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Setting Le Soulier de Satin to music

Interview with the composer Marc-André Dalbavie

By Konstantinos Aspiotis 04 May 2021

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For his world premiere, commissioned by the Paris Opera, Marc-André Dalbavie faced a major challenge: setting to music a monument of French literature: Le Soulier de satin. For the composer, Paul Claudel's work is clearly operatic, both in the way the characters are portrayed and in terms of duration of action. He discusses the different stages of creation, from writing the libretto to composing the music.

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