La Bibliothèque patrimoniale et les Archives historiques du CCI reflètent l’histoire de la musique religieuse en France et en Irlande du 18e à l’aube du 20e siècle : manuels, partitions et livres de chants appellent à y porter le regard… et l’oreille. Le chant et la musique font partie intégrante du culte chrétien, depuis les tout premiers temps de l’Eglise. Au fil des siècles, le répertoire du plain-chant s’est constitué et développé : ces psaumes chantés à l’unisson et sans accompagnement sont devenus la norme pour toutes les célébrations. Le chant grégorien en est sans doute l’exemple le plus célèbre. Mais à la Renaissance, d’autres formes de musicalité prennent le pas sur les pratiques médiévales. C’est au 18e et davantage au 19e siècle que l’on observe le renouveau du plain-chant, s’exprimant d’abord en Allemagne au sein du mouvement cécilien, avant un retour aux sources grégoriennes, encouragé par les moines de l’abbaye de Solesmes.
Responsabilité scientifique : Dr Mary Louise O’Donnell, musicologue et musicienne, lauréate d’une bourse Fulbright (2019/ 20), boursière du CCI en 2019.
Cette exposition illustre l’histoire mouvementée du plain-chant à travers les collections patrimoniales du CCI et se complète par des œuvres inédites à écouter dans la chapelle St Patrick. Plusieurs musiciens contemporains ont été invités à adapter et réinterpréter certaines partitions présentées dans l’exposition : Sam Comerford, Ríoghnach Connolly, Garth Knox, Oscar Mascarenas, Nick Roth & Olesya Zdorovetska, Catherine Sikora Mingus & Eric Mingus.
D’Amore Vespers, multi-track viola d’amore, 5'24"
The title refers to the memory contained in the vesper manuscripts and the corresponding memory of the viola d’amore and its sympathetic strings. The recording was made in the CCI Chapel.
Garth Knox is a pioneer of the viola d’amore, exploring its possibilities in new music, with and without electronics, and is in the process of creating a new repertoire for this instrument. He has been a member of several ensembles in the past and also collaborates regularly in theatre and dance projects.
Olesya Zdorovetska & Nick Roth
I Vespers for Feast of Saint Patrick, Voice, piano, soprano saxophone + electronics
“When setting the Vespers we were inspired by the sense of historical weave that permeates the chapel of the Centre Culturel Irlandais; nestled below the haven of the Old Library, this is a space in which a wealth of music now touches the past while reaching towards the future. It was a great honour to take part in this exhibition, and add our voices to the choir of the present in its lilting dance with the past.”
Nick Roth is a saxophonist, composer, producer and teacher. His work explores the liberation of improvisation from composition, the impact of natural form on technology and the contemporary interpretation of traditional music.
Olesya Zdorovetska is a vocalist and composer. She crosses the fields of improvised, jazz, Afro-Caribbean, contemporary classical and experimental music.
Both Nick and Olesya are experienced improvisers who have worked in a range of styles.
Ríoghnach Connolly is a flautist and vocalist involved in multiple bands and projects. She was voted the BBC2 Folk Singer of the Year 2020. She is particularly skilled at reinterpreting traditional song.
Vespers for St. Patrick, 5'34" Bb clarinet, piano, tenor saxophone, bass saxophone
This setting of the "Vespers for St. Patrick" was composed and recorded during the longest, darkest lockdown in Comerford's basement studio in Brussels. The melody is played directly from the manuscript found in CCI's archives on clarinet, with a new setting composed and performed by Comerford on piano, clarinet and saxophones.
A graduate in Jazz Saxophone from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Sam Comerford is an award-winning improviser and composer from Dublin. He works with numerous projects and is interested in creating new music and exploring the history and sound of the saxophone.
Catherine Sikora Mingus & Eric Mingus
Tenor and soprano saxophonist, improviser and composer, Catherine Sikora Mingus has devoted her life to researching the magic of that sound with her saxophones.
Eric Mingus is a renowned jazz musician, singer and composer. His music shows influences from many forms: blues, jazz, electronics…
Catherine and Eric have worked together frequently and released the album “Chrysalis” in 2018.
Midday Vespers(St. Patrick’s), 4’20”
A sonic response to the manuscript collection of the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. For voices and ambient sounds. The piece was devised using the vesper chant Ecce sacerdos for the Feast of St. Patrick, turning the score upside down and reading the melodies backwards. This provided a soundscape that was then set against a vocal drone. Incidental ambient sounds captured during a midday walk in the town of Sixmilebridge, in Co. Clare, dialogue with the vocalised melody, reflecting my current approach and understanding of spirituality as that which is rooted in the experience of everyday life.
Óscar Mascareñas is a composer, poet, voice artist, filmmaker, performer and musicologist. Lecturer in Chant in University of Limerick, Óscar's research interests cover a wide range of subjects and disciplines and include poetry, music and dance performance.