composition and the Scientific Method.

The music of Francisco Guerrero draws our attention especially because of its great inner force and the energy betraying the personality of this composer throughout his life. Once again Art is a reflection of the organic, complex, energetic compositional capacity that reveals an entirely passionate spirit. A passion for knowledge, exploration and experimenting with sound to its ultimate consequences. Hence the interest and need to contact other disciplines that could extend that knowledge, such as mathematics, architecture, physics and information technology, among others.

Stefano Russomanno (Musicologis

Organised and Promoted by: State Cultural Commemorations Agency (SECC)
Executive Production: Alfonso Casanova and Susana Cermeño (widow of Francisco Guerrero)

Music and Mathematics: Francisco Guerrero: Sources, development and continuity.

Miguel Ángel Guillén (Engineer); Alberto Posadas (Composer); Canco López (Composer); Carlos Satué (Composer).

Stefano Russommano (Musicologist)
"Music is an unconscious mathematical exercise in which the mind does not know that it is calculating” Leibniz

“Complex Music”

Term coined by Francisco Guerrero to denote music created from the standpoint of strictly contemporary thought. That is, always bearing in mind new scientific theories and new technology breakthroughs. The new Chaos theories are present in Complex Music, which employs, in its organisation and development, mathematical tools and entities such as fractals.
  • Mathematical forerunners of his music: Bach… Xenakis.
  • Evolution and development of his music. Three major periods: Combinatoria-Topology-Fractals
  • Continuity: His disciples           
Thursday, 24 August, 19:30 L 102


Program: Francisco Guerrero and “Complex Music”
Music and Mathematical Models

Opus 1 manual (1976)                                   
Francisco Guerrero     
4 Breverías (short pieces for piano) (1997-98)    Alfonso Casanova
Parábolas (Parables) (2000)                            Carlos Satué
Essihiza (2006) (piano and electronics) (World premiere)    Canco López
Memoria de “no existencia” (Remembrance of “non-existence”) (1997)   
                (piano and electronics) Alberto Posadas
                Sound engineer: Juan Andrés Beato

Jean Pierre Dupuy  (Piano)

Pianist and director, he is fully dedicated to the music of our time. His recitals are often conceived in a different light than traditional piano concerts, with programs that bear in mind the ever changing environment of contemporary creation. His original approach and invention set him at the avant garde of initiatives in this field, making him one of the most important pianists of our day. He is founder and director of the Ensemble Solars Vortices, supported by the French Ministry of Culture, and the Musica Studio Ensemble. A fervent cultural promoter, Jean Pierre Dupuy has played a huge array of works by Spanish composers all over the world. Aside from his musical career, Jean Pierre Dupuy carries out important educational activities in the form of courses, interpretation ateliers and master classes. He is a guest lecturer at a number of universities in the United States. Jean Pierre Dupuy has inspired and premiered a large number of musical works by composers such as Tomas Marco (Autodafé, which won the UNESCO Grand Prix), Luis de Pablo, John Cage, Giacinto Scelsi, Francisco Guerrero, Joan Guinjoan, Henri Cowell, Bruno Maderna, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Mestres Quadreny, etc... He has recorded many records, including the Sonatas & Interludes by John Cage, published by Stradivarius and distributed by Milano Dischi, and, more recently, the complete works for piano of the composer Josep Maria Mestres Quadreny.

Saturday, 26 August: 21:00
Auditorium B