– “Songs of the Ardennes”, part 2

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 second poem as Eric has “translated” it. The poem is called “De forel”, “The trout”. 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!

Do contact us!

The trout

Jacques Perk
1859 – 1881

Look at the trout, appearing from the shadows of the stream
vanishing into the glittering sun.
It jumps and shines by day so bright
drops back into the streaming snow.
As it is captured by the boundaries of water
man lives in the realm of fate
and follows his path, creating fulfillment
finding freedom like nowhere else

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

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