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lundi 11 juillet 2011

The Melbourne Salon : 29 July


Bonjour,

We are pleased to bring you details of the next Melbourne Salon to be held at 7pm on Friday 29th July at the Alliance Française de Melbourne, 51 Grey St., St Kilda. The talk will be in English.

“THE EXISTENTIAL PIANO”: Chopin, George Sand, Liszt, Marie d’Agoult and the Paris Salons.

In words, music, portraits and photographs, presented by David Hood.

“THE EXISTENTIAL PIANO”:

Chopin, George Sand, Liszt, Marie d’Agoult and the Paris Salons.

In words, music, portraits and photographs, presented by David Hood.

“Paris in the 1830s seems a golden age,” says David Hood. “Revolution at the start of the decade had ended the ancient regime, and the 1848 upheavals were yet to come.”

Paris was undoubtedly the cultural capital of Europe: Frédéric Chopin from Poland and Franz Liszt from Hungary both came to meet their destinies there. “There they contracted ‘liaisons’”, he says with a smile, “with George Sand (Aurore Dudevant), an established author, and Marie d’Agoult (Daniel Stern), who became one.”

Each pair met initially and socialized often in the salons: “in grand rooms and in intimate corners stood actors, painters, politicos, poets and musicians. Liszt was one of the first ‘celebrities’ but it was a celebrity of substance: talk, music and ideas flourished.”

Centre stage for these salons was the piano (probably made by Sébastian Érard) - the source of entertainment! Who could resist an invitation to come and hear Liszt play?

“This is one of my favourite eras, and I love presenting material on it. I’ll show the 1830’s portraits where we can see our quartet (perhaps a little romanticized), but the later photos tell no lies: these are geniuses, but real people.” According to David the ‘soundtrack’ is a must, so he will be playing some favourite Chopin at the keyboard.

David Hood is a musician and local celebrity himself: long-time 3MBS FM broadcaster and previous pre-concert speaker for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, he has been sharing his love of Liszt for years, and has been honoured by the Hungarian Government for his Liszt studies.

Venue: Alliance Française, 51 Grey Street ST KILDA
Please note this Salon will exceptionally be held in the basement at the Alliance Française (accessible only by stairs).



Further details can be found at http://www.afmelbourne.asn.au/events.html#TMS


Please note this Salon will exceptionally be held in the basement at the Alliance Française (accessible only by stairs).

Cover charge payable on the night (includes cheese and wine) – cash only please: $15

Bookings essential: themelbournesalon@gmail.com (numbers strictly limited to 50).


We look forward to seeing you there.


Kerry Mullan
For The Melbourne Salon

Curiosity is the lust of the mind (Thomas Hobbes Philosopher 1679)

The Melbourne Salon is brought to you by RMIT University, ISFAR (Institute for the Study of French-Australian Relations) and the Alliance Française de Melbourne.

The Melbourne Salon is a place where curious and open-minded people can engage in French-Australian cross-cultural dialogues. Talks are in English; subsequent discussions in French or English.

The Melbourne Salon meets 3 times a year at the Alliance Française de Melbourne, 51 Grey St., St Kilda.

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