Suite Tastevinesque (mp3)

The Suite Tastevinesque – Intronisation, Château du Clos Vougeot, Disnée – (1989-1990) was written on the return from a chapter meeting of the well-known Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. This fraternity is based in Nuits-Saint-Georges in Burgundy. During the Chapitre des Sarments in October 1989, the composer was judged worthy to become a member of this fraternity with the grade of Chevalier du Tastevin.

The Suite Tastevinesque  is constructed in 3 parts.

These three pictures try to translate the impressions of the new member into musical terms. The work is dedicated to the fraternity godfather of the composer, his friend Albert Dechaume.

1.       Intronisation : Each chapter starts by the ceremony of the enthronement of the new chevaliers in the Salle d'Honneur of the Château du Clos Vougeot. This ceremony is introduced by fanfares announcing the entrance of the Great Council of the Fraternity. This is why the trumpet starts the piece along. It introduces a majestic and ceremonial theme.

2.      Château du Clos Vougeot : A heritage from the Cistercian monks, the Château du Clos Vougeot dates from the 12th century. Most fraternities meet there. In this slow movement, based on a single theme, the composer has attempted to portray the elegance, majesty and harmony of this wonderful building. This is why he has used an accompaniment in Middle Ages colours on an ostinato rhythm.

3.      Disnée : After his enthronement, the new chevalier takes part in his first "disnée". During this memorable evening, food and wine of Burgundy are served, with musical interludes given by the "Cadets de Bourgogne".

The celebrated "Ban Bourguignon" is also a rite during these chapter meetings. Is is this atmosphere of feasting and gaiety that the composer has tried to illustrate by writing a very fast movement with passing allusions to the "Ban Bourguignon" and to a famous Burgundian song ("Et je suis fier d'être Bourguignon").







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