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Joachim Du Bellay, lyric poet

Commemoration 1522-2022 – New creation for the five-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Joachim du Bellay

In 2022, we will celebrate the fifth centenary of the birth of Joachim du Bellay, the autor of la Défense et illustration de la langue française, a real manifesto for this new generation who will renew the poetic art.

Our program will highlight the poetry of du Bellay set in music : simultaneously the admirable polyphonic music settings, but also this disappeared art of the recitation accompanied by a lyra, so often summoned by the poeters for, like the greek Aède, give all of his power back to the verb and his abibility to act the world. A poetic fury who can as Pontus de Tyard’s writes hunt the dissonant discord and reduce disorder into certain equality.

On XVIè, in France, many are the composers to inspire from Du Bellay’s poems, as Clément Janequin, Jacques Arcadelt, Jean Chardavoine, Antoine de Bertrand, Didier Leblanc, Nicolas de la Grotte, Fabrice Marin Caiétain. But also a lot of composer from the north of Europe seize of these poems : André Pevernage, Jean de Castro, Corneille Verdonck, and the renowned Roland de Lassus.

Our program will also be able to hightlight the bonds of this repertory with the slam of our generation.


(2 possibilities : 2 or 5 singers)

Camille Fritsch, soprano
Hugues Primard, tenor

Olivier Coiffet, alto
François-Olivier Jean, tenor
Marc Busnel, basse

Florent Marie, lute and renaissance guitar
Sébastien Wonner, épinette
Baptiste Romain or Nicolas Sansarlat, lira da braccio
Denis Raisin Dadre, recorders and direction