Summer Season of the Association "Les Quatre Saisons d'Epineau"
Masterclasses for duo singer-pianist from 17th of August to 21st of August 2020
The Art of the Song Recital
Illustrate above all Poetry as the primal source of my music
Hugo Wolf, 1890
Closing Concert in the Church of Epineau-les-Voves
Friday 21st of August 2020 at 18h30
Works chosen from the German Lied and French Art Song répertoire.
Gerda Hartman and John Whitelaw will work individually with each duo on the fusion of the musical and poetic text and the profound interaction between voice and piano - how to listen to the expressive value of the harmonic writing, how both parts should declame the poetic and musical context of each piece - how both should listen to each other and make music in the true spirit of chamber music.
We welcome advanced students in their final years of conservatory studies, young professionals as well as professionals who work as an established duo.
Each duo will receive intense and detailed tuition during two working sessions per day and should present at least 5 pieces of substance, chosen from the above mentioned repertoire, "by heart". Duos in full preparation of international "Lied - Duo" competitions, may present Lieder and "mélodies" from the list of their competition programs.
Please send us a presentation of yourself with details of your personal address as well as an audio or video
recording of two songs in German and in French - preferably recorded by your duo via la page contact du site (cliquez)
For the eventual possibility of inscribing without a duo partner, please contact us as soon as possible.
Inscription deadline: Friday the 5th of June 2020
After selection, we will confirm your participation as well as all further inscription and financial formalities
by the 15th of June 2020 at the latest.
We will then establish, together with you, the program to present at the Masterclasses - at least 5 pieces "by heart".
Global fee for the " participation aux frais" : 300 € / person, which includes:
° 50€ Inscription fee (not re-embursed in case of last minute annulation)
• Lodging "sur place" (2 persons per room)) 5-6 nights.
• Full board - meals are served in the atmosphere of our private home.
Tuition is free - offfered as a form of bursary.
Traveling costs are not covered.
We can meet you at the Laroche Migennes station.
Together with her husband John Whitelaw, she founded the cultural and artistic association "Les Quatre saisons d'Epineau" in Epineau-les-Voves, France. Biographie.
Finalist in the International Competitions for Harpsichord in Bruges and in Paris - In 1983 John was appointed professor in harpsichord at the "Hoogeschool voor Muziek" in Ghent where he taught for many years. As a soloist he performed all over the world.
For a detailed biography, click: Biographie
The working sessions
Arrival on Sunday, the 16th of August between 18h-19h. "Getting acquainted meal" at 20h
Lessons from Monday to Thursday: 10h-13h and 16h-19h
Sunday 21st of August: Lessons and rehearsal for the concert in the church: 10-13h
Concert in the church at 18h30.
The lessons take place in the private studio of the Association and are open to a small public.
Free entrance "dans la disponibilité des places" on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th of August in the afternoon.
Reservations obligatory : 03.86.62.11.80
Soyez les bienvenues dans notre douce Bourgogne !
« In einem Bächlein helle… » Schubert
La maison, Epineau-les-Voves
Trains are direct from Paris. Traveling time 1h20 (a train every hour)
Départure : Gare Paris/Bercy or Gare de Lyon.
Arrival: Gare Laroche Migennes.
Acces by car - Parking at the church.
From Paris: (150 km) A6, Exit no.18 "Joigny Toucy" , then direction Auxerre until the first traffic light after about 22km.,
Turn right and you have arrived - Parking at the church. .
From Lyon: A6, exit no.19 "Joigny Migennes"