Charriere Caroline L air glisse V118
Caroline Charrière
L’air glisse...
for mixed choir
intermediate / advanced French Duration: 2'20 Swiss Composers Series

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Caroline Charrière

Caroline Charrière (1960-2018)

Born 1960 in Fribourg (Switzerland), Caroline Charrière has accomplished flute studies at the Lausanne Conservatory (with Pierre Wavre) and completed them with Aurèle Nicolet and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (GB). During the same time, she studied orchestration and composition with the Swiss composer Jean Balissat and conducting (Lausanne Conservatory, Hervé Klopfenstein)....
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About L’air glisse...

In this short song, Caroline Charrière sets to music a poem by the Vaud poetess José-Flore Tappy. She dedicates it to the Fribourg politician Solange Berset, in gratitude for her commitment to the creation of her opera “Les trois soupirs” (libretto: Isabelle Daccord) at the Murten Classics festival in August 2015.

The atmosphere of this piece is infinitely peaceful. Everything is as it should be. The calm is so profound that it gives the feeling that the air is gliding over the necks of the birds. The music, entirely placed under the indication dolce, describes this state of awareness, reinforced by the lapping of the waves, which leads to a fusion between the human being and nature. The quasi-parallel melodic line at the beginning leads to the monodic statement “I close my eyes”, a tipping point towards a state of absolute trust represented by subtle and moving harmonic strata.

Irène Minder

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José-Flore Tappy


  • May 25, 2022 | Fribourg, Switzerland. Choeur St-Michel, Philippe Savoy (conductor).

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