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Breathing a breath of fresh air into classical music

On the one hand, Marc-Étienne Leclerc will present the Concerto d’Aranjuez – in reduced form for chamber music – as part of the evening From Aranjuez to Buenos Aires (October 22).

On the other hand, Annie Noël-de-Tilly will perform a piece by American composer Amy Beach during the concert. Composers of today (January 15, 2023).

The eight concerts of the Ensemble Prisme:

  • Water stories : September 24
  • From Aranjuez to Buenos Aires : October 22
  • The girl and death : November 12
  • Composers of today : January 15
  • Traveling with the wind : February 18
  • Long live France! : March 18
  • Around Moliere : April 15
  • Beethoven, the Heroic : May 13

Annie Noël-de-Tilly, in the spirit of sharing

21-year-old Annie Noël-de-Tilly will complete her third and final year of her bachelor’s degree next year at the Gatineau Conservatory of Music.

Photo: Krystal Villeneuve

Very early on, Annie Noël-de-Tilly was introduced to music through the recorder. At the age of nine, she chose to continue her career with the transverse flute, before entering the Conservatory three years later, in preparatory training.

I have always been a child with a lot of energy. Outside, I was very calm, but inside, everything was going very fast. The flute joined me because, like me, it looks serene from the outside. You would never think it has so much energy to giveexplains the musician.

I found that I was able to channel all my energy into music. This is where I was able to connect with what I was unable to say. »

A quote from Annie Noël-de-Tilly, flautist

Now 21, she will complete her bachelor’s degree in music next year.

What particularly interests her are little-known pieces: she likes to immerse herself in a folk repertoire, such as Soviet music. I like to do things differently [et] fetch what is difficult to access. [À l’époque]this music was rarely played for a political issue, but it has so much historyshe raises.

The Gatineau resident aspires as much to the stage as to teaching. Transmitting and sharing classical music, which is not widely known or “fashionable” these days, is a bit like a personal dutyshe points out.

For Annie Noël-de-Tilly, participating in this concert by the Ensemble Prisme is also an opportunity important to highlight the music composed by women of yesterday – often in the shadows – and of today.

I think it’s up to our generation to put our foot down and say, “They [les compositrices] do such interesting things. They have things to say.”she argues.

Marc-Étienne Leclerc, in introspection

Guitarist Marc-Étienne Leclerc is finishing his bachelor’s degree in classical guitar at the Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau.

Photo: Iften Redjah

The guitar may have been in Marc-Étienne Leclerc’s life for a long time, but it was only at the age of 26 that he entered the Conservatoire. I’m an atypical case, because it’s rare that we go back to that age. I have a whole baggage of experiencehe mentions.

As a teenager, the Gatineau resident aspired more to medicine and dreamed of the electric guitar.

ans, j’ai changé d’idée et je suis parti voyager pendant quatre ans pour prendre un peu de recul. J’ai vécu dans d’autres pays, où j’ai pu continuer la guitare, lancer un premier CD, faire ma formation de professeur de yoga en Inde et avoir des expériences en enseignement qui m’ont beaucoup enrichi”,”text”:”À 18ans, j’ai changé d’idée et je suis parti voyager pendant quatre ans pour prendre un peu de recul. J’ai vécu dans d’autres pays, où j’ai pu continuer la guitare, lancer un premier CD, faire ma formation de professeur de yoga en Inde et avoir des expériences en enseignement qui m’ont beaucoup enrichi”}}”>At 18, I changed my mind and left to travel for four years to take a step back. I lived in other countries, where I was able to continue the guitar, launch a first CD, do my yoga teacher training in India and have teaching experiences that have enriched me a lot.says the one who is now 29 years old.

For him, his parallel paths in yoga and classical music go hand in hand.

What I like is the thousands of hours of practice [musicale] which bring me into a bubble, into a zone where it’s silent in my head and where I’m very focused. It brings me to “reconnect”. »

A quote from Marc-Étienne Leclerc, guitarist

It is this side introspective music that led him to choose the classical guitar.

That [la musique classique] led me to develop music that reflected what I was going through. I saw a lot of depth and more challenges to develop my potentialsupports the musician.

Whether in a concert or during a yoga class he teaches, Marc-Étienne Leclerc likes to share his musical background with the public.

People often think that classical music is Mozart, but not necessarily. It’s very varied, and I try to make people discover this music, to immerse them in a universe they don’t know, especially for the guitar.indicates the one who will begin his master’s degree in interpretation in the fall.

Thus, he considers himself pampered to collaborate with the Ensemble Prisme. According to him, their thematic concerts rekindle the flame and interest in classical music In the region. We go there having an idea of ​​the style of music, but there, we let ourselves be guided and we know that we are going to discover or learn somethinghe concludes.

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