MUSIC IS A MORAL LAW,
IT GIVES SOUL TO THE UNIVERSE
WINGS TO THE MIND.
FLIGHT TO THE IMAGINATION
A CHARM TO SADNESS
GAIETY AND LIFE TO EVERYTHING.
IT IS THE ESSENCE
OF ORDER AND LENDS TO ALL
THAT IS GOOD,JUST, AND BEAUTIFUL.
PLATO

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I have been reflecting on the proposed programme for La Chorale Symphonie.  In the meantime , a distraction has arisen....a pleasant one!!

I had contact with Orchestre D'Auvergne who would be interested to play the Viola Concerto ' Le Chant de Venus ' at Vence...!!

This afternoon I was with the man responsible for culture here  to discuss this proposed concert. ...Money as usual is the main question but the concerto does not require large forces , so I am hopeful of a performance here in 2016.

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I spent last evening getting to grips with another computer and windows 7 in an attempt to settle the programme for the project next year.

Ha!!! I made a choice but as usual, my ideas are ' large' !! For example I looked up the instrumentation for Poulenc's Gloria

. Poulenc lived for a while in Tourrettes sur loup ....just 7 kilometres down the road, so it would seem vey appropriate to include him.

The village is small but his orchestral ideas are rich. We would need a large orchestra to put it simply......This would cost of course and then there's the venue but before I rule anything out, I am going to the Cathedral today to carefully examine space ,including that which is not normally used. in addition we would need a larger choir.

SO....the second half ,if possible would be Wagner's Pilgrims Chorus from Tannhauser, then the Poulenc...both of them stunning beautiful works.

It's no big deal if it doesn't prove practical,,,,there are always other possibilities but in my Heart , these works are right for this concert!!

Keep positive!!! xx

 

I sent a programme as promised to Monsieur Vallee at the weekend, plus some idea of size of choir and orchestra. The programme is not complete but that hardly matters at this stage. It goes like this....

.MESSIAH.....Hallelujah Chorus.  Lux Aeterna ( Jil ), Requiem, ( Jil ). ( approx 42 mins ) INTERVAL...... Cantique de Jean Racine of FAURE, (after that not yet decided.....) finally ' Pilgrim's Chorus from Tannhauser of WAGNER .

CHOIR...approx 40 - 45, ORCHESTRA...medium size.  I also added approx estimated  costs.  I will need to have a complete programme within 10 days. Still waitiing for a Manager to turn up.

 Sue is our UK contact ( Manager ), very helpful.....Thankyou Sue for all your enthusiasm and constructive help !! more news soon , so keep tuned!

 

Today, I met with Jacques Vallee who is now the Minister of Culture for Vence and responsible for Musical events at Vence with an office in the Mairie.

I have proposed a concert  to him by La Chorale Symphonie in 2016 and although the programme is not yet fully decided we spoke of my ideas.

 At this time ....Hallelujah Chorus of Handel.... Requiem... interval. Then, after the interval... Ave Maria ( my own ) , a work for Soprano Soloist, SATB Choir and  String Orchestra....This has yet to be edited . Then ? , well yes I have ideas but it involves looking at the full score of works before a decision is made! 

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La Chorale Symphonie is being reformed after several years. During only two days of enquiry, we have 12 potential members on the list. The event will be a celebratory performance of REQUIEM . Celebratory?  a Requiem???? Yes , certainly.

The Work came to me as representative of the passing from one ' Age ' to another. From the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius.......The two soloists symbolize the Angels. The Alto ...the Angel of Pisces ( the old order ) and the Soprano...the Angel of Aquarius ( the new order ).

The function of the Alto , or Angel of Pisces holds us just stable enough while all the Violence, Wars and Cruelty  are being exposed in our world for all to see....  while the Angel of Aquarius is drawing us onward and upward to a New World where Love, Forgiveness, Compassion and Humility  are demonstrated in daily life between individuals and Nations and which extends to the care of the Planet and Animal Beings. . 

 Ghandi put it very succinctly Quote  ' An Eye for an Eye makes the whole blind'...Unquote..Perhaps we could all agree that humanity is Uconscious at present  but expanding  into a Higher Consciousness and Awareness.

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