Verdun, feuillets de guerre

Designed to pay homage to the poets and composers who fought at Verdun, Verdun, Music from the War takes a look at melodies that were, for the most part, written in the Verdun area. Performed by soprano Françoise Masset and pianist Anne Le Bozec, eleven of the melodies will be played on the site of the battle for the first time. The entire body of music performed here will be recorded on a CD of the same name, which will be released nationally to mark the reopening of the Memorial Museum.

The event is free but online booking is required before Saturday 20 February at 5pm.

Duration: 1 hr

The concert will be held in the museum’s auditorium.

Françoise Masset is a French soprano with a repertoire ranging from the Baroque to contemporary music. Critic Ivan Alexandre described her as “one of our few remaining narrative singers, who knows where to place the tonic accent and pathetic emphasis whether she’s performing Lully’s Isis or a song by Kosma”.

Anne Le Bozec, who teaches vocal accompaniment at the Conservatoire supérieur in Paris, is a French pianist who has received countless awards. She also teaches master classes throughout the world.

Françoise Masset. Photo : Frédéric Jean

Françoise Masset. Photo: Frédéric Jean

Anne Le Bozec. Photo : Caroline Doutre

Anne Le Bozec. Photo: Caroline Doutre

Listen to a preview. Verdun, feuillets de guerre, Les musiciens et la Grande Guerre, vol. XVI, Editions Hortus (release date: spring 2016): Lettre de chez nous by Pierre Vellones, performed by Françoise Masset, soprano and Anne Le Bozec, piano.

This performance is one of the six concerts scheduled for 2016 as part of the “Verdun, des musiques pour une bataille” (Verdun, Music for a Battle) programme. To mark the reopening of the museum, this programme of concerts will share with audiences the often unexpected or forgotten musical dimension of the First World War. The programme includes music written in or about Verdun, some of it “high-brow”, some popular in style e.g. chamber music, musical theatre, cabaret and songs sung by the soldiers. The concerts will also pay homage to the German music that continued to inspire classical musicians and composers serving in the armed forces. Belgian, British and Australian composers who lost their lives at the Front will also be included through a solemn commemoration in the form of an organ recital at the end of the programme. The performers, all of them well known in France and internationally, are particularly committed to the commemoration of the Great War in five subject areas – a new look at Verdun’s musical heritage, popular songs and shows, remembrance, passing on skills and knowledge and, lastly, commemoration.