Exploration Experiment


Dear pianist,

First and for all, I wish you and your family a Happy New Year. May 2018 be a joyful, inspiring and creative year!

My name is Philippe Lamouris, a guest-professor, and researcher at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels (Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel). I am currently working on my Ph.D. titled “Composing and Performing with Emotions”.

I’m momentarily conducting a research on performing with emotions. My aim is to ask several pianists to play 2 pieces composed by me (two short preludes – see attachment), record them and then compare the recordings with each other. Hoping to find interesting similarities and differences.

Hereby you find a small description of my preludes and what I ask the pianists:

My 12 preludes were composed in an attempt to create music that evokes or contains emotions, but without having deep knowledge of knowing what evoking and containing emotions really mean.
Everyone has some idea of what emotions are and how they relate to music. There are multiple philosophical and psychological theories and explanations on the subject but common sense and musical and emotional intuition are what drives the listener, performer, and even the composer when listening or creating music.

My request to the performer of my preludes is the following:

Try to find the – according to you – best version of the piece that evokes emotions in the listener. I deliberately left out all dynamic, tempo and other parameters (f.e. expression signs) so you can create your version.
You can use or even manipulate certain parameters like dynamics/ tempo and color as you wish. The use of pedals, rubato is all your own choice. Try not to change notes/pitches or rhythms as they were already composed with the idea to create music that evokes emotions. Try to work together with the composer (me) to mix our ideas (basically my notes and your interpretation) of music that evokes emotions as so to create a unique version of the piece. It’s important your interpretation is honest and you only play it the way you like it (or as the ideal listener would like it), not just to please the composer.


If you are interested in being part of this interesting research and willing to study the 2 preludes please let me know so we can discuss some details further.

Kind regards,

Philippe Lamouris

Guest Professor KCB