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resources to prepare for the specialty option

How will my Bac Musique exam go?

For students who have chosen the music specialty option in the final year, the test – compulsory – at the Baccalaureate, takes place in two parts: written part (3h30 out of 10 points), which assesses the candidate’s skills in listening to and comparing works limited program and to mobilize his musical culture, and an oral (30 minutes on 10 points) in which he presents a creation, a project that he would have carried out with some comrades throughout the year. Its coefficient will be 16 (like that of the second specialty). In this last case, the music specialty will be involved for half in the “grand oral”, a compulsory test for all candidates, which consists of mobilizing an argument to link their knowledge and achievements with their study and/or professional project. (20 minutes, coefficient 10)

What are the works of the limiting program?

The limited program is available here.

  • Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8
  • Jean-Philippe Rameau/Clément Cogitore: Les Indes galantes, 4th entry “The savages” – Production of the Paris Opera, October 2019
  • Jeff Beck, album You had it coming, 2001

Resources available:

Dmitri Shostakovich: Quartet n°8 op. 110

In 1960, Shostakovich stayed near Dresden where he received treatment for the poliomyelitis he suffered from. Dresden is a city devastated by war; overwhelmed by what he testified, the composer wrote a quartet in three days, from July 12 to 14, 1960. This would be his String Quartet No. 8 in C minor op. 110, dedicated “to the victims of war and fascism”. In his memoirs, however, he states about the score:

“It was automatically qualified as a denunciation of fascism. To say that you have to be both deaf and blind […] I quote Lady Macbeth, the First Symphony, the Fifth, what has fascism to do with it? »

Written just after the composer joined the Communist Party (very late and under pressure), “this, for Shostakovich, was tantamount to death itself,” according to Lev Lebedinsky. It was created on October 2, 1960 by the Beethoven Quartet.

This quartet was also orchestrated by Roudolf Barchaï, in 1967 and renamed with the agreement of Shostakovich chamber symphony.

“I said to myself that after my death no one would probably compose a work in my memory. So I decided to compose one myself…”

“The main theme of this quartet are the notes D. Es. CH, that is to say my initials, and I quoted some of my works. A little anthology! he wrote in his memoirs.

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Shostakovich Quartet No. 8

Officially appearing in his 10th symphony, the “DSCH” motif (D-Eb-Do-B in German musical notation) has become Dmitri Shostakovich’s musical signature. A return to a sometimes political and fundamental motive for the composer.

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Dimitri Shostakovich, a musical signature

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Pianist Boris Giltburg plays Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Medtner, Scriabin and Stravinsky

Historical context

Every day is threatened. Every night the last at home. Shostakovich lives in constant fear of an unannounced visit from KGB agents.

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Shostakovich / Stalin: the duel

One of the greatest torturers of the 20th century, Joseph Stalin, also sowed terror among artists and musicians. A look back at Stalin’s USSR through the journeys of some of its most illustrious composers and performers.

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Stalin and music – Issue 1/3

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Stalin and music – Issue 2/3

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Stalin and music – Issue 3/3

Jean-Philippe Rameau/Clément Cogitore: Les Indes galantes, 4th entry “The savages” – Production of the Paris Opera, October 2019

It is a dive into the heart of the rehearsals with the hip-hop dancers of the now famous production of Les Indes Galantes by Rameau by Clément Cogitore, which director Philippe Béziat retraces in his film “Indes Galantes”.

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Indes Galantes: hip-hop dancers sublimated in Philippe Béziat’s film

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Les Indes Galantes at the Opéra Bastille

Historical context

It was on August 23, 1735 that the French public discovered for the first time the gallant indies opera-ballet by Jean-Philippe Rameau written on a booklet of Louis Fuselier . This is his second attempt at the lyrical stage, after Hippolyte and Aricie , created two years earlier. The composer is 50 years old and yet all his great operas are yet to come.

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1735, Jean-Philippe Rameau creates the Indes Galantes in Paris

This morning, Jean-Philippe Rameau does his accounts…and lists his projects…a journey through time in the company of the famous French Baroque composer.

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Rameau hits the jackpot

In the middle of the 18th century, it was war at the Paris Opera! The Jesters’ Quarrel rages on, an artistic war where each clan clashes mercilessly…

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The true nature of Jesters (2/16)

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