The Salon of Princesse de Polignac ~ Proust and his vignettes of Debussy, Fauré, Satie and Ravel

2022 is the 100th death anniversary of the great French novelist Marcel Proust.  Known for his seven-volume novel À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time) that features countless references to composers before and of his time – it was in fact at the Parisian music salon of Princesse de Polignac where avant-garde premieres of living French composers were heard – that much of Proust’s musical education took place.

Specially for young ones who are just starting out, don’t miss this morning of fun and learning with our engaging animateur and internationally-acclaimed classical chamber musicians at our upcoming pair of interactive Concerts for Children this 24 Apr 2022 at the Esplanade Recital Studio !

The Toys of Claude-Emma’s Playroom
10am 24 Apr 2022 for ages 0-6 (40 mins)

Debussy wrote and dedicated his Children’s Corner, a six-part piano suite to his three year old daughter ‘Chou-Chou’ starring a few of her favourite toys !  On this morning, let’s meet the toys of Claude-Emma’s playroom ~ a clumsy elephant, a gentle porcelain doll and a little shepherd !

Friendships and War
12noon 24 Apr 2022 for ages 6-12 (50 mins)

Friendships can be lost and gained in war.  Ravel wrote his Le Tombeau de Couperin as a memorial to seven of his friends who died fighting in World War I.  Debussy wrote his Les soirs illuminés par l’ardeur du charbon as a gift for his musical coal merchant who had moved scarce fuel to his home during the harsh wartime winter of 1917.  Join us for a morning of learning and reflection !




Esplanade Recital Studio

 24 Apr 2022

About the Musicians:

Luca Buratto
Tang Tee Khoon

About our Animateur:

Cheryl Kjm