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ASSE, VAR, VERDON… ASSE-ARCADIE Festival: August 7 – 13, 2022 (15th edition)

ASSE, VAR, VERDON… ASSE-ARCADIE Festival: August 7 – 13, 2022 (15th edition) – The Marseille ensemble on period instruments, ” baroque graffiti (created in 2000 and directed by Jean-Paul Serra) offers a whole cycle of early and baroque music concerts in the high valleys of Asse, Var and Verdon; it intends to resurrect the spirit of Arcadia, a cultural community based on sharing, meeting, a certain concern for aesthetics… In the era of gigantism, duplication and the virtual, the ensemble’s programming maintains and updates the tradition of European musical performing arts and acoustic instrumental practice inherited from the Grand Siècle and the Age of Enlightenment; the festival aims to explore the relationship between baroque music and musical traditions around the Mediterranean. The cycle of concerts radiates through a vast rural territory in the Alpes de Haute Provence above Digne near the Napoleon road. This mountainous country has always been a corridor between south and north and includes the villages of Annot, Colmars les Alpes, Clumanc, Tartonne, Senez…


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From August 7 to 13, 2022 – 15th Edition 2022

Reading concert Little Chronicle of Anna Magdelana
Sonatas for violin and bc by J.-S. BACH

Anne SERRA, narrator
Sharman PLESNER, violin
Anne-Garance FABRE DIT GARRUS, cello
Jean-Paul SERRA, harpsichord
Raphaëlle DUBOIS, staging

In 1720, Anne Magdalena WILCKE accompanied her father to Hamburg. It was on this occasion that she heard Jean-Sébastien BACH for the first time; Anna Magdalena knows she is meeting a genius. Never again will this first emotion leave her…. Jean-Sébastien Bach will marry Anna Magdalena in December 1721. Around this story read by the actress Anne Serra will be played the 2 sonatas for violin and basso continuo BWV 1021/1022 as well as the sonata for violin and keyboard 1023


Harpsichord recital Iakovos PAPPAS

The French harpsichord school can boast of being the largest and most varied of all the other schools put together. It knew by foreign contributions to enrich its own collection while remaining faithful to its aesthetics, from the beginning to the end of its history. This consistency is surprising, especially when we know the speed with which musical tastes were changing at that time in other European countries. Such considerations were not really current in France, and it was considered rather that perfecting the expression is more important to achieve than to deal with such passing chimeras; we left that to clothes and shoes!
This program aims to reflect this very particular spirit, through four composers from the first half of the 18th century. It will be seen that, despite their different and well-tempered personalities, their language always serves to express this ideal of measure and balance, so difficult to achieve and which constitutes good taste. From the German of Le Roux to that of Royer, and from a character piece by Dandrieu to that of Duphly, let’s admire this unique art.

Harpsichord Recital Program

Gaspard Le Roux
Suite in A min. taken from the First Book of Harpsichord Pieces.
Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Sarabande en Rondeau, Minuet, Double Minuet, Minuet en Rondeau.

Jean-Francois Dandrieu
Fifth Suite in D Maj. excerpt from the First Book of Pieces for Harpsichord
Carillon in five parts, The Sumptuous with four variations, The Heroic proudly,
The Village Festival: Gavotte Rondeau, Gigue Rondeau, Minuet Rondeau, Minuet, Double Minuet.

Jacques Duphly
Extracts from the Third Book of Harpsichord Pieces.
La Médée briskly and loudly, La Forqueray Rondeau, Chaconne.

Pancrace Royer
Second Suite from the First Book of Harpsichord Pieces.
L’uncertain marked, L’Aimable, La Bagatelle, La Rémouleuse Rondeau, Les Tendres Sentiments Rondeau, Le Vertigo Rondeau.


Fables according to Fountain : Nicolas Louis CLERAMBAULT / Almazis ensemble / Recital Elizabeth Fernandez and Iakovos Pappas

Who believes that it is no longer necessary to present the immense writer that is Jean de La Fontaine gets it wrong. Its influence is wider and more unexpected than one might imagine. As proof, the program of this recital, around an educational project conceived at the beginning of the 18th century, in order to help young people to learn fables that are already difficult to memorize. Clérambault and his poet did a remarkable job, with a delicacy that borders on jewelry. Then librettists and composers will seize this sublime fund to make some very wacky comic operas, judging by the excerpts chosen here. The Two Hunters and the Milkmaid is a pinnacle of the genre, and many 20th century screenwriters would have liked to be so inspired. Indeed the story consists in bringing together two fables in a forest, The bear and the two companions with The Milkmaid and the milk jug. Of course we could content ourselves with this very rich program in itself; yet it seemed necessary to us to add another tone, that of laughter, not in general, but of ourselves: whoever cannot self-mockery is hardly an artist.

Louis-Nicolas Clerambault
Fables by Jean de La Fontaine set to music
The Wolf & the Lamb, The Lion & the Rat, The Ant & the Grasshopper, The Crow & the Fox, The Deer reflecting in the water, The Frog & the Ox, The Lion Court, The Donkey & the Dog, The Milkmaid, The Turtle & The Eagle, The Frogs asking for another King.

Egidio Duni
The two hunters & the milkmaid
Here is my whole project, Alas I spilled my milk.

Nicolas Racot de Grandval
Nothing at all cantata, taken from the Second Book of Cantatas.


Clavichord Recital

Freddy EICHELBERGERclavichord

Under the title of “clavichord en Folie”, the musician Freddy EICHELBERGER will make us discover through improvisations the subtlety of this instrument which will remain until the end of the 18th century the discreet confidant of all the great composers.


Concert at the end of the choral singing and reading courses around “ L’Europe Galante” by André CAMPRA

Brigitte FABREchoirmaster
Raphaelle DUBOISactress and staging
Choral singing and reading trainees

Baroque-Graffiti Set
Sylvie MOQUET, viola da gamba treble and bass
Anne-Garance FABRE DIT GARRUS, cello
Jean-Paul SERRA, harpsichord

This concert is a restitution of the work done during the working week in Clumanc. Accompanied by the Baroques-Graffiti ensemble, which will also perform 18th century French music during this concert.


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