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The Salon of Princesse de Polignac Proust and his vignettes


  • Sat Apr 23 2022, 8:00pm
  • Sun Apr 24 2022, 10:00am
  • Sun Apr 24 2022, 12:00pm


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2022 is the 100th death anniversary of the great French novelist Marcel Proust. Known for his seven-volume novel À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time) that features countless references to composers before and of his time – it was in fact at the Parisian music salon of Princesse de Polignac where avant-garde premieres of living French composers were heard – that much of Proust’s musical education took place.

Join us in a special reminiscence of this Parisian salon and its music that inspired Proust’s vignettes of Debussy, Fauré, Satie and Ravel in the most respected novel of the twentieth century! Visit the official website for more details.
Evening Concert
8pm 23 Apr 2022
Ravel Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
Satie Choses vues à droite et à gauche (sans lunettes)
Debussy Berceuse héroïque Debussy Pièce pour le Vêtement du blessé Debussy Élégie Debussy Les soirs illuminés par l’ardeur du charbon
Fauré Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major
Concerts for Children
The Toys of Claude-Emma’s Playroom
10am 24 Apr 2022 for ages 0-6 (40 mins)
Debussy wrote and dedicated his Children’s Corner, a six-part piano suite to his three-year-old daughter ‘Chou-Chou’ starring a few of her favourite toys!  On this morning, let’s meet the toys of Claude-Emma’s playroom ~ a clumsy elephant, a gentle porcelain doll and a little shepherd!
Friendships and War
12noon 24 Apr 2022 for ages 6-12 (50 mins)
Friendships can be lost and gained in war.  Ravel wrote his Le Tombeau de Couperin as a memorial to seven of his friends who died fighting in World War I.  Debussy wrote his Les soirs illuminés par l’ardeur du charbon as a gift for his musical coal merchant who had moved scarce fuel to his home during the harsh wartime winter of 1917.  Join us for a morning of learning and reflection!

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