Classical music

The term “classical music”, emblematic of a symbolic hierarchy in musical genres, has, paradoxically, no very precise definition. It is Western scholarly music, written on scores, whether religious or secular. But it is just as much the music of the 18th and 19th Centuries (a period of so-called “classical”). Among others.

Even if its reality is blurred, it is very clear that the function of classical music is to place itself in a position of superiority over popular music, from that of the Middle Ages to that of the 21st Century. It is the music of the elites, one of the instruments of power. It is therefore not at all neutral in political terms. One only has to look at the way it is taught in the Conservatories and the socio-cultural composition of its audience. This in no way diminishes the importance and beauty of the works, nor the talent of the composers and performers.

Content linked to Classical music

A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’50s, 2018). Soprano: Karina Desbordes.

Unfold the world, feel the music of the past, which can open our perception of present reality.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (12’56s, 2016). With Bénédicte Loyen.

Feverish dream in a baroque chapel. A vanitas with words.

A film by Benoît Labourdette, in collaboration with Louise Moaty (3’59s, 2014).

Charlotte Delbo’s words emanate from human traces of people who were living there a few hours earlier.

Classical:NEXT 2018 (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) featured France. Opening evening on May 16, 2018, for 700 professionals from the classical music sector. At the request of Françoise Clerc, head of classical & jazz of the agency Le Bureau (...)

A film by Benoît Labourdette (1’36s, 2015).

Making the musical video teaser of “This is not a dream” (Louise Moaty and Alexei Lubimov). Magic between production of live images and modern music.

A movie by Benoît Labourdette (3’24s, 2014).

Royaumont abbey : get there and rebuild it...

We designed, me and the stage director Louise Moaty, a video installation to shoot live on stage of the opera “The cunning little vixen”, produced by the Arcal, released January 15, 2016 at the Maison de la Musique in Nanterre (France), on tour in (...)

Slide bouncing on pink and purple hills. Instrumental Music, 2017, 3’21s. Improvisation by Benoît Labourdette (synthesizers). Improvisation carried out in private, September 5, 2017 (Benoît Labourdette (...)

To live in a universe made of white noise, which suddenly begins to beat like the heart. Instrumental music, 2017, 3’45s. Improvisation by Benoît Labourdette (synthesizers). Improvisation carried out in private, October 5, 2017 (Benoît (...)

A selection of music that I have composed and performed for my films.

In 2000, I designed a series of 12 films to be broadcasted in loops in different precise ways. “2D” Aesthetics of these purely plastic and infographic films is set in relation to the fact that the television screens at the time have lost their (...)

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