What is the difference between music reproduction and interpretation?
How is it possible to change the phrasing and expression of a classical music work, still respecting the composers’ ideas? It has often been discussed how an interpreter can go towards a personal-creative-arbitrary interpretation of the score.
This exceptional concert-challenge is intended to renew the piano recital format and to give the public more incentives for a conscious, critical and participative listening.
A human pianist, Roberto Prosseda, and TeoTronico, a speaking robot-pianist  will play the same pieces. The robot literally follows the indications in the score, without adding anything to it, while Roberto Prosseda adds what we call “interpretation”.The audience will be able to hear how different music can sound, depending from how and by whom it is interpreted.

Roberto Prosseda and TeoTronico will also discuss and debate their own performances, commenting and criticizing each other, in order to stimulate a better perception of the music from the audience.

There are 2 diiferent programs available:
The DUO- program Robot vs. human pianist is divided into three parts.
In the 1st part, we have the real challenge: The robot and Prosseda play the same pieces. The robot will literally reproduce the score using midi files "Robotics, and soon after Roberto Prosseda will repeat the same piece giving a more “human” expression, in order to highlight the differences between a mere reproduction and a real, natural interpretation.  

In the 2nd part, the robot will incarnate great pianists of the past (Rachmaninoff, Busoni, Hoffman) by reproducing piano rolls they have
. Based on these rare recordings which made the history of piano interpretation over the past 100 years, the aesthetic debate then moves
on to the history of piano interpretation.

In the 3rd part, the robot will perform original music for player piano, such as Etude for pianola by Stravinsky and two studies of Conlon
: a cult composer who was among the first composers to fully understand the potential of the player piano.

A FAMILY programm with symphonic orchestra
TeoTronico and Roberto Prosseda are performing pieces for piano and orchestra. TeoTronico can follow the indications of the conductor, if in “mirror-mode”, remotely controlled by Roberto Prosseda as a "ghost-pianist" backstage. In this mode, the robot mirrors Prosseda’s playing in real-time, including dynamic nuances and "rubato".
Inbetween the pieces, Teotronico discusses with prosseda and the conductor, because in his opinion their intepretation doesn't follow strictly and verbally the indocations of the score, but adds too much 'human' touch.

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