Introduction to this twentieth-anniversary issue, in which the author provides the justification for this issue divided into three parts: “Yesterday”, in which the history of Circuit and that of some of its notable predecessors is discussed, “Today”, in which excerpts of scores scheduled to be premiered mostly during the 2009-2010 season are displayed without commentary, and “Tomorrow”, in which members of the contemporary music community answer a questionnaire on the future of the genre.
The cofounder of the journal tells the story of the origins and subsequent development of Circuit over the course of the decade in which he was Editor-in-Chief. Examining the intellectual context which saw the inception of the journal, the author emphasizes the importance of Circuitas a forum of important aesthetic debates. Some of the themes mentioned include issues on post-modernism, musique actuelle and electroacoustic music.
The author discusses the history, which is still waiting to be written, of Musique en jeu, the French music journal from the 1970s, which was an explicit model for Circuit. The article includes details about the journal’s birth and evolution over the course of the decade through interviews conducted at a public round table discussion on the past, present and future of music journals with two of Musique en jeu’s cofounders: its main organizer Dominique Jameux and one of its most notable collaborators, Jean-Pierre Derrien.
The author, former Editor-in-Chief of the journal, considers the current state and the future of Circuit by bringing it back to the question of its relevance with respect to a long tradition of discourse on music found in the pages of the French-language musical press throughout the 20th century, a tradition which includes such journals as Le Ménestrel (1833-1940), Le Monde musical (1889-1940), Le Courrier musical (1898-1933) and especially the Revue musicale, which flourished beginning in the 1920s.
Analia Llugdar, Sylvain Pohu, Robert Aitken, Wolf Edwards, Vincent Ho, Cléo Palacio-Quintin, Eldritch Priest, Cassandra Miller, Gabriel Dharmoo, Gabriel Dufour-Laperrière, Snezan Nesic, Nicolas Bernier, André Ristic, Gilles Tremblay, René Orea-Sanchez, Brian Current, Michel Gonneville, Dániel Péter Biró, Simon Bertrand, Éric Champagne, Frédéric Chiasson, Benoît Côté, Maxime Goulet, Marielle Groven and Pierre Olivier Roy
Jonathan Goldman, Réjean Beaucage, Nicolas Gilbert, Martin Iddon, Cléo Palacio-Quintin, Dániel Péter Biró, Jean-Michaël Lavoie, Detlef Heusinger, Charles-Antoine Fréchette, Giorgio Magnanensi, Marie-Hélène Breault, Moritz Eggert, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Peter Oswald, Hèctor Parra, Jennifer Waring, Clemens Merkel, John Oliver, Luca Francesconi and Christopher Butterfield