Masterclass in "Chorus direction"
CHORAL CONDUCTING WITH "THE NON-IDIOMATIC RETICULAR METHOD" - M° ENZO MARINO
Anthropologically the man is by nature mainly three things: an individual, a component of his own society, a human being, that is, belonging to the human species. These three factors are inseparable and form a whole to which our values, our needs, our aspirations refer.
The life of a man has two spheres: the prosaic one, composed of the things that a man does by necessity or to sustain himself and then there is the poetic sphere of life, that is, one in which one experiences one's own personality, in which one lives in communion with others and there are moments of harmony and joy.
For example, eating could belong to the prosaic sphere of life, but eating quality foods, cooked in a certain way give emotions that poetize a meal. Practically everything that contributes to producing a feeling of beauty and therefore of quality contributes to enriching the sphere of poetic life. Immediately the plot of War and Peace by Tolstoy comes to my mind: the characters live in their subjectivity, in their feelings, in their relationships and in their affectivity inserted in their social habitat. And each of the characters, even the most marginal, feels the need for recognition, acceptance from that network of situations that the poetic life imposes.
THE LIMITS OF THE CHOIR CONDUCTING TEXTBOOKS
La didattica della direzione di coro, a cui si fa riferimento anche in ambiente accademico, presenta ad oggi una segnata distinzione tra il prosaico e il poetico. Una didattica monolaterale che insegna ai direttori come “veicolare la massa” verso un andamento piuttosto che un altro. Che innesta la mentalità dell’imporsi con sapienza e conoscenza, per forgiare suoni di un certo tipo. Come se con ogni metallo si potesse realizzare un motore, o se mai un motore si potesse realizzare con un solo tipo di metallo. Una didattica prosaica che tende alla sopravvivenza dell’ego del direttore e alla sua auto affermazione. Metodo che per ricaduta passa ai direttori non professionisti come l’unico modo di dirigere che abbia un alto valore artistico. Tutto ciò ha un sapore, tutto ottocentesco, del dominio dell’orchestra o del coro.
THE NON-IDIOMATIC RETICULAR METHOD*
The non-idiomatic reticular method applied to the choir conducting is a poetic method in the above-mentioned meaning.
It deals with the context, the contents, it deals with the particular within the general, the relationship between the musical, textual, cultural and social components, taking into account the type of people with whom one works. The choir conductor is at the service of music, of communication, of contents, of the connections between human, social and moral values, which together are a true source of beauty for those who perform, for those who listen, for those who feel and internalize the message that the director and choristers convey in singing, becoming part of it.
The non-idiomatic reticular method is based on the economy and on the essentiality of the gesture, which brings with it the information but in the simplest and most immediate way possible.
An extemporaneous dialogue with the cantors is thus activated whom, not distracted by superfluous if not harmful gestures, can enjoy a continuous emotional and aesthetic stimulation, which will lead them into a poetic sphere, not binding them to mere performers of rhythms and sounds, but making them free to join forces to express emotions and feelings. A liberation from the conducting scheme, that opens the doors to communication, making the choir a real “expressive instrument”. Another cornerstone of the non-idiomatic reticular method is to embrace the main techniques of conducting, which will be used by choice and not for a dogma.
Those who approach the method do not receive rigid indications, but they will learn that there is always a range of possibilities to achieve a goal, avoiding becoming a clone of the teacher respecting the individuality, the character and the physicality of each learner.
Therefore, attention to the gestures and their effectiveness is noteworthy, in a gradual and structured process that, even in a few days, can direct a work that must be cultivated and continually verified in the work with the choir.
The Masterclasses can be requested by any Italian and foreign Association, that has an interest in forming choir conductors with the non-idiomatic method.
M. Enzo Marino. Trainer InChorus.
*N.B. The method is registered. Any embezzlement will be prosecuted and punished.