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Palais Barbare (complete)

01:37 min. / 2,23 MB/ MP3

 

    ‘Exceeds the most colossal notion of modern barbarism. The pompous splendour of the buildings            

     and the eternal snow on the ground. Out of a strange urge for extravagance all classical masterpieces

    of architecture are reproduced’.

 

Intoxicated Dances of Trance Danse Africain (complete)

02:15 min. / 3,09 MB/ MP3

 

Dionyssos appears as the dancer Nijinski: Dance of the Child (fragment)

02:54 min. / 3,98 MB/ MP3

    “A door slammed,- and on the square of the hamlet the child spinned

     his arms, understood by the windvanes and weathercocks

    from everywhere, in the pattering shower.”

 

 

Visions du Palais Barbare

with subtitles from poems of Arthur Rimbaud

 

I would like to describe the poems of Arthur Rimbaud as visionary, barbarous and mystical. The compositions and the performance of this concert are in every aspect inspired by this pioneer of poetry.

Rimbaud, one could state, wrote poetry from the fuddle of Dionyssos, the Greek deity of wine, harmony and excitement from devotion and nearness. Of the nearness of the child, the nearness of the adolescent, of the vicinity of barbarous dreams,

actually from a state of intellectual, artistic intoxination and trance.

 Barend W. Schipper

 

Vision du Palais Barbare

Live piano music composed and performed by Barend Schipper

 

CD 1:

 

“Far past the days and tides, the creatures and countries.

The music, a swirl from the dephts and shock of the drifting ice against the stars”:

 

1.   Nocturnal arrival of Dionyssos by Gondola                                                                                                                                                                         01.20 min.

      ‘A choir of glasses of melodies from the night’..

 

2.   Palais Barbare                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  01.35 min.

‘Exceeds the most colossal notion of modern barbarism. The pompous splendour of the buildings

and the eternal snow on the ground. Out of a strange urge for extravagance all classical masterpieces

of architecture are reproduced’.

 

3.   The hall                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               01.45 min.

     ‘To miraculously embellish the façades of the Promontory’.

 

4.   The shell of the Stairwell                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 01.23 min.

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                    Salle de Galleries

‘On an attic where I was locked up when I was twelve, I have known the world,

I have illustrated the human comedy.’

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 5.       Gallery of Portraits: Chinese portrait                                                                                                                                                                               03.13 min.

 6.                                                 African portrait                                                                                                                                                                                03.43 min

 7.                                                 Spanish portrait                                                                                                                                                                               03.10 min.

 8.       Gallery of Picassos:  Scène de Jazz                                                                                                                                                                                      01.18 min.

 9.                                                 Clown                                                                                                                                                                                                    02.38 min.

10.                                                Scène de Jazz                                                                                                                                                                                     00.37 min.

11.                                                Tango                                                                                                                                                                                                    02.05 min.

12.                                                Scène de Jazz                                                                                                                                                                                     01.24 min.

 

13.   The Hall                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            01.24 min.

 

14.   Sleepwalk in the morning garden                                                                                                                                                                                          03.22 min.

‘I have walked and awoke the sultry, spicy fumes, and the gems looked around, and soundlessly the wings rise.’

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15.  Awakening in the afternoon: la Cappucino                                                                                                                                                                        00.49 min.

 

         Stage feast in the court yard: Scènes d’Opera:

        ‘Behind the comic-operahuts

16.  Scène 1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                04.32 min.

         17.  Scène 2                                                                                                                                                                        04.18 min.

 

      Total time:                                                                                                                                                                           39.17 min.

 

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CD 2:

1: Evening feast: Dionyssos’ Garden Music                                                        03:53 min.

    “Ritornella’s from the glorious valleys of the arts”

 

2: La Grappa                                                                                                                   00:32 min.

 

Intoxicated Dances of Trance:

“Touch with your finger the tambourin and all sounds break loose,

the new harmony begins.”

 

3: Danse Africain                                                                                                          02:13 min.

4: Danse de Bali                                                                                                             02:40 min.

5: Danse Russe                                                                                                               05:33 min.

 

6: Night Feast in all the Rooms of the Palace                                                   04:58 min.

 

Dionyssos appears as the Dancer Nijinski:

 

7: Dance of the Child                                                                                                   04:27 min.

     “A door slammed,- and on the square of the hamlet the child spinned

     his arms, understood by the windvanes and weathercocks

    from everywhere, in the pattering shower.”

 

8: Dance of the Adolescent                                                                                       04:29 min.                        

     “Ah! Infinite egoism of the adolescence, zealous optimism:

     how full of flowers the world was this summer!”

 

9: Dance of the Clown                                                                                                 04:47 min.                         [page down]

     “It is the dear, neither torturing nor tortured. The dear.

      It is the friend, not fierce, not weak. The friend.”             

 

10: Dance of the Animal                                                                                             09:57 min.

       “Your heart beats in this body of which the equivocality slumbers.

        Your teeth shine. Stained with whinelees, your cheeks become hollow.”

 

11: Encore: Amadeus Faun                                                                                       06:04 min.

 

Total time: 50:11 min.

 

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Visions du Palais Barbare:

This CD is recorded live during a piano concert given by Barend Schipper on November 25th 2000

in the architecture of the Concert Hall in the Stedelijke Muziekschool Groningen.

 

Recordings by: ASN Studios, the Netherlands.

Cover: front: Arthur Rimbaud, 1871, floorplan of ‘Palazzo Barbaro’ in Rome

             back: Arthur Rimbaud: drawing by Coussens, floorplan of ‘Palazzo Barbaro’ in Rome

Cover design: Meyke Beekman and Barend Schipper, © 2001.

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