Des airs d'ici et d'ailleurs

© Emilie Chaung

A journey through Europe with songs based on texts by 20th-century French poets, mixed with songs from Greek, Czech and Sicilian folklore.
The focus is on Poulenc’s ‘Sept Chansons’, composed to poems by Paul Éluard (‘La Vie immédiate’ Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7) and Guillaume Apollinaire (‘Alcools’ Nos. 1 and 6), the cornerstone of his choral music that opens the series of all his future choral works. Alongside them, we offer a rediscovery of Bohuslav Martinů’s ‘5 Czech Madrigals’.
We then enter the 21st century marked, among others, by composers such as Luciano Berio who, through works such as his Folksongs, ratifies the union of popular cultures and learned music that so preoccupied composers of the last century. Alongside his Sicilian love song ‘E si Fussi Pisci’, Attacca will create a suite of four songs commissioned from Greek composer Alexandros Markeas, based on traditional Mediterranean songs.

The Petits Violons des Calanques will play the first part of this concert “d’ici et d’ailleurs”, accompanied by their teachers, Joël Chouquet and Camille Forray. These 30 children from l’école des Calanques and le collège du Roy d’Espagne have been learning to play the violin since 2016, thanks to a project initiated by the CIQ les Hauts de Mazargues la Cayolle and led by C Barré.

Program :

Francis Poulenc, Bohuslav Martinů, Luciano Berio

Sept Chansons, Pět českých madrigalů H. 321 (Cinq Madrigaux Tchèques), E si aussi pisci (Chanson d’amour sicilienne)

Staff :

For mixed choir a cappella


16th of June 2024 at 11.30.a.m.
Théâtre du Centaure

Alexandros Markeas


Staff :

For mixed choir a cappella
Chœur Attacca

Creation :

World premiere

Distribution :

Attacca Choir
Conducted by Sébastien Boin

+ In partnership with CIQ des Hauts de Mazargues, école élémentaire des Calanques, collège du Roy d’Espagne, Parc National des Calanques, Opéra de Marseille, INSEAMM, Théâtre du Centaure, Addap 13, Espace de lecture de La Cayolle, Maison de quartier de La Cayolle and Notes en couleurs.

+ Supported by the Préfecture de Région PACA, the City of Marseille, La Politique de la Ville, the Préfecture des Bouches-du-Rhône as part of the ‘Culture et lien social’ call for projects, the Fondation Société Générale C’est vous l’avenir, the Fondation Orange, the Fondation BNP Paribas and the Fondation Logirem