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February 21, 2017

Concert: Ave Maria


February 21 at 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Master Notre Dame de Paris, choir of adults

Yves Castagnet, organ

Henri Chalet, direction

Approximate duration of the concert: 1 h

It is on a journey to the heart of the music of the great masters of the Renaissance master's Notre Dame de Paris, invites us to the heart of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries,

But who exactly are these masters of the polyphony of the Renaissance, these artists so much revered?

At the time, the artist does not exist. They are, in fact, artisans, alongside the glassmaker, the sculptor, the architect or the painter. By their know-how, their ability to mix the voice between them, they contribute to the beauty of the religious buildings which they provide for their part the sound element: music for liturgical celebrations.

As the architect designs grandiose constructions, the composer is all too grandiose works in 2, 4, 6, 8 voices stacked.

Thus the sculptor and musician work together: the sculptor gives rise to a statue of the Virgin, and the musician composed for his devotion an Ave maria.

To enroll in this great tradition, some inroads in our contemporary world resonate under the arches of the Cathedral, with three works commissioned by the control on the occasion of the Jubilee, thus linking the world of music creation to that of sacred music.

A journey to the heart of the Renaissance music of the 15th and 16th centuries that we stand for at the Notre Dame Choir School.

But who are exactly the masters of polyphony of the Renaissance, the venerated artists?

During this time, artists didn't exist. They were called artisans, with the same title as the glassmakers, sculptors, architects and painters. Through their expertise and their ability to mix voices together, they contribute to the beauty of religious buildings due through sound: music for liturgical celebrations.

Similar to the way year architect conceives large constructions, the compose conceives pieces with 2, 4, 6, 8 voices superimposed. As such, the sculptor and the musician work together: the sculptor gives life to the statue of the Virgin, and the musician composed for the devotion of the Ave Maria.

Some incursions from our contemporary world will also resound under the arches of this cathedral, due to three parts requested by the School for the occasion of the jubilee, connecting the world of creative music to sacred music.



Tomás Luís de Victoria (1548-1611) • Ave Maria has 4

Yves Castagnet (born in 1964) • O our Lady of the night

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) • Cantate Domino

Caroline (born in 1974) Marçot • Nigra sum

Pierre-Adrien Charpy (born in 1972) • this is the rite of the Kingdom

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) • Ave Maris Stella

Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612) • Sancta Maria succure miseris

Michelle Reverdy (born in 1943) • woman clothed with the Sun

Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612) • Beata are Virgo Maria

Roland de Lassus (1532-1594) • Osculetur me

Tomás Luís de Victoria (1548-1611) • Ave Maria has 8

Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612) • mass: "Kyrie", "Sactus", "Agnus".


Yves Castagnet

Born in 1964 in Paris, Yves Castagnet did his musical studies at the Conservatory National superior of music of Paris, in the organ classes, harmony, counterpoint, Fugue, orchestration and improvisation. These studies have been rewarded by several top awards, including a first prize for organ in 1985.

He won in 1988 the Grand-Prix of interpretation of the international contest "Grand Prix de Chartres. He began a solo career that allows him to perform regularly in France and abroad.

Alongside his activities of soloist, Yves Castagnet devotes so much of his time as a liturgical organist. He has since 1988 holder of the organ in the choir of the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris where he accompanies daily offices sung by control of the Cathedral.

Both organist and Continuo, Yves Castagnet is very attached to the accompaniment of the singers. As part of the master's Notre Dame de Paris, he teaches interpreting the singers of the choir of adults that he regularly accompanied concerts. He was also invited by other formations such as the Concert of Astrée (Emmanuelle Haim), the chorus of Radio France or the choir of the University of Paris-Sorbonne.

Born in Paris in 1964, Yves Castagnet pursued his musical studies at the Paris Conservatory National superior of music (CNSM) in organ, harmony, couterpoint, fugue, orchestration and improvisation classes. His accomplishments were recognized by several awards, including a first prize in organ in 1985.

In 1988 he was awarded first prize for interpretation at the international competition "Grand - Prize of Chartres", which afforded him the opportunity to begin an international career as soloist in the United States, Great Britain, Italy, Sweden and Hungary.

In conjunction with his activities as soloist, Yves Castagnet devotes a large part of his time to his role as liturgical organist. Since 1988 he has been holder organist of the choir organ in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, where each day he accompanies the choral services sung by the Cathedral choir.

Both have organist and continuist, Yves Castagnet is very invested in vocal accompaniment, and in this role he regularly accompanies the command of our Lady in their concert productions. He is also invited to perform with other programs such as Radio France and the University of Paris-Sorbonne choirs. Since 1992, Castagnet also teaches interpretation to the adult singers in the command of our Lady.


Henri cottage

After ensuring the functions of choir director assistant to Lionel Sow to the master's Notre Dame de Paris (children's choir), and Professor of writing and direction of Chorus (chorus of adults), Henri Chalet takes Chief of main chorus of the master's Notre Dame de Paris in September 2014.

A graduate of the CNSM of Paris in the writing and classes of the CNSM of Lyon in the direction of choir, Henri Chalet since 2010 is heading, the young choir of Paris to the superior Department for young singers / CRR de Paris. He succeeded to this post at Laurence Equilbey and Geoffroy Jourdain was the wizard.

He was until 2011, artistic director of the control of Saint - Christophe bleach which he recorded with among others the Duruflé Requiem and the Psalms of Yves Castagnet (creations). Since 2011, he is regularly called to prepare the Paris Orchestra Chorus.

Awareness of these positions allows him to be guest conductor at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam at the Tenso festival for creating a piece of Leo Samama then in 2010, on the night of the voice of the Orange Foundation at the Opera Comique.

With the young chorus of paris, he participates in prestigious recordings with Natalie Dessay, Karine Deshayes, Philippe Cassard or with Marie-Nicole Lemieux and the national Orchestra of France, and finally with Sabine Devieilhe and Les Ambassadeurs Orchestra.

Organist and graduate training, Boulogne-Billancourt, Henri Chalet and CRR in Paris was also Vice-Chairman of the great organ of Notre-Dame of Versailles until September 2014.

Henri Chalet graduated in composition and choir conducting from (respectively) Paris and Lyon Conservatory National superior of music. In 2010, he took over the mixed-voice Youth Choir of Paris, a chamber choir comprising young talented singers from Paris Regional Conservatory. First under the musical direction of its founder, Laurence Equilbey, this set was later entrusted to Geoffroy Jourdain, whose assistant was none other than Henri Chalet.

Until 2011, he also served as artistic director of St. Christopher of bleach choir school, year together with which he has made several recordings, including Duruflé's Requiem and the first recording of Yves Castagnet's Psalms. Cottage has been coaching the choir of Paris Orchestra on a regular basis since 2011.

A recognized and respected musician, the young choir conductor was invited to first play by Leo Samama at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam as part of the 2009 choir music festival Tenso. In 2010, he took a prominent part in the night of the voice (Night of the Voice) staged by the Orange Foundation at the Paris Opera Comique.

At the head of young chorus of Paris, Henri Chalet has recorded with soprano Natalie Dessay, mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes, pianist Philippe Cassard, contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux and national Orchestra of France, soprano Sabine Devieilhe and Les Ambassadeurs period instrument orchestra.

A trained professional organist (he graduated from Paris and Paris Conservatories), Henri Chalet is currently one of the tenured organists at the Church of our Lady in Versailles.


21 February
20 h 30 - 21 h 30
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