À LA FRANÇAISELeclair, Roussel, Debussy, Yun, Rameau
Duration: 60 minutes (no interval)
This programme presents different aspects of French music, from Rameau (1683-1784) to the present day. It is also a celebration of travel. Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764) was born in Lyon and spent his career not only in France, but also in Italy and Holland. The soloist in his Oboe Concerto will be Gabriel Pidoux, winner of the Public Prize in the 2016 Be The ONE Oboe Competition, held in Ljubljana. Albert Roussel (1869-1937) embarked on a naval career before he turned to music. His teachers included Vincent d’Indy, at the Schola Cantorum in Paris. His Sinfonietta of 1934 exemplifies the asperity, charm and vivacity of his later style. 2018 will be the centenary of the death of Claude Debussy, one of the pillars of the French school and the author in 1914 of the Six épigraphes antiques, a suite of six short pieces, originally written for piano four hands. Much of his incidental music for Pierre Loüys’s Les Chansons de Bilitis (1901) found its way into this work. The Korean-born German composer Isang Yun (1917-1995) was one of the great composers of the twentieth century. In his creative and original music he developed a hybrid style, combining the aesthetics of both Eastern and Western cultures. In Tapis (1987) we notice the urgent melodic writing and the rich layering of the strings. To close this concert, the Danse des Sauvages from Les Indes galantes by another great French composer and theorist, Jean-Philippe Rameau, is a piece that everyone will recognise. It whisks us away us to a forest on the borders of the French and Spanish colonies in America, for the celebration of the ceremony of the Peace Pipe.
Nicolas Chalvin, conductor
Gabriel Pidoux, oboe
Orchestre des Pays de Savoie
Six épigraphes antiques, version for string orchestra (1914/1915)
Oboe Concerto, op. 7, no. 3 (1737)
Sinfonietta for string orchestra, op. 52 (1934)
Tapis for strings (1987)
Danse des Sauvages from Les Indes galantes (1735)
The first part of each concert given in Haute-Savoie will be played by a young orchestra sponsored by the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie. In partnership with the Haute-Savoie Departmental Council.