– Haydn: Winter and Spring

In October 2017 we brought “Nun beut die Flur” by Haydn in the church of Dochamps during our concert, derived from the oratorio “The Creation”(“Die Schöpfung”).

From our blog on 20190505 about this aria: “We would like to celebrate spring with you and therefore we offer you today a video that Eric made of our concert in Dochamps. This year, snow on the 4th of May here in the Ardennes, apparently we need to remember our weather gods that May means Spring! Do enjoy this beautiful composition by Haydn!

Quite the opposite right now. This month is more like spring in stead of winter …

As glad as Haydns composition about Spring might make you, you definitely feel cold and dismal listening to his composition about Winter from “The Seasons” (“Die Jahreszeiten”). Personally I really love this piece, for me it’s magical, mysterious and spooky, and now  and then very light as well.

Is it a coincidence that when Hanne sings during her cavatine “Light and Life have weakened, Warmth and Joy have disappeared” this so appropriately describes the situation Eric and I are in right now? Since last Thursday our heating broke down, the day after there was no warm water anymore either. And this on the eve of our concert “Winter Silence”. Quite uncomfortable and an extra challenge not to catch a cold when having to wash your hair. Monday the mechanic will come and fix it … we were promised …

Luckily we have a wood stove in the living and an electric heater for my music room. Marijke and Tijl already brought the harpsicord to the church, where it is cold as well … Poor instrument.

See you coming Sunday at 16.00 hrs,

Marijke Persijn

– Double festivities and our programme

Next week we actually have two reasons to celebrate: our Trio exists five years and in our audience we will have a couple that celebrates its 47th wedding anniversary that same day! A reason to bring their preferred music piece. Which one it is, is still a surprise. And as such you see it written down in the programme which we reveal today.

1Händel1585-1659Tecum PrincipiumDixit Dominus
2Purcell1659-1695Cold SongOpéra King Arthur
3Haydn1732-1809Einleitung Winter (Hiver)Die Jahreszeiten                Les Saisons
Simon et HanneDer Winter
Cavatine HanneL’Hiver
4Schubert1797-1828Der LeiermannWinterreise                         Voyage hivernal
5Boismortier1689-1755Les vents brisent leurs chaînesLes quatre saisons L’Hyver
6HändelSüsse Stille, sanfte Quelle9 Deutsche Arien nr. 4
PAUSE
7Delalande1657-1726Sustinuit anima meaDe Profundis
8Vivaldi1678-1741Largo Winter        Largo HiverThe four Seasons            Les 4 Saisons:  L’Hiver
9VivaldiAll’ombra di sospettoCantata RV 687
10SurpriseSurprise
11DowlandFlow my tears
12HändelSe un dì m’adoraCantata Mi palpita il cor

We wil bring pieces by Vivaldi, Haydn and Boismortier. All three of them have composed a work named “Four Seasons”. And of course we have chosen other winter-pieces too as our concert is called “Winter Silence”. Great to have found pieces by Schubert and Purcell with Winter as theme as well.

Yes, I realise that winter seems far away at the moment, at least here in the Ardennes. Already trees are blossoming in the Arboretum and I feel that my hay feaver allergy is not far away either, regrettably. But we are looking forward to offering you this magnificent music!

Welcome in the church in Dochamps coming Sunday 26 January at 16.00 hrs!

Marijke Persijn

– Voice, Movement and Confidence

Our MaGMa Trio wishes you a very prosperous and healthy 2020, filled with beautiful music!

And we definitely intend to contribute to that as well.

Did you note the date of Sunday 26 January in your agendas? We will start our concert “Silence d’Hiver” (Winter Silence) at 16.00 hrs in the church of Dochamps.

We are happy with all the music we found that matches so well with the theme of this concert. So … allow yourself to be surprised!

I’d also like to inform you about the workshop you can subscribe for:   starting 15 January 2020 on Wednesday morning, I’ll present “La Voix, Le Mouvement et La Confiance” (Voice, Movement and Confidance), in the Centre Culturel in Barvaux.  For information and subscriptions: see the flyer.

We wish you a lovely week,

Marijke Persijn

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– Holidays!

This year is coming to an end, a good moment to look back.

We are happy with what we have been able to perform for you in 2019. It has been an intens year full of musical challenges. And we’d like to let you know how much we love your support, enthusiasm and appreciation!

We are looking forward to meeting you again “at the other side” of the coming holidays, for example during our Winter concert in Dochamps on Sunday 26 January 2020? You can order your tickets here.

Happy holidays!

Marijke Persijn

– Five years MaGMa Trio!

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Our MaGMa Trio celebrates its fifth anniversary! Our first Lustrum! We will enjoy this by giving a concert in the church of Dochamps. In the new year. In the winter of January 2020. We hope to welcome all of you on Sunday 26 January 2020 at 16.00 hrs.

Do you still remember what the church looks like? In the time that passed it only has gained beauty through the restauration of the beautiful painting in the choir of the church!

Do you still remember its acoustics? Because of this it has become one of our favourite churches to perform in!

We like to share a video with you of a part of our concert “MaGMa Trio chants Love” which we gave on 7 October 2017 in this Church of Saints Peter-and-Paul of Dochamps. Just to refresh your memory a bit. And because we love the music ourselves as well!

In that programme we brought a cantata by Jean-Bodin de Boismortier (1691-1755): Diane et Actéon.

During our concert “Wintersilence” we once more will pay tribute to this composer by bringing an aria from “L’Hyver / The Winter” from his “Les quatre saisons / The four seasons”. A real winter aria.

Please write the date in your agendas or, even better, immediately reserve your seats through clicking on the poster above!

Hope to see you soon!

Marijke Persijn

– “Winter silence”; our first lustrum!

It is a great pleasure to announce our winter concert, “Winter silence”. This is going to be an extraordinary concert as the MaGMa Trio celebrates its first lustrum; we exist five years now!

The lovely church of Dochamps

It is so good to know that we will be welcomed again in the church of Dochamps in a friendly and warm atmosphere. Like every time when we approach the people responsible, the dean Roger Pascal and Marie-Esther and Patrick have given us a favourable answer to our request to perform a concert in this church. Thank you so much!

The special interior

Already now it is possible to make a reservation for your places. If you click “Tickets” in the French or Dutch menu, the rest is easy!

We are looking forward to welcoming you on Sunday 26 January 2020; we start at 16.00 hrs!

Enjoy the week

Marijke Persijn

– Coffee!

During its concerts in the framework of the BAM! festival 2019 in La Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium, the MAGMA TRIO (Marijke PERSIJN, mezzo-soprano, Marijke VERBEECK, flute and Gérard LAMBERT, organ) performed “Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht”, also known as the “Coffee cantata” by Johann-Sebastian Bach.

The text was about a father (Herr Schlendrian – Mister Stick in the Mud) advising his daughter (Lieschen) to give up coffee, otherwise she would not be able to find a husband. The clever Lieschen then replies that she would just find a husband who would let her have coffee. “Dear Father, do not be so strict!  If I couldn’t, three times a day, be allowed to drink my little cup of coffee, in my anguish I will turn into a shriveled-up roast goat”.

The Coffee Cantata, “Be silent, don’t chatter” (BWV 211), is one of the secular cantata Bach wrote. This cantata reflects the growing popularity of coffee at that time in Leipzig. The Coffee Cantata was probably performed by Collegium Musicum at Gottfried Zimmermann’s coffee house.

Have a pleasant week!

Marijke Persijn

– “Songs of the Ardennes”, last part

It was the first weekend of October that we performed our two concerts during the BAM! festival in La Roche-en- Ardenne. For the last time I’d like to re-introduce the video of the four poems by Jacques Perk, which have been put to music by the Dutch composer Peter Visser and which have experienced their World Premiere during these concerts.

For us, artists as well as all who helped us, it has been an enormous adventure! Of course it was hard work! For the musicians the rehearsals demanded a lot of time and energy for more than six months, we traveled to and from the Netherlands for them; we remember the inspiring discussions between the musicians and the painter Daisy Hoste and with the composer Peter Visser who assisted us so kindly. As far as the organisation part is concerned, we had the reunions with the coordinator of the BAM! festival, with the Mayor and Elderman for Culture of La Roche, with the coordinator of the Action Animation Tourisme of La Roche and the management and staff of the Hotel Floréal. And by telephone with representatives of the Embassy of the Netherlands to Belgium.

Once more we’d like to thank everyone for their enthusiasm and helpfulness!

For a better understanding and perhaps appreciation of these works, I’d like to present the essence of the fourth and last poem as Eric has “translated” it. The poem is called “Dorpsdans”, “The dance of the village”. I’d like to remind you that the video only shows a part of the songs. If you are interested in the entire work, please do contact us!

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Dance of the village

Jacques Perk
1859 – 1881

At the sound of the violin in the vinyard
The youngsters rise to make a dance
Follow the rythm, cheeks like cherries,
Hands touch gently hips nearby.
The old man, standing at the entrance
Observes them kindly with a smile.
Happy with his life as it passes
Happy for the love he sees.

You see paintings made by the artist Daisy Hoste from Enneille/Durbuy, which match so wonderfully with the songs.

I hope you have enjoyed the words, the melody and the atmosphere of the “Songs of the Ardennes”!

Have a nice week!

Marijke Persijn

– “Songs of the Ardennes”, part 3

It was the first weekend of October that we performed our two concerts during the BAM! festival in La Roche-en- Ardenne. Today I’d like to re-introduce the video of the four poems by Jacques Perk, which have been put to music by the Dutch composer Peter Visser and which have experienced their World Premiere during these concerts.

For a better understanding and perhaps appreciation of these works, I’d like to present the essence of the third poem as Eric has “translated” it. The poem is called “De burcht in puin”, “Castle in ruins”. I’d like to remind you that the video only shows a part of the songs. If you are interested in the entire work, please do contact us!

Castle in ruins

Jacques Perk
1859 – 1881

At the castle fireflies announce the end of day
purple shadows embrace the ancient stones
the crickets song echoes from the fallen towers, invites his love to fly to him.
Where once the knights sang loud their songs, just memory of them remains: remember that the past has gone

You see paintings made by the artist Daisy Hoste from Enneille/Durbuy, which match so wonderfully with the songs.

Do enjoy the words, the melody and the atmosphere of the “Songs of the Ardennes”!

Marijke Persijn