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French band sways Delhi audience

Trio - A Vent Propos, a French music troupe, left Delhiites meserised as they brought back the flavours of Mozart and Beethoven at a recently concluded French festival in the capital city.

music Updated: Apr 05, 2008 18:33 IST

It was truly music for the senses, for the soul. The artistes had found a way managed to get a beat even without using any percussion instruments, and thus touch the emotional chords of those present.

A Vent…Propos, a music group stemming from the Quintet "A Vent…Propos" which is a recognised chamber music ensemble from Lyon, calmed the nerves and had the listeners straining their ears for every note of the finest in European classical music. <b1>

Whether it was the rendering of Mozart's Divertimento, or Varions of Beethoven's 'La Cidarem La Mano', or the classical compositions of Jean Francaix (Divertisement), Jacques Ibert (Cing Pieces en Trio) and Georges Auric (Trio), The reed trio used the oboe, clarinet, and bassoon to exhibit excellent coordination and rhythm.

French visual and performing artistes who have visiting India over the past few months have adequately proved that language is no barrier when it comes to emoting something, whether it is through music or through a canvas.

Coming shortly after singer and trumpet player Alain Brunet who enthralled listeners through fusion with Indian artistes and the modern hip hop band X Makaeena which rocked the large audience to dance in their seats, A Vent … Propos presented a different strain of music that makes for the rich heritage of France.

The trio demonstrated their repertory ranging from classical music (Mozart, Beethoven) to music of our times and in particular highlighted French music of the late 19th century and early 20th century.

The Quintet "A Vent…Propos" is a recognised chamber music ensemble from Lyon that has more than 200 performances to its credit since its inception in 1999.

The trio - Fabien Bernoud, Richard Malblanc and Henri Roman - have a repertoire of classical music, with Fabien on oboe, Richard on clarinet and Henri on bassoon.

The group performed at the M L Bhartia Auditorium on 30 March in a concert presented by the Alliance Française de Delhi and the Embassy of France in India in association with SPEDIDAM, France, as part of an all India tour which has already taken them to some other Indian cities.

The ensemble was initiated by Fabien, and his musician friends soon joined him to form one of the most prominent chamber music groups of the Rhone-Alps region.

The musicians promote chamber music using the original directory for this training: the compositions of Mozart, Beethoven and French composers like Auric, Francaix and Tansman. All the three, who also teach music back home, took up the instruments they play by sheer accident.

Henri chose the bassoon as it figures prominently in orchestral, concert band and chamber music literature, while Fabien was advised by his music teacher in Lyon to take up oboe because there was nobody to play that.

Richard began by playing flute but took to the clarinet since there was no school to teach him the flute. Richard is particularly fond of tabla and sitar, and has even attended sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar's performance.