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Thematic Programmes

IMB thematic proposals

I Musici Brucellensis proposes some "Ready-to-play" programmes, in short or long version ( 1 hour, no pause / two 45 min. parts with pause ).
On stage commentaries in French, Dutch, or English are optional.

More detailed repertoire on demand.

The themes :

  • Journey along the Danube. 
  • Angels… or demons. 
  • Dance ... in all guises. 
  • Music and Gastronomy.

Musical cruise « Journey along the Danube »

Accompanied by five great composers :

  • Johannes BRAHMS
  • Antonin DVORAK 
  • Bela BARTOK 
  • Johann STRAUSS
  • Arnold SCHOENBERG 

A festive and dancing programme for all audiences.

Extraordinarily rich, the folklore of the Danube-related countries inspired major classical composers. The rendition of popular themes always bears a personal composer stamp, but never at the expense of authenticity.

This programme ends with best known themes by the Waltz King,  in an unexpected arrangment carried out by the Father of Serialism.

Whatever one could have believed, dance and rythm do not lose their irresistible charm here !

A descent to hell ? « Angels… or Demons »

Variations on the 24th Caprice
arr. for string orchestra, H. Alshin

Giuseppe TARTINI
Devil's Trill sonata in G min.
arr. for string orchestra, H. Vieuxtemps

Danse Macabre op. 40
arr. for string orchestra, H. Alshin

Sinfonia n° 6 La Casa del Diavolo
op.12/4 in D min.

Saber Dance fom the ballet Gayaneh
arr. for string orchestra, T. Ricketts

La Muerte del Angel – tango
Excerpt from Seria del Angel

Classical but … with the thrill of virtuosity and …a scent of sulfur !

Dance ... In all guises

Franz SCHUBERT Minuets
Gustav HOLST Gigue (from St Pauls Suite)
Benjamin BRITTEN Sarabande (from Simple Symphony)
Anton DVORAK Slavonic Dances
Bela BARTOK Romanian Dances
Franz SCHUBERT Ländler
Johan STRAUSS Waltzes (arr. SCHOENBERG)
Johann STRAUSS Polka pizzicato
Mariano MORES Tangos argentinos
Scott JOPLIN The Entertainer

The need to express feelings - especially joy - by means of rythmed movements, is simply part of human nature.

Therefore we propose here to follow the evolution of dance through centuries, in company of great musicians.

Dance for the Court like the minuet, this rythmed walking.

Popular dances , round dances and farandoles, particularly flourishing in the Danube countries.

The same Danube later witnessed the phenomenal success of the Waltz. Descended from the village Landler, the waltz reigned over ballroom dance and handed its rythm (in more syncopated form) down to polka.

Then came the crowning of the Tango.

But every feast ends up with fireworks :a frantic ragtime closes this programme.

*A different programme on the same theme, with different composers, was played in 2010-11

Music and Gastronomy

It will not come as a surprise to anyone, gastronomy is an art. In 2010, the UNESCO even proclaimed French gastronomy Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of the Humanity.

What is certainly less known is how often composers, even amoung the greatest, took their inspiration from gastronomy.

Of course, the name Rossini immediately comes to mind. His famous "tournedos" appears on the menu in every good restaurant. But he also turned some recipes into scores. He was not the first, nor the last :references to palate pleasures, whether solid or liquid, abound in classical music.

To celebrate the "Brusselicious Year", we cooked this gastronomical concert.

A sequence of short but numerous pieces, shaped in memory of the abundant multi-course menus from olden days.

It starts with a short breakfast. After young Mozart's "Bread and Butter" mixed with Bernier's Coffee, we rapidly shift to more elaborate recipes, concocted by the master chefs Schubert, Rossini, Bernstein...
Be aware some toxic Gingerbread Witch might appear at some point, blame Humperdinck for that !

Dessert consists in three fruits, as suggested by Stravinski.

Beverages are also quite appropriate.

From manzanilla dancing in Carmen's glass to the tipsiness of la Périchole, with a pause at Barber's Great Lake of Beer.

To conclude, the stirrup-cup ... the last one for the road...
served by the composer Michel Lysight from Brussels, whose tasteful "whisky" constituted a World Premiere.

Cheers ! Enjoy !

Bread and butter

Symphonies pour les soupers du Roi
3rd Caprice - Gigue (Gracieusement)
solo violin & cello

Coffee Cantata
Aria soprano

La Périchole
Air de la Griserie
for soprano

The Trout

Petite galette allemande – allegro brillante
For piano

Péchés de Vieillesse (volume 4)
Un sauté n°11
Hachis romantique n°12

Sous les remparts de Séville
for mezzo

Love of the Three Oranges March

La Bière ou A Jeun