The Book of Eleanor

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The Book of Eleanor & Philippe Hersant: La Chanson de Guillaume
Angelic voices expressing the wonders of medieval and contemporary music
Schedule and venues
22 Jun 2017, 8pm

“The clarity and the richness of the timbre allow to taste some wonders of music.” Diapason

Ensemble De Caelis will present the audience with a unique a capella performance from its album Le Livre d’Aliénor.  Laurence Brisset (Artistic Director, mezzo-soprano), Estelle Nadau (soprano), Eugénie de Mey (soprano), Caroline Tarrit (mezzo-soprano), Marie-George Monet (alto) will pay tribute to two great female figures in medieval Christian history, Aliénor d’Aquitaine (1122-1204) and Aliénor de Bretagne (1275-1342), the 16th Abbess of Fontevraud, with a sacred and profane repertoire.   The repertoire will start with monophonic and polyphonic creations derived from the Gradual from the Mass for the Vigil of the Assumption followed the “Chanson de Guillaume d’Aquitaine”, composed by Philippe Hersant, who was inspired by the poem Farai un vers de dreit nien by Guillaume IX, grandfather of d’Aliénor d’Aquitaine.   There will also be pieces originally sung in priories of the Fontevrault order in England such as Amesbury Abbey presented in monophonic, polyphonic and contemporary styles.


  • Jhesu Crist fill de Dieu viu Chanson de Guiraud Riquier (1254-1292)
  • Introït : Salve Sancta parens Fol 170v
  • Kyrie tropé : Rex virginum amator Deus Fol 23V
  • Gloria tropé Fol 24 et 24V
  • Repons: Benedicta et venerabilis es virgo… V/ Virgo dei… Fol 170V -171
  • Séquence : verbum bonum Fol 235-235V-236
  • Séquence : virga iesse humi David Fol 237
  • Comm. : Beata viscera Marie virginis. Fol 172
  • Motet : Ave Miles
  • Séquence : Res est admirabilis Fol 238-239
  • Motet: Humane-Deo gratias
  • Res glorios Guirault de Bornelh (1162-1199)
  • Chanson de Guillaume d’Aquitaine, Philippe Hersant, CREATION

Ensemble De Caelis
Laurence Brisset Artistic Director, mezzo-soprano
Estelle Nadau, soprano
Eugénie de Mey, mezzo-soprano
Caroline Tarrit, soprano
Marie-George Monet, alto

The performance will last for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes with no interval. 

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Ensemble De Caelis

De Caelis, formed by its artistic director Laurence Brisset in 1998, has established itself as a leading a capella ensemble performing music connecting two periods of great creative innovation: the Middle Ages and the present day.  Their selection of beautiful sacred and secular repertoire reveals the musical originality that emerged from the 11th century to the dawn of the Renaissance as well as performing contemporary works.

Laurence Brisset

Mezzo-soprano Laurence Brisset studied harpsichord with William Christie and Noëlle Spieth at the Lille Conservatory (CNR) before devoting herself to singing. She was unanimously awarded Premier Prix in voice at the Versailles Conservatory (CNR) and was admitted to the postgraduate course in opera at the Conservatoire National Supérieur of Paris, studying with Xavier Depraz. She simultaneously studied early musical notation and took part in many concerts and recordings with the Organum (1983-2000) and Discantus (1989-1992) ensembles.

Philippe Hersant, composer

Rome-born French composer Philippe Hersant studied with André Jolivet at the Paris Conservatoire, where he first won a composition prize.  He has subsequently recevied numerous awards including the Grand Prix musical de la Ville de Paris (1990), Prix des compositeurs de la SACEM (1991), Grand prix SACEM de la musique symphonique (1998), Grand prix de la Fondation Del Duca (2001) and was Victoire de la Musique Classique’s ‘composer of the year’ in 2010.

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Take a look at the Gradual

Schedule and venues
22 Jun 2017, 8pm






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