The Festival, with the support of the SACEM, organized for the eleventh consécutive year a Master Class of musical composition for Picture. The composer Marc Marder led the Master Class intended for 11 young composers. The workshops consisted of musical composition exercises on extracts from cult movies. The objective being to build a complete work for the closing ceremony of the Festival where the young artists performed a public movie-concert directed by Marc Marder.
THE MASTER CLASS ACCORDING TO MARC MARDER
Film music composer, what a crazy business ! A job that did not exist a hundred years ago. At the dawn of cinema, music had for function to cover the noise of the projector or to reassure the public : Those were not ghosts parading on the screen.
In 1907, it is Camille Saint-Saens who composed the first true score for a short film, L’Assassinat du Duc de Guise. We wonder how he made with the technical means of that time! Nowadays, despite all the constraints of the business - budgets, lack of time, compromise with producers, directors, distributors, etc. - It is the only space, in the music composition world where we can finish our composition one day, register the music by a symphonic orchestra the next day and release it to be heard by millions of people the following week! It is also a world of total compositional freedom. Styles can range from Gregorian chant, post-Webern, modern jazz or the combination of three. Everything is possible if the result works with the image, brings depth and musical emotions, contributes to the magic of cinema. This is currently the most privileged place and eclectic world of musical experimentation and I am honored to have been asked to hold this Master Class dedicated to this wonderful form of art.
This week composers will compose, perform and conduct live their music created for the silent films offered, which is at least the equivalent of acrobatics on a tightrope without a net! Good luck to all and let happiness begins!
Interpreter and creator multi-form, Marc Marder, was born in New York, and lives in Paris since 1978. After studying bass with Alvin Brehm and theory with Robert Levin at the State University of New York of Purchase College and his debute at Marlboro Festival (Vermont) led by Rudolf Serkin, he became soloist for the Intercontemporain Ensemble from 1978 to 1980 under the direction of Pierre Boulez.
In the 80s, he is the bass soloist of the New-York Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and becomes a member of the Orchestre National de France under the direction of Leonard Bernstein and Lorin Maazel. From 1984 to 1993 he teaches bass at the Conservatory of Lyon while pursuing a career as a chamber musician. His score for Sidewalk Stories, silent film from Charles Lane (1989) won the Deutsche Schallplatten Preis, one of the best of the year and allowed him to continue working with cinema, True Identity for Disney Studios in Los Angeles.
Marc Marder has composed music for Rithy Panh’s 19 films - documentaries and fiction - and had the honor of accompanying him at Cannes where six of his films were in the Official Selection. L’Image manquante, his most recent film, won the Award from Un Certain Regard, was nominated for an Oscar in the category of best Film in a Foreign Language and has won the Prix Italia (2014). For this same film, he just won the France Musique Sacem award for Best Soundtrack (2014).
He composed over 75 soundtracks for films and television, music scenes and concert pieces. Designer in his spare time, he published a book in lithography, While You Were Out, now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York and the Library of Dresden.
THE PARTICIPATING COMPOSERS
- Léonard Desarthes : guitare, clavier, voix
- Olivier Rabet : violon
- Valentin Simonelli : piano, orgue, violon, clavecin
- Anne De Boysson : piano, flûte
- Cyril Peron : guitare, basse, clavier
- Guillaume St-Laurent : piano
- Julien Bellanger : cornet à pistons, guitare, basse
- Deborah Bombard-Golicki : violoncelle, guitare, basse, voix
- Franziska Henke : guitare
- Vera Nikitine : piano, orgue
- Thomas Chabalier : piano, vibraphone, percussions
- Hugo Sallez : guitare