– “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

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