Tournier’s “Images” for harp and string quintet, arranged by the composer
March 28, 2022
At the Camac Festival in Nice last October, we were lucky enough to experience an exceptional concert of unpublished works by Marcel Tournier. This came about thanks to Agnès Bérard, harp professor at the Conservatoire national à rayonnement régional de Nice Pierre Cochereau.
Agnès is Jacqueline Borot’s great-niece; Borot was, of course, one of Tournier’s most distinguished students. She succeeded him as Professor at the Paris Conservatoire, and inherited both his archive and his harp, “Sidonie”. Agnès inherited these from her great-aunt in turn, and released the scores to Lemoine so that they can now be published.
Two volumes of “Images” are now available, arranged by Tournier himself for harp and string quintet! Of course, they are the latest proud additions to the range of scores available from the Camac webshop. Volume 1 contains ‘Clair de lune sur l’étang du parc’ from Images Suite N° 1, and ‘Les Ânesses grises sur la route d’El Azib’ and ‘Danseuse à la fontaine d’Aïn Draham’ from Suite N° 3. Volume 2 continues the 3rd Suite with ‘Soir de fête à Sedjenane’, and the fiery ‘La danse du Moujik’ from Suite N° 4.