Album release "Poésie Française"

Friday, October 20, 2023

A great admirer and enthusiast of French culture, from the literature of Victor Hugo, Émile Zola and Michel Tournier, through the pictorial arts of Monet and Cézanne, to the history, gastronomy and landscapes of her native country, Roxane loves to celebrate the richness of this cultural heritage through music.

Two years after a first album in tribute to Debussy, Roxane has recorded a second album entitled Poésie Française. It features previously unpublished arrangements for guitar – in solo or duo – of major works from the turn of the 20th century:  Cygne by Saint-Saëns, Valse Romantique by Debussy, Romances sans paroles by Gabriel Fauré as well as Gymnopédie n°1 and Valse-Ballet byErik Satie. The album also includes a work originally written for guitar by Arnaud Dumont, Hommage à Ravel, as well as two arrangements by Roland Dyens of world-famous French songs: La Foule and Hymne à l’amour by Edith Piaf.

As a nod to this mosaic of French works, the album closes with a very peaceful version of La Marseillaise arranged by Baden Powell: this hymn symbolizing freedom has been quoted across borders in the works of artists as diverse as Debussy, Satie, Stravinsky, Django Reinhardt and the Beatles.