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Jean-Louis Pasteur in 1997 by Eric Grossemy
Jean-Louis Pasteur, born on the 26th of January 1952 in Saint-Mandé, is a French engineer, musician - a performer, composer, musicologist and professor - and sonneteer.
Since 2012, he has been residing close to Eisenach, Johann Sebastian Bach's birthplace*.
Fields of activity
Science and Technology
A 1975 graduate of the Grande École Sup'Aéro*, Energy and Propulsion option, Jean-Louis Pasteur worked three years, from 1977 to 1979, as an engineer within Framatome S.A. (Paris La Défense)*, for the design of safety systems against accidents in the primary coolant loop of French nuclear power plants.
Rural cyberpioneer1, he fulfilled during eight years, from 2002 to 2010, from his home in Creuse, the functions of administrative and financial manager of the Depresle Architecture and Urbanism Studio (Paris)*, thus proving that telework is a key to the future of depopulated countryside, even at executive level.
In mathematics teaching, Jean-Louis Pasteur was a professor at Port-Gentil (Gabon) State High School* through the 1975-1976 school year ; he practised as an examiner in preparatory classes for entrance to scientific and business Grandes Ecoles of Louis-Le-Grand* and Saint-Louis Lycées (Paris) from 1979 to 1981 and as a teaching assistant at Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris)* in the 1979-1980 school year.
Jean-Louis Pasteur collaborated occasionally in scientific research as a translator*, as an assistant to his father, the biologist Georges Pasteur, on herpetological mission*, as the cartographer for Creuse departement* of the French Society of Orchidophily and as a surveyor to the Regional Office of Archaeology for Limousin*.
A former student of the Castilian master Joaquín ROCA, Jean-Louis Pasteur devoted himself from 1981 till 1988 to classical and flamenco guitar.
From 1981 to 1985, he was the guitar teacher2 of Framatome work council*.
At the same time, he devised a specific system of musical notation for flamenco guitar playing and wrote out a music score anthology, the first one in French language, for this instrument (see below). This work was supported through radio interviews and recordings3/4/5/6/7.
From 1986 to 1988, he performed animations and recitals with two different programmes, "Three guitars for one solo" and "Guitars", alternating three instruments within each show : a classical guitar for the Renaissance and Romantic repertoires, a Flamenco guitar for the Spanish repertoire and a ten-string guitar, including four drones, for the Baroque lute repertoire8/9/10/11/12/13.
A CD giving a glimpse into his classical guitar repertoire was compiled from radio recordings (see below).
As a Gregorian cantor, Jean-Louis Pasteur developed from 1989 to 1993 an original solo a cappella recital of Gregorian chant14/15/16, aiming to recreate the magical merging of this mediaeval monody with the reverberant acoustics of nave vaults. From 1994 to 1996 he performed programmes such as : "Masses of yesteryear" or "Easter time and the Virgin" in Romanesque churches of several French regions17/18/19/20/21/22/23/24/25/26/27/28/29/30/31/32/33 and appeared within the twentieth Spoleto Festival U.S.A. in Charleston (South Carolina)34/35/36/37.
From 1989 to 1995, Jean-Louis Pasteur explored, in particular in the holdings of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the répertoire of French Waltzes over one century, from 1830 to 1930 : his research led him to rescue from oblivion some 300 dance music composers and a music score corpus which he estimates at more than 5000 waltzes worth rediscovering.
He gave a first insight into this heritage through two CDs, produced in 1995 and 1996 with then cutting-edge processes of Computer Aided Music, in which he plays twenty-four of those waltzes and two quadrilles (see below). This work was supported through radio broadcasts38/39/40.
Piano and composition
A SACEM member as composer, Jean-Louis Pasteur is the author of Flamenco guitar rhapsodies, of piano pieces published on CD (see below) and of a Pater Noster in melismatic Gregorian chant.
A state-certified professor of Classics* , Jean-Louis Pasteur belonged during three years, from 1997 to 2000, to the faculty of Clermont-Ferrand educational district.
Jean-Louis Pasteur and his year 11 class at the Lycée Virlogeux in Riom, through the school year 1997-1998
Convinced of the pedagogical virtues of reciting poetry in middle and high school, he carried out creative projects in that direction with his classes (see below).
A sonneteer (see below), Jean-Louis Pasteur is acutely interested (see below) in the pan-European success of the sonnet, this poetic form which overcame all language and border barriers within the continent several centuries before the Maastricht Treaty.
He regularly publishes videos on Internet video hosting and sharing platforms to promote classical poetry (see below).
- December 1985 : Guitare Flamenco41/42 . ISBN : 2-9501167-0-1 . ^
BL London : UIN BLL01005266430 . FRBNF Paris : notice n° 39594292 . NLA Canberra : BibID 2107978 .
BLOU Oxford : ASN 020012880 . Juilliard NY : Rec b1005431 . UCLA Los Angeles : RecID 2726210 . RU CCPA Chicago : Rou 120006 .
USYD Sidney : Rec b2508541-S4 . UniMelb Melbourne : Rec b1734998-S30 . TCM Tokyo : BbID ML10004475 .
Book : a method and anthology using an original sytem of music notation aiming to faithfully translate all specific effects of Flamenco guitar and comprising 20 music scores for solo concert :
Alegría por enmedio,
Alegría "La Rosa",
Tientos y Tanguillos de Cádiz,
Fandango de Huelva,
Canción de cuna.
"This method is extraordinary in more ways than one. The author spent four years writing it. That seems a minimum, having regard to the amount of work it entails. Jean-Louis Pasteur wrote first of all, in a perfectly clear and concise manner, an introduction to Flamenco harmony, rhythm and specific technique. Secondly, he developed a notation system. On the basis of his master Joaquín Roca's teaching, he then composed twenty arrangements. And he lastly copied und published all that (179 pages) on his own. But what a result ! now a flamenco method accessible to any trained guitarist, and unveiling all the secrets of this art." 43
"This collection is based on the teaching of Joaquín Roca, a master with whom the author got trained. This work comprises a substantial introduction to Flamenco art and technique. There follow twenty arrangements of the main "toques" of Flamenco guitar. Far away from any partisan passion, I cannot but commend the work accomplished here, the seriousness of its deepening and the obvious commitment of the author, who is also a performer." 44
"Nos encontramos ante una antología con cassette de flamenco, a través de 20 arreglos para solo de guitarra, según las enseñanzas de su maestro Joaquín Roca (†1981). Lo original de la presente antología reside precisamente en intentar traducir al pentagrama musical la transmisión exclusivamente oral del flamenco. Las 17 primeras páginas están dedicadas a una iniciación técnica: tonalidad, armonía y ritmo del flamenco. Esta misma novedad puede encontrar vivas polémicas y discutidas opiniones." 45
- October 1987 : Guitare Flamenco .
BL London : UIN BLLSA6385766. FRBNF Paris : notice n° 38170679 . NLA Canberra : BibID 2107978 .
BLOU Oxford : ASN 020013007 . UniMelb Melbourne : Rec b1734998-S30 .
Audiotape ref. JLP 8710 then CD ref. JLP 0202 : 7 rhapsodies from the abovementioned anthology performed by Jean-Louis Pasteur : Soleares, Fandango de Huelva, Granadinas, Taranta, Petenera, Farruca, Zambra mora.
"Jean-Louis Pasteur has chosen to live in Creuse. A few months ago he published an outstanding piece of work devoted to Flamenco guitar. He has just given a continuation to this method-anthology by recording an audiocassette of Flamenco guitar, which comprises seven rhapsodies written and performed by himself. He dedicated them to the memory of Joaquín Roca, a Spanish master of whom he was the student. With his cassette, Jean-Louis Pasteur leads us far from Creuse, towards Andalusia. Through his seven compositions (the full scores of which may be found in his book), he demonstrates the diversity, the great wealth and also the musical quality of andalusian gypsies' folklore. One is first seduced by the manufacturing quality of this cassette recorded in Guipavas. It offers us some forty minutes of a music full of emotions, with genuine, riveting tones. Pasteur shows his performing skills. His complete mastery of the instrument, his ability to render guitar nuances, especially in the accents, can be admired. Pasteur makes his instrument sing and highlights its resources. It is true that Pasteur benefits from a beautiful experience : he was trained by Roca and he taught during four years. He is today proposing his recital "Three guitars for one solo" (Renaissance, Flamenco and J.S. Bach music). But, as he shows it with his cassette, he has a very special penchant for Andalusian gypsies' music. He loves this mysterious and bewitching art, which he shares with us in compositions such as "Soleares", "Granadinas", or "Farruca". It's superb. Furthermore, Pasteur succeeded in giving a unity to his cassette, creating an expressive atmosphere which plunges us into a world of emotions and mysteries." 46
- February 1991 : Theory and Practice of Flamenco Guitar . ISBN : 2-9501167-1-X .
BL London : UIN BLL01005266429. FRBNF Paris : notice n° 39578661 . NLA Canberra : BibID 585657 .
BLOU Oxford : ASN 020012491 . Juilliard NY : Rec b1005439 . UCLA Los Angeles : RecID 4273041 . RU CCPA Chicago : Rou 120010 .
USYD Sidney : Rec b2508544-S4 . UniMelb Melbourne : Rec b1736310-S30 . TCM Tokyo : BbID TL94000293 .
Book : a technical guide to theoretical and practical bases required for playing Flamenco guitar.
"The author, who already signed a Flamenco anthology, approaches this new work as an introduction to the latter. After a short foreword, are displayed to us, often in table form, the tonalities, modes, chords, rhythms and techniques peculiar to this style. I think there is a lot to learn in this book, which presents very clearly the essentials, but why is it written in English ?" 47
"Cuaderno de nociones teóricas y prácticas para "tocaores" de guitarra. Va dirigido tanto a guitarristas principiantes como a avanzados. Facilita el aprendizaje de los neófitos mediante múltiples escalas, acordes y ritmos. Es continuación de la antología con cassette que publicó hace dos años. Su contenido es: tonos y armonías del flamenco, cuadro de modos, escalas y toques, cadencias, ritmos flamencos, técnica, etc. Todo ello muy condensado." 48
"Pasteur's "Theory and Practice of Flamenco Guitar" is the most complete analysis in English of this style of music that I have ever seen. In a clear and concise way, it provides an introduction for the intermediate or advanced guitarist to understanding this esoteric, exclusively oral tradition. The well-notated scores in "Guitare Flamenco" provide authentic material for the performer or ethnomusicologist." 49
2. Compact disc
3. Technical guide
- November 1995 : The Golden Century of French Waltzes (1830-1930) / Whirling Feasts (1830-1880)50 . FRBNF : notice n° 38333655 ^
CD ref. JLP 9511 : 8 waltzes et 2 quadrilles by the composers
Cellarius & Laborde,
Gaston de Lille,
Suzanne Pillevesse et
Émile Waldteufel, performed on a
multitimbral digital piano by Jean-Louis Pasteur.
"A pianist, guitarist, singer, composer, data processing expert and waltz medallist of the French Dance Federation, Jean-Louis PASTEUR performs all those pieces in the piano version ; he then uses the cutting-edge processes of computer aided music to treat, edit and above all register through a wide range of musical timbres the sound files of those waltzes, which combine in this way the nervousness and rhythm of the keyboard and the colours and suggestiveness of other instrumental and synthetic sonorities ... ending up with a result which matches the endeavour,... rare, precious, delicate, stunning ! An indispensable CD !" 51
- October 1996 : The Golden Century of French Waltzes (1830-1930) / Elating Romances (1880-1930)52 . FRBNF : notice n° 38348452
CD ref. JLP 9610 : 16 waltzes by the composers
Marie-Héloïse de Pierpont,
Francis Popy et
Ciro Urbini, performed on a multitimbral digital piano by Jean-Louis Pasteur.
"No, the waltz cannot be summarized to the Strausses or Waldteufel, such might be the credo of Jean-Louis PASTEUR, a passionate lover and tireless discoverer who, from a censused corpus of more than 300 names, undertook to pull out of darkness some composers quite forgotten nowadays but whose musics thrilled whole generations from the 1830s to the «Années folles». Attics, private collections, publishing house inventories, treasures of the French National Library, nothing escaped him and he unveils here for us his most beautiful discoveries, which he plays with taste and this whiff of nostalgia without which waltz would not fully be what it is. To be discovered." 53
4. Compact disc 1
5. Compact disc 2
- May 1998 : After the Battle... To recite the rhymed metre in highschool. ^
CAPES Dissertation in Classics defended at the IUFM of Clermont-Ferrand.
- June 1999 : Post-scriptum54 . FRBNF : notice n° 38443885 ^
CD ref. JLP 9906 : 25 compositions by Jean-Louis Pasteur et 4 pieces by
Enrique Granados et
performed on the piano by Jean-Louis Pasteur.
- July 1999 : The Tonaliscope . INPI Designs and models : registration n° 994535
Registered invention : a music slide rule, in form of a cardboard kit, intended for deducing the key of a music piece from its key signature and vice versa.
7. Compact disc
8. The Tonaliscope
- January 2000 : Lettre aux Fées55/56 . ISBN : 2-9501167-2-8 . FRBNF : notice n° 38474084 ^
Book with CD : a collection of 25 poems by Jean-Louis Pasteur, 21 of which are sonnets on contemporary topics. In the CD, the author himself recites his poems.
"Curious is the Letter to Fairies from this engineer, furthermore a specialist in teaching rhymed metre recitation in highschool, which starts with a hilarious dialogue between the literary critic Doctissimus and Bobotonto, alias the author, where the latter defends with brio the rhyme and the alexandrine versus the ridiculed upholder of free verse and abstruse poetry. The illustration of Pasteur's poetic approach, composed of twenty-five odes or sonnets, is brilliant and faultless, and the subjects diverse and often contemporary : rollerskating, Arabic language, crime against humanity or Phocylides's maxims... This magician of the classical verse, who enjoys adorning himself with a top hat, also says his texts with an impeccable scansion, as evidenced by the CD which accompanies the book." 57
- December 2015 : Jean-Louis Pasteur, guitariste classique ^
CD ref. JLP 1512 : 4 pieces recorded in 1984 et 27 in Radio France Creuse studio on June 23rd 1988. Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Spanish and South-American repertoire.
9. Book with CD
10. Compact disc
- February 2016 : The Golden Century of French Waltzes (1830-1930) / Rustles beneath Crystals
Series of 6 videos in which Jean-Louis Pasteur performs on the piano 6 unpublished waltzes by the composers
Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély,
- September 2016 : The Sonnet throughout Europe ^
Series of 5 videos in which Jean-Louis Pasteur presents and recites, in their original languages, sonnets by
Antero de Quental,
Francisco de Quevedo,
- April 2017 : The French classical poetry recounted and recited by Jean-Louis Pasteur ^
Series of 30 videos in which Jean-Louis Pasteur presents and recites poems by
Théodore de Banville,
José-Maria de Heredia,
Charles Leconte de Lisle,
Alfred de Musset,
- Since October 2015 : Miscellaneous videos in English
Notes and references
01.^. Jean-Baptiste Claverie,
The new ICT in the countryside, Canal +, Cyber-Flash, Paris, June 19th 1997, 4'02"
02.^. Christine Ockrent,
A guitar in the open air, Antenne 2, 8 pm TV news broadcast, Paris, April 21st 1984, 1'11"
03.^. Olivier Bernager,
The Unexpected, France-Musique, Paris, October 16th 1986, 10'39"
04.^. Alex Dutilh,
Amateurs, be advised !, France-Musique, Paris, December 15th 1986, 10'47"
05.^. Aris Fakinos, Songs of the Earth, France-Musique, Paris, December 31st 1986, 19'33"
06.^. Edith Walter, The music calendar (First part), Radio-Notre-Dame, Paris, February 3rd 1986, 32'49"
07.^. Edith Walter, The music calendar (Second part), Radio-Notre-Dame, Paris, February 3rd 1986, 24'52"
08.^. Gouzon : Guitar recital in the church with Jean-Louis Pasteur, La Montagne Centre France - Edition Creuse, March 25th 1987, p. 7
09.^. Concert Jean-Louis Pasteur, La Montagne Centre France - Edition Creuse, April 16th 1987
10.^. Jean Pavillet, Bollène, 3rd Summer Festival. Jean-Louis Pasteur, guitarist : the musical hour..., Le Provençal - Edition Nord-Vaucluse, July 14th 1988, p. 6
11.^. Jean Pavillet, Bollène, 3rd Summer Festival. Jean-Louis Pasteur : forbidden games... and Flamenco guitar !, Le Provençal - Edition Nord-Vaucluse, July 25th 1988
12.^. Robert Guinot, Concert : Jean-Louis Pasteur bewitches Ahun church, La Montagne Centre France - Edition Creuse, August 1st 1988, p. 4
13.^. Jean-Louis Pasteur at Ahun, Le Populaire du Centre, August 1st 1988, p. 5
14.^. Isabelle Vigouroux, Gregorian chant : Jean-Louis Pasteur in concert at Noth, France 3 Limousin, 7-8 pm TV news broadcast, Limoges, July 27th 1994, 2'13"
15.^. Marie Feiertag, Gregorian chant : Jean-Louis Pasteur in concert at Clairavaux, Télé Millevaches, Le Magazine du Plateau , n°13, Faux-La-Montagne, September 1994, 3'36"
16.^. Robert Guinot, Gregorian chant : Jean-Louis Pasteur in Creuse churches, La Montagne Centre France - Edition Creuse, July 7th 1994, p. 2
17.^. Robert Guinot, Santoni and Pasteur : From organ to Gregorian chant, La Montagne Centre France - Edition Creuse, July 13th 1994, p. 9
18.^. Evaux-les-Bains : Success of Gregorian chants, La Montagne Centre France - Edition Creuse, July 27th 1994, p. 8
19.^. Noth : Jean-Louis Pasteur, the apostle of Gregorian chant, La Montagne Centre France - Edition Creuse, August 2nd 1994, p. 6
20.^. A capella : Gregorian chants at Antignac, La Montagne Centre France - Edition Cantal, August 11th 1994, p. 6
21.^. Antignac : Singular event, La Montagne Centre France - Edition Cantal, August 22nd 1994
22.^. Sorde-l'Abbaye : Gregorian chant in the abbey church, Sud-Ouest - Edition Landes, August 22nd 1994, p. 5
23.^. Robert Guinot, Gregorian : Jean-Louis Pasteur solo a capella, La Montagne Centre France - Edition Creuse, August 23rd 1994, p. 2
24.^. Robert Guinot, Gregorian chant : J.-L. Pasteur illuminates churches, La Montagne Centre France - Edition Creuse, August 1st 1995, p. 8
25.^. Ternant : Gregorian chant recital, Le Journal du Centre, August 9th 1995
26.^. Aubeterre-sur-Dronne : A cappella recital, Sud-Ouest - Edition Charente, August 12th 1995, p. E
27.^. Ternant : the atmosphere of masses of yesteryear, Le Journal du Centre, August 15th 1995, p. 5
28.^. Th. P., Saint-Angel : A performer among angels, La Montagne Centre France - Edition Corrèze, August 19th 1995, p. 8
29.^. With the Friends of Thines : From a concert to the next one, La Tribune - Edition Ardèche, Thursdays August 17th and 24th 1995 . n° 33/34, p. 44
30.^. Evaux-les-Bains : Jean-Louis Pasteur sings the beauty of Gregorian, La Montagne Centre France - Edition Creuse, September 6th 1995, p. 8
31.^. Aubeterre-sur-Dronne : Gregorian chant in the monolithic church, Sud-Ouest - Edition Charente, September 13th 1995, p. F
32.^. Evaux-les-Bains : A beautiful concert, La Montagne Centre France - Edition Creuse, September 20th 1995, p. 9
33.^. 7th Romanesque art Festival of Issoire : Mailhat lights up with Gregorian chants, La Montagne Centre France - Edition Puy-de-Dôme, September 21st 1995, p. 9
34.^. Robert Guinot, Jean-Louis Pasteur sets out to conquer America, La Montagne Centre France - Edition Creuse, April 2nd 1996, p. 2
35.^. Spoleto Festival USA 1996, Twentieth Anniversary, Intermezzi, Gregorian Chants : Jean-Louis Pasteur (Baritone), from the official brochure, Charleston (South Carolina), May-June 1996
36.^. William D. Gudger, Spoleto today : Intermezzi II, The Post and Courier, Charleston (South Carolina), May 28th 1996, p. 4
37.^. William D. Gudger, Spoleto today : Intermezzi VI, The Post and Courier, Charleston (South Carolina), June 7th 1996, p.2
38.^. Laurence Fidry, The classical appointment : the portrait of the week, Radio-France-Creuse, Guéret, August 14th 1994, 10'55"
39.^. Marie-Hélène Fraïssé, The great escape : The Rollermania , France-Culture, Paris, March 24th 1995, 50'10"
40.^. Laurence Fidry, The classical appointment : the favourite of the week, Radio-France-Creuse, Guéret, December 10th 1995, 14'00"
41.^. New book : Guitare Flamenco by Jean-Louis Pasteur, La Nouvelle République du Centre-Ouest - Edition Indre-et-Loire, January 9th 1986, p. H
42.^. Robert Guinot, The people / Jean-Louis Pasteur, Limousin-Marche Magazine, January 1987 . n°288, p. 21
43.^. Jean-Pierre Chauvineau, Guitare Flamenco by Jean-Louis Pasteur, L'Education musicale, Paris, June/July 1986 . n°329-330, p. 57 (ISSN 0013-1415)
44.^. François Dry, "Jean-Louis Pasteur : Guitare flamenco and cassette", Les Cahiers de la Guitare, Paris, 3rd quarter 1989 . n°31, p. 47
45.^. Mariano Pérez Gutiérrez, PASTEUR Jean-Louis : Guitare flamenco, Revista Música y Educación, Madrid, July 1990, p. 150
46.^. Robert Guinot, All the richness of Flamenco in a cassette by Jean-Louis Pasteur, La Montagne Centre France - Edition Creuse, February 28th 1988, p. 5
47.^. Danielle Ribouillot, Jean-Louis Pasteur : Theory and Practice of Flamenco Guitar, Les Cahiers de la Guitare, Paris, 3rd quarter 1991 . n° 39, p. 48
48.^. Mariano Pérez Gutiérrez, PASTEUR Jean-Louis : Theory and Practice of Flamenco Guitar, Revista Música y Educación, Madrid, June 1992
49.^. Pamela Kimmel, Jean-Louis Pasteur : Flamenco guitar, Written evaluation made as Chairman of Guitar department, Roosevelt University, Chicago U.S.A., January 14th 1992
50.^. Pierre-Marcel Ondher, in the dedication of his triple C.D. L'Empire de la Valse offered to Jean-Louis Pasteur, April 2002 : "...With my signs of great esteem for the exceptional quality of your patient researches and of your talented and expressive interpretation of French waltzes. With all my wishes for the success (even belated) of your endeavour, my encouragements and my warmest greetings."
51.^. Gérard Cay, Monthly phonographic selection : French Waltzes, Whirling Feasts, Mélodies en couleurs, Cercle Des Musiques Disparues, Levallois-Perret, February 2002 . n° 136, p.24 à 26
52.^. Gérard Cay, Monthly phonographic selection : French Waltzes, Elating Romances, Mélodies en couleurs, Cercle Des Musiques Disparues, Levallois-Perret, March 2002 . n° 137, p. 12 et 13
53.^. Monthly selection, the choice of the editorial team : The Golden Century of French Waltzes, albums 1 and 2, Jean-Louis PASTEUR, Ecouter voir, the information to musical diffusion professionals, Paris, Août-Septembre 1997 . n° 68/69, p. 39
54.^. Robert Guinot, Jean-Louis Pasteur, pianist, La Montagne Centre France - Edition Creuse, July 30th 1999, p. 7
55.^. Robert Guinot, Jean-Louis Pasteur writes to fairies, La Montagne Centre France - Edition Creuse, March 21st 2000
56.^. Robert Guinot, Jean-Louis Pasteur met his readers, La Montagne Centre France - Edition Creuse, March 25th 2000
57.^. Martin Muze, Brief chronicles / Jean-Louis Pasteur, Les Citadelles, Revue de Poésie, Paris, year 2001, N°6, p. 134
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