This sheet music is published in a collection of 5 pieces entitled “Atout choeur”. There are “Fleur de beauté” with a text by Rabelais, “Marine” with a text by Claude Pascal, “Dédicace des Concertos brandebourgeois”, “Parmi les arbres centenaries” with a text by Claude Pascal, and “Autour du piano” also with a text by Claude Pascal. Claude Pascal wrote “I really like to set to music texts which are not supposed to be set to music, and as many of those pieces were written for great groups, I felt I could do it, at least for one of them.” He also composed “L’invitation aux voyages” for children’s choirs (ref. ACJ 973, 974, 975, 978, 979). “I am at ease with the perfect neutrality of texts. It makes me feel like I’m driving along a highway with no other vehicles on the road. As those words are usual and possess no sense of poetry, the author has no comprehension effort to make, and music is glorified. It was fun to pastiche Bach for this French “Dédicace”. On the last page only, the melody played to the organ or to the piano evolves to become a melody which withstands time.” Claude Pascale was born in 1921 and studied at Conservatoire de Paris and won the 1st prize in Grand Prix de Rome in 1945. He taught at Conservatory and is now an honorary professor at the Conservatoire de Paris. His works which are mostly instrumental are mostly published by Editions Durand. “L’invitation aux voyages” is published by Éditions À Coeur Joie.
(Translated from French)