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FLORENTINE MULSANT

THE POET GARDEN OP 97
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Piano

(2020)

THE POET GARDEN OP 97

The work for piano, lasting 7 min 30, was composed in spring 2020. It is a tribute to the painting of the same name by Vincent Van Gogh and also to the edited poems of my son Paul Gagnaire. Two artists linked by a tragic fate.
In two movements, it is inspired by the colours of the painting, predominantly green and yellow, and also by the latest poems by Paul Gagnaire.
The first movement, lasting 4 min 30, consists of three linked parts. It highlights the different shades of green present in the canvas. The first part, from bar 1 to 20, presents a theme with a harmonic and modal character. The second part, from bar 21 to 39, shows gentle variations of an element presented in bar 21. The last part, from bar 40, takes up the theme of the first part with a new harmonic color. The movement ends in a serene atmosphere.
The second movement, lasting 3 minutes, evokes the yellow color of the painting and the strength of the latest poems by Paul Gagnaire. Yellow, for Van Gogh, is synonymous with joy and happiness. In this painting, he invades the entire back of the canvas. The movement revolves around 3 parts. The first part, from bar 1 to 20, is cheerful and bright. The second part, measure 21 to 45, develops the thematic elements, in particular in clusters of agreements (measures 21 and 23). After the re-exposure, from bar 46 to 53, a new presentation of the theme is made by opposite movement (bars 54 and 55). The movement ends in great energy.

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