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Partitura – Music Chapel & Maria-João Pires

One thing we can say about music is that we can do our best to grasp it and teach it, but one thing will always be missing this way, and that is grace, the unexpected miracle which gives music its true worth. It is this je ne sais quoi that drives composers to compose. It is grace which invites musicians – body and soul – to master their instrument and deepen their understanding. It is grace which draws music lovers to concerts to be part of a precious and unique event: the communication of this certain something, which is part of everyone’s make-up.

The requirement for this “transmission” is not only aesthetic, but also ethical: music, like all art, is part of the mystery that shapes humans.

Many schools and conservatories exist to simply analyze and teach music, but this transmission is of a quite different nature. The constraints linked to developing a career are hardly favorable: the dynamic of exams and competitions involves rivalry and self-glorification, and this greatly risks turning the musician away from this subtle dimension which is so difficult to attain. Everyone knows one can only harness grace.

It is in response to this issue that Maria João Pires launched the Partitura project. It is all about creating favourable circumstances for transmission by encouraging reciprocal listening between generations: inciting well-known musicians to foster young musicians and to invite them (as the name suggests) to share the concert platform.

And it is precisely then that this miracle is accomplished, in the presence of an attentive audience, combining interpretations and in one moment traversing space and time.

Aiming to thwart the harmful effects of the “star system”, to discover the potential of the upcoming generation, to offer a new perspective on the function of music and to deepen the sense of this concert ritual, the Partitura project and the Music Chapel provide a unique launch pad, along the same lines as its high expectations and aims. It is about rising to the challenge – for a music school, a composer, a musician, even for everyone in the audience. It is about awakening that sound which can easily escape us, but which gives us all meaning.

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