Trialogue or The art of conversation


Conceived around the trio formation and open to the diversity of writing that it has inspired in both the 18th and our 21st centuries, this programme, led by François Lazarevitch on flute, Lucile Boulanger on viola da gamba and Justin Taylor on harpsichord, contrasts the Baroque repertoire and contemporary creation. It sheds original light in the intimate form of a trialogue and thereby invites the ensemble to confront the desires of living composers.

Jean-Marie Leclair, Jean-Philippe Rameau and François Couperin, masters of the art of conversation, thus receive the visit of three contemporary composers – Vincent Bouchot, Philippe Hersant and Gérard Pesson – from whom Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien commissioned works. All three of them already having affinities with early music through the appropriation of forms or the use of emblematic instruments, each has chosen a composer as the basis for his work: Leclair for Bouchot, Rameau for Hersant, and Couperin for Pesson. Each of them has created a form of dialogue with the work of reference: overall tonality for Bouchot; postlude commentary primarily centred on the viol for Hersant; and short insertions between the six parts of Couperin’s work for Pesson. Neither pastiche nor homage, these links and transitions enrich the referent trios with their contemporary language. The overlay of a new language calls into question both the articulation of phrasing and form and, consequently, all the musicians’ playing.

François Lazarevitch : transverse flute, musette
Lucile Boulanger : viola da gamba
Justin Taylor : harpsichord

Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien


Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)
Trio pour flûte, viole et BC

Vincent Bouchot (1966)
Monochrome en ré

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
Pièces de clavecin en Concerts n°5

Philippe Hersant (1948)

François Couperin (1668-1733)
Concert Royal en La

Gérard Pesson (1958)

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