L'invitation au voyage

L'invitation au voyage

L'invitation au voyage

Henri Duparc

Jean Paul Fouchécourt's masterclass

Produced by the Saline royale Academy French Music sheet annotated by  Jean Paul Fouchécourt  is available 23 min Voice

Jean-Paul Fouchécourt and Agnès Ménard address pronunciation and tone in this masterclass for voice.

Produced by the Saline royale Academy

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The masterclass

About this masterclass 

Professor Jean-Paul Fouchécourt and student Agnès Ménard work together on L'Invitation au voyage by French composer Henri Duparc in this masterclass for voice.

Fouchécourt first instructs Ménard to remove the nasality on phrases like “Mon enfant” since there is a nasal sound followed by a vowel and the overall diction of such phrases can be altered if the singer fails to remove it. 

Furthermore, Ménard is told to keep some “space” when singing so that she can add more nuances, instead of becoming stuck in an exhausting high pitch. The notes must “turn” and be more distant and more comfortable. Lastly, Fouchécourt advises her to pay special attention to long sentences and to maintain the tempo.

What we learn in this masterclass 

  1. Being especially careful in the high-pitched sections 

  2. Acting the role given by the poet and composer. 

  3. Relaxing the notes and phrases 

  4. Striving for more depth and openness 

  5. Giving space to the music. 

L'invitation au voyage d'Henri Duparc

Henri Duparc was only 22 when he got a hold of Baudelaire’s poem Invitation au voyage. Thanks to several letters sent by the young French composer at the time, the piece’s date of creation has been established to be 1870 in Paris, in the middle Franco-Prussian war. Duparc was frantically composing music, according to correspondences with his mother. 

Baudelaire wrote two poems with this same title; one that was featured in Les fleurs du mal and one in Spleen. The French poet wrote them for his lover, telling her about an ideal country, based on Holland, where they could live happily together.  

 

  • Date:13 April 2022
  • Producer: Produced by the Saline royale Academy
  • Duration:23 min
  • Spoken language:French

Sheet music

Aim for excellence! You can improve your skills with expert advice. Download the annotated sheet music of this masterclass for voice. Please note that this piece has been annotated in accordance to Jean-Paul Fouchécourt’s feedback and comments.

Sheet music l'invitation au voyage

Jean Paul Fouchécourt

Jean Paul Fouchécourt

He is now passing on his experience to the younger generation and has been directing the destiny of the Studio de l'Opéra de Lyon (SOL) since the 2010-2011 season.

Jean-Paul Fouchécourt has gained an international reputation by his portraits of Platté de Rameau and Arnalta (l’Incoronazione di Poppea) of Monteverdi, the 'character' roles, such as Offenbach's Four Valets (Offenbach's Tales), Chabrier's Phew (The Star), Ravel's Child and Spells and The Spanish Hour

Beginning his musical journey as a classical saxophonist and conductor, Fouchécourt became a singer after singer Cathy Berberian encouraged him to work on his voice. He made his debut in 1993 at the Amsterdam Opera with L'Incoronazione di Poppea alongside Christophe Rousset.

In 1996, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt was hired to sing the roles of Poulenc's Mamelles de Tirésias 'Husband' directed by Seiji Ozawa at the Saito Kinen Festival, which marked his international debut and provided him access to major venues, including but not limited to London's Covent Garden, New York City Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Opera Bastille, etc. He has also appeared at festivals in Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg, and more. He is a frequent guest of the Boston Symphonic, National of France, Vienna Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Furthermore, he has worked with prestigious conductors including Charles Dutoit, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Yannick Nézet- Seguin, James Levine, Antonio Pappano, and Sir Simon Rattle.

With over a hundred recordings, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt has a broad repertoire. He is delighted to pass on his experience to the younger generation, and has been working at the Studio de l'Opéra de Lyon (SOL) since 2011. He is a Knight in the National Order of Merit.

Duparc

Henri Duparc was a late romantic-era French composer born in 1848 who is mostly famous for his collection of art songs, pieces based on poems by Baudelaire and/or Gautier. At the age of 37, having been diagnosed with a mental illness once-called “neurasthenia”, he stopped composing and destroyed most of his works but continued to draw and paint until becoming completely blind a few years later. He moved his family out of Paris and settled in Switzerland, where he did many other things, but never wrote music ever again. He died in 1933 at the age of 85.  

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