Deux poèmes chinois

Deux poèmes chinois

Deux poèmes chinois

Albert Roussel

François Le Roux's masterclass

Produced by the Saline royale Academy French Music sheet annotated by  François  Le Roux  is available 42 min Voice

In this masterclass for voice, François Le Roux and Tomoyo Harada explore the comic nature of Roussel's piece, the context, and the silences.

Produced by the Saline royale Academy

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The masterclass

About this masterclass

Professor François Le Roux and student Tomoyo Harada take on Albert Roussel’s Deux poèmes Chinois, Op. 12, À un jeune gentilhomme and Amoureux séparés. 

Harada is instructed to work on her diction and articulation, as well as her breathing. She is also encouraged to approach the piece with more gaiety and sing it like a play. Roussel adapted Chinese-to-English-to-French texts to showcase China as a mythical and mysterious country, as seen from the European perspective of the 1920s.  

Moreover, Harada is cautioned against ending her sentences too quickly and rushing them. Le Roux suggests she practices first by speaking the lyrics before singing them. 

What we learn in this masterclass

  1. Remaining relaxed and avoid rushing 

  2. Breathing techniques 

  3. Diction.  

  4. Practicing strategies. 

  5. Understanding the historical context of the piece.  

Deux poèmes chinois by Albert Roussel 

Deux poèmes Chinois, Op.12 was written by French composer Albert Roussel in 1907 and 1908, and is based on old Chinese poems. À un jeune gentilhomme and Amoureux séparés, were translated into English from Chinese, before being adapted in French at the beginning of the 20th century. The first poem is anonymous and the second was written by Mi Fu, a Chinese artist from the 12th century. 

The average length of the performance for this opus is four minutes. The first poem is about a young woman forbidding a young man to access her garden and is heavily suggestive. The second piece is about two lovers being separated by mountains, and is an allegory to a deeper separation.  

  • Date:12 April 2021
  • Producer: Produced by the Saline royale Academy
  • Duration:42 min
  • Spoken language:French

Sheet music

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

Sheet music deux poèmes chinois

François Le Roux

François  Le Roux

He has been awarded the grade of "Chevalier" in the French National Order of Les Arts et Lettres in 1996.

François Le Roux began studying vocals with François Loup, now a teacher at Peabody-Baltimore, at the age of nineteen. Later, he continued to study under Vera Rosza and Elisabeth Grümmer at the Opéra Studio, Paris.

A member of the Lyon Opera Company from 1980 to 1985, he has since been a guest at all the major European opera houses and festivals, as well as renowned American opera venues: Santa Fé (NM), Los Angeles Opera, New Orleans Opera, and Colon Buenos Aires (Argentina). His operatic repertoire is immense, from Monteverdi to David Lang. Named “Mr. Mélodie” by American critics, François Le Roux gives numerous recitals accompanied by such renowned names as Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles, Christian Ivaldi, Olivier Godin, and Jeff Cohen. He conducts masterclasses dedicated to the interpretation of French songs and recital repertoire around the world: Orford and Lachine Academy (Québec, Canada), Vancouver (BC, Canada), Minneapolis Song Source Festival (USA), Sibelius Academy Helsinki (Finland), Kyoto Société Mélodie Française (Japan), Central Conservatory of Music Beijing (China), Association Mélodie Française (Seoul, South Korea), and the Académie Ravel de Saint-Jean-de-Luz (France).

Moreover, he is the Artistic Director and Founder of the Académie Francis Poulenc Tours, where every year since 1997, students have the opportunity to learn the interpretation of French Song. What’s more, Le Roux organized the “French Song Concert Seasons” of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris between 1997 and 2002.

He has been awarded the grade of “Chevalier” in the French National Order of “Les Arts et Lettres” in 1996, and was selected as "Musical Personality of the Year, 1997" by the French Critics Union. He has been a vocal teacher at the National Music Conservatoire in Paris (CNSMDP), and is now teaching at the Ecole normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot, where he is developing the exclusive French Vocal Art Certificate.

Roussel

Albert  Roussel

Albert Roussel was a French composer born in 1869 in a wealthy industrial family in the North of France. As a young boy, he wanted to become a sailor and joined the Navy for a few years before being caught up by his love for music and composition. He retired from active duty to join a Parisian school of music. Between the World Wars, he composed extensively and was a great reference for young musicians of that era. He died of heart failure at the age of 68, in 1937. His legacy consists of many chamber music pieces, pieces for piano, two concertos for piano and cello, four symphonies, three ballets Le Festin de l'araignée, Bacchus et Ariane, and Aeneas as well as the Opéra-ballet Padmâvatî. The originality and purity of his music still resonate today.  

Photo credit: BNF Gallica, agence Meurisse

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