8th Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane Paris

Romantic Harp

Concert Chamber Music Auditorium du Musée du Louvre
In early nineteenth-century France, the harp was a very modern instrument, replacing the “baroque” harpsichord and competing with the pianoforte in a quest for “classical” expression. Three areas of activity soon gave rise to a huge repertoire dedicated to the instrument. The development of salons explains the rapid dissemination of collections of pieces and romances of varying degrees of difficulty intended for enlightened amateurs. The concert hall was the venue where international virtuosos showcased the highest technical skill imaginable at the time in concertante works with orchestra. Finally, the harp began to stand out in the theatres: at the Opéra, it was used in divertissements to accompany ballets; at the Opéra-Comique, it appeared directly on stage as a decorative element, or was placed in the hands of a heroine who pretended to accompany herself. Between its different roles, the harp crystallised the appeal of a musical style that was still searching for its own identity and would soon find it: early romanticism was not far off.


Théodore DUBOIS
Terzettino pour flûte, alto et harpe
Adolphe ADAM
Giselle : Pas de deux du 2e acte pour alto et harpe
Gabriel FAURÉ
Élégie pour alto et harpe
Impromptu pour harpe seule
Fantaisie pour flûte et harpe

Suite en duo pour flûte et harpe
Syrinx pour flûte seule
Sonate pour flûte, alto et harpe

Barcarolle des Contes d’Hoffmann pour flûte, alto et harpe


Wed 16 June 2021
Auditorium du Musée du Louvre, Paris


Frédéric Chatoux flute
Marc Desmons viola
Emmanuel Ceysson harp
Bru Zane Mediabase
Digital resources for French Romantic music
The Romantic harp