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” Un treasure… A rarity!” When Lionel Sow talks about the piece by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) that will be premiered at the new Radio France Occitanie festival that begins on July 8, superlatives abound in his mouth. “Even though it is a very small form [elle ne dure pas plus de sept à huit minutes, NDLR]this youthful composition is exceptional,” he said.

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Found twenty years in the past by likelihood in an public sale catalogue, first acquired by a personal particular person earlier than just lately re-emerging and being bought by the National Library in 2023, this rating incorporates the seeds of a number of of his future works. Starting with Daphnis and Chloe which can be performed the identical night*, by the musicians of the orchestra Les Siècles, the Choir of Radio et France and Renaud Capuçon on the violin.

Entitled “Amants qui suivre le chemin” in reference to the poem by Armand Silvestre (1837-1901) set to music, this work, conceived for choir and orchestra, takes the type of a small handwritten booklet of 18 pages, written in black ink and signed with the grasp's monogram: an oval with the letters M and R but in addition the letter J reversed (a nod to his engineer father Joseph Ravel). A approach of signing that Ravel solely used sometimes till December 1914. This piece was, actually, written between 1900 and 1905.

Ravel Rarity

“Its creation in Montpellier, under the direction of Louis Langrée – replacing François-Xavier Roth who was initially planned – is a small event. No public performance of this work is, in fact, known during the composer's lifetime,” emphasizes Michel Orier, director of the competition. “A hearing may have taken place at the Conservatoire national de musique but nothing is less certain,” qualifies Lionel Chow. The conductor of the Chœur de Radio France says he’s all of the extra happy to have the ability to take part on this creation as a result of the vocal writing of this work is near that of Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) to whom he’s very hooked up.

READ ALSO Gabriel Fauré's Centenary: When France (re)discovers its BeethovenWas it commissioned from Ravel by the person who was his composition instructor on the Paris Conservatoire from 1898? Perhaps. In any case, a number of passages give the impression of being winks to Gabriel Fauré, who himself drew inspiration from twelve poems by Armand Silvestre between 1878 and 1904 to compose items as various as The traveler, The craddles, Our loveor The secret. “The composition of this piece could be a response to training given by Fauré to his student, in view of the tests of the Prix de Rome competition attempted by Maurice Ravel on several occasions, in vain”, notes Lionel Sow.

New soundtrack Abel Gance

Another rarity can be carried out on July 18 and 19. It is the seven-hour rating composed particularly by composer Simon Cloquet-Laffolye to function the soundtrack to Abel Gance's masterpiece: Napoleon. This legendary movie, restored by the National Center for Cinematography (CNC) fifteen years in the past, was the topic of a primary screening on the Seine Musicale (Boulogne-Billancourt) on July 4 and 5. An alternative for spectators to find this monument of the seventh artwork in a brand new gentle.

READ ALSO Abel Gance's “Napoleon”, the prodigious resurrection of a masterpiece “The challenge was immense. Only 30 minutes of the score composed by Honegger were known. I had to imagine the rest,” smiles Simon Cloquet-Laffolye. Multiplying the allusions to the good works that served, within the nineteenth century, as accompaniment to silent cinema, from Mozart to Mahler, the composer didn’t, nevertheless, give in to the convenience of pastiche. “I wanted to imagine original melodies that would not betray the mystical poetry of this immense work, some of whose battle scenes are particularly spectacular,” he says.

“In Gance, the excessive seems spontaneous, rather than intentional. It presents a double character of romanticism for the content and symbolism for the form, in an alloy à la Hugo”, the director Jean Epstein used to say. The rating signed by Simon Cloquet-Laffolye remained devoted to this line. “Mixing a corpus of about one hundred and fifty pieces ranging from the end of the 18th to the end of the 20th century from Joseph Haydn to Krzysztof Penderecki and unpublished passages, I gave priority to the analysis of the meaning of the images by not systematically seeking to be illustrative”, he says.

The problem, in accordance with him, consisted in “combining the narrative and the symbolic by creating a complex weave from the chosen works in order to produce a new musical object.” An extra problem was that he forbade himself from resorting to sure anachronistic results corresponding to using sound results to simulate cannons, the noise of horses or swords within the main battle sequences. The soundtrack is on a par with the movie.

“Only Radio France could undertake such a work,” sighs Simon Cloquet-Laffolye, nonetheless amazed to have been capable of work with each the choirs and the choir of the Maison ronde, but in addition the Orchestre National de France and the tenor Benjamin Bernheim…

READ ALSO Benjamin Bernheim: “We must democratize access to lyrical art” After two and a half years of writing, the recording of this 1,500-page rating required greater than 2,000 takes remodeled fifty days by the 250 musicians of the Maison de la radio. The outcome delighted the director's daughter herself. I felt like my father was next to me “, stated Clarisse Gance, on the finish of the screening of the primary a part of the movie on May 14 on the Cannes Film Festival.

Film music can be within the highlight this yr in Montpellier. The opening live performance, given on July 8, at Place de l'Europe at 9 p.m., will combine excerpts from the credit ofIndiana Jonesof Contemptof Fantasy, Harry Potter And Star Warsalternating items by John Williams, Georges Delerue, Alexandre Desplat and Paul Dukas. All genres can be represented within the days that observe: from classical to electro to jazz in additional than 100 live shows given in round fifty places throughout town.

*Concert on July 9 at 8 p.m. on the Corum / Opéra Berlioz in Montpellier