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Prosseda Vs TeoTronico - Human Pianist Vs. Robot Pianist

What is the difference between music reproduction and interpretation? What does “rubato” mean? How is it possible to change the phrasing and expression of a classical music work, still respecting the composers’ ideas?

In this unique project, a human pianist, Roberto Prosseda, challenges a robot-pianist, TeoTronico. They will play the same pieces and the audience will notice how different they can sound, depending on the interpretation. The robot literally follows the indications in the score, without adding anything to it, while Roberto Prosseda adds what we call “interpretation”. 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.


TeoTronico vs Roberto Prosseda

The debate on the role of the interpreter has been open for many decades. It has often been discussed how an interpreter can go towards a personal-creative-arbitrary interpretation of the score. This concert-challenge is intended to renew the piano recital format and to give the public more incentives for a conscious, critical and participative listening.


TeoTronico VIDEOS:

CCTV, Culture Express (episode of 31/5/2018) https://news.cgtn.com/news/3345544d32454464776c6d636a4e6e62684a4856/share_p.html TeoTronico at CCTV1, Sept. 1 2017, with Lang Lang https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5DECAneSfc TeoTronico at World Robot Conference, Beijing, 23-27 August 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3pButfGU5c TeoTronico at Hunan TV with Zhang Ye, May 23, 2017: http://www.mgtv.com/b/315558/3942889.html?fpa=se Globo TV, Brazil http://g1.globo.com/fantastico/noticia/2013/05/robo-pianista-de-53-dedos-desafia-maestro-e-toca-cancao-brasileira.html


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