T h e c o m p o s e r
Yann Jaffrennou was born in 1952 in Strasbourg / France.
1977 his wife, originally from Brittany, gives him cause for going into celtic music. So he composed between 1977 and 1979 exclusively celtic piano pieces.
After he met Roland Darquoy (1979), his
compositions become more extended, with indian and far-eastern influences. By exploring piano sounds, he wants to get back to the string-roots of the piano. But this is not possible without a certain
interpretation: The touch of the pianist has to produce indeed the sounds of harp or sitar strings, or even the synthesizer sounds.
By time many other musical traditions get more and more important (Chinese, Japanese, ancient Greek, minimal music, american Indian, tzigan).
In 1980 he expresses himself by some messages like:
The classical pianist is not creative enough ; his tails attract too much attention
We shouldn't confound contemporary music with actual
music: The first one is still classical, the last one no more
The piano is not an instrument which is more classical than
any other one
Future music will englobe any scales and expressive
possibilities - from the East and from the West
On a piano You can do and imitate anything, said F.Liszt, even the synthesizer, would we say
In 1998 he puts his theoretical point of view in concret terms with two writings which should be considered by those, who are interested by the
fascinating confrontation of the musical languages of Orient and Occident:
Catalogue of the 2048 musical scales
The inner lyre, a grammar of music