The flute, viola and harp trio introduces a series of pieces of chamber music composed between 1999 and 2006. It aims to conjure up the pastoral atmosphere of the novel from which I drew my inspiration: L'Astré, by Honoré d'Urfé, written in the early 17th century.
The excerpt I chose is the one where Céladon, a young shepherd, alone in the thick of the woods, erects a temple of greenery to honour the princess Astrée who spurns his advances.
Nature's mystery and stillness combined with some impetuous outbursts, songs of devoutness and melancholy, sudden mood swings, suspensive coda, this is a rough sketch of the trio's poetic setting. The leading part is played by the harp.
The sound of the flute and the viola constantly blend or clash, as if they were having a conversation not devoid of violence. Nevertheless, this clearly remains a very intimate piece.