Professor | Christophe Coin
19.07.23 > 19:00

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Capricious music…
Musical literature for solo cello is not abundant. Between Bach’s monumental Suites, composed in the first half of the 18th century, and those Britten wrote for Rostropovich between 1965 and 1974, there is almost total silence, and the 19th century in particular seems resolutely mute.

Yet by the end of the 18th century, the instrument had acquired a central status. Present in the orchestra, as in chamber music, it is necessary everywhere, and it seems paradoxical that at a time when nothing (or almost nothing) can be thought of without it, its “solitary” dimension should have been so neglected.

Intended to feed the practice of students or to enliven the rich social life of the salons, delightful scores were nevertheless created, most often by the instrumentalists themselves. These ‘made-to-measure’ pages readily take on the tone of a witty conversation, in which the voice of the strings alternately dazzles, seduces, moves or impresses. The free form of the ‘caprice’ is self-evident, giving this occasional music its most splendid asset: charm. Sometimes based on well-known melodies (fashionable opera arias, popular songs), these caprices are inventive, demanding, but always accessible. Made to illuminate the moment with their presence, with no other pretension than to offer a moment of pure music, they take as their model the Latin capra, the joyful goat to which the etymology reminds us that they owe their name. Like a goat, caprice leaps wherever the inspiration of the moment takes it; it dreams of being unpredictable and unexpected. Wherever fat grass blooms, it runs, and if a fly disturbs it, it flees quickly. “Capricious” music delights with its variety.

Long forgotten, these pieces have now been unearthed by Christophe Coin. They will enable us to discover a previously unknown cello, and will reveal a wide swathe of the musical life of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Welcome to the sensitive and imaginative intimacy of the greatest cellists and their friends.


Concert venue

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Fondation Opale
Rte de Crans 1
1978 Lens