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« The comments we make about music have always seemed to me to be singularly insipid,
the language being unable to speak clearly about this art that[…] engulfs all commentary. »
Jean-Michel Maulpoix, Musique et bruits de chaises in La Musique inconnue
The spite of Jean-Michel Maulpoix was experienced by all those who wrote or talked about music; it is that the mysterious does not allow itself to be approached easily and is resistant to the fixations of language. Many music-loving intellectuals (Barthes, Jankelevich…) have been afflicted by this resistance, and have clearly described the impossibility of language to fully grasp the meaning of music. But love capsizes the most erudite, and these learned characters nevertheless continued to fill pages, struggling passionately to summon the only subject that, according to themselves, they could not find. Not content to be in love, a music lover evoking etymology, is madly so. In other words, it is impossible to resist. Music is all-consuming and talking about it becomes necessary, however impossible that may be.
As music lovers, we take the risk of talking about music. This year, five of our concerts will be preceded by introductory conversations, to which we invite you. These moments of encounter will be curious, warm, hungry – in love! Elements of contextualization, musical analysis sketches, guided listening, reading, debates… everything will be possible. A single watchword: pleasure. And if the music escapes the words, we will at least try to get a little closer to it, and taste the sovereign and slightly melancholic joy of walking towards it, the beautiful unknown, which passes.
The avants-concerts take place 1 hour prior to the beginning of the concert.
Saturday, 17th August 2019 | AUTOUR DE CHOPIN
Avant-concert of Babayan joue Chopin
Wednesday, 21st August 2019 | ENTRE STRAVINSKY & HK GRUBER
Avant-concert of Klangforum Wien, ‘Frankenstein arrive…’
Sunday, 25th August 2019 | MUSIQUES DU BRÉSIL
Avant-concert of Brésil, classique & populaire
Wednesday, 28th August 2019 | VOIX BAROQUES
Avant-concert of La Voce Strumentale
Saturday, 31st August 2019 | LES SEXTUORS DE BRAHMS
Avant-concert of Vernikov & Da Silva