|Génération Baroque 2011|
G.F. Haendel : Acis & Galatea
a masque, Cannons 1718
Nicolas Poussin - Acis et Galatée, 1627-1628
The pastorale Acis and Galatea is one of Handel’s finest works. Indeed, it is one of the most delightful works in the whole musical repertory, a shepherds’ pastorale set in Arcadia (called ‘masque’ or ‘shepherds’ opera’ in contemporary sources) which is situated midway between concert piece and opera, like its closest French equivalent, Charpentier’s Pastorale de Noël, an earlier composition dealing with a biblical subject.The libretto, taken from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, tells of the love of the shepherd Acis and the nymph Galatea, which is thwarted by the Cyclops Polyphemus. The pastoral charm and depiction of pure happiness of the first part turn into a touching portrait of grief at the death of Acis – which does not exclude contrasting elements of comedy and parody in the roles of Polyphemus and Damon.
Composed at Cannons in 1718 for modest forces of around fifteen performers, Acis and Galatea is a magnificent synthesis of genres and styles, exploring every register of expression, and contains the seeds of moments and ideas to be found in later large-scale works by its composer.
This is an ideal subject for a vocal workshop, whose participants can identify with the skilful balance between lightweight and serious elements, the theatrical work without the luxurious trappings of opera, and the promotion of youth and talent.
Under the direction of Martin Gester, assisted by personalities and soloists from Le Parlement de Musique, the members of the academy will tackle Handel’s Acis and Galatea in a version as close as possible to the original.
Work on the interpretation of the masque will embrace all the diverse aspects of vocal and instrumental performance, for both musicians and singers: stage movement, advanced solo and ensemble singing, advanced instrumental performance, Baroque orchestral technique, and an introduction to vocal style and technique in English.
with the participation of :
in Sarrebourg (Moselle, France)
4-9 July 2011: pre-production residential academy 1 at Le Couvent de Sarrebourg - Centre international des chemins du baroque (Moselle)
Duration of academy: 6 days
Sunday 9 July 2011: ‘showcase’ concert as part of the "Concerts de l'été à Sarrebourg"
Coaches: Kirsten Blaise, Stéphanie Pfister, Carlos Harmuch
in Poznan (Poland)
Co-production: Le Parlement de Musique / Sarrebourg - Le Couvent- Centre international des chemins du baroque / Estrada Poznańska
please do not hesitate to contact Ekaterina Nikolova on +33(0)3 88 32 20 13 or +33(0)6 08 31 02 92
Le Parlement de Musique
17 Grand Rue
F-67 000 Strasbourg
+33(0)3 88 32 20 13