From Ushant Island to Armenia
Florentine Mulsant

From Ushant Island to Armenia

Florentine Mulsant

Label: Ar Re Se
Format: CD
Barcode: 3760067550265
Catalog number: AR 20171
Releasedate: 02-06-17
- A portrait of French composer Florentine Mulsant

- Most of the pieces were recorded at 2016 Festival d'Ouessant, the only one musical festival entirely devoted to women's musical works.

The musical style of Florentine Mulsant (born in 1962) is part of a search of creative freedom which combines, beyond any dogma, some influences coming from neo-serialism, a large place given to the melodic line and a real taste for the harmonic color, which join the lineage of the XXth century musical French School, from Claude Debussy to Henri Dutilleux. The present CD, D’Ouessant à Erevan (From Ouessant to Erevan), which is the result of a concert given during the Festival Musiciennes à Ouessant in 2016 and of a recording of the Suite for string orchestra op. 42 realized in Armenia, shows the composer’s large expressive and creative palette.

The Variations for flute and piano op. 11 (1995) employ clearly the virtuosity of the musicians, with a constant interest of intervallic coherence, in a musical airy texture which does not deny either the lightness or an underlying depth of the subject.

The Vocalise for alto solo op. 53 (2014) is written in three linked sections which combines technical virtuosity, lyricism, intensity and perfect knowledge of the expressive possibilities of the instrument.

Composed for a rare instrumental staff (clarinet, violin, cello and piano), the "In Jubilo" Quartet op. 22 (1999, revised in 2002) proposes, during his three sections, some amazing sound meetings, which take us form the most brilliant joy to a mysterious and dreamy atmosphere.

In the Suite for solo cello op. 41 (2012) are perceptible the influences of Johann Sebastian Bach and Benjamin Britten. The work is marked by an intense emotion, because the main motive is built on the notes D – A – C – F, corresponding to the first name PAUL, son of the composer, who died in 2011, and whose luminous presence shines during the five sections of the work.

The Suite for string orchestra op. 42 (2012) is written in a lighting atmosphere and exposes, during his five contrasting movements, a large expressive and full of colors palette, always supported by a real cohesion of the thematic and intervallic material. 

Born in 1962, Florentine Mulsant studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris the traditional disciplines (harmony, counterpoint, fugue, analysis and orchestration) and at the Schola Cantorum, where she won the 1st Prize in composition in 1987 with Allain Gaussin. she followed the instructions of Franco Donatoni at Academia Chigiana in Siena (Italy) and perfected with Alain Bancquart.

From 1991 to 1998, she was teaching harmony and counterpoint at the University of Paris IV- Sorbonne. In 2011, she won the Nadia and Lili Boulanger Prize from the Académie des Beaux-Arts.

Winning many international competitions of composition, many of her works are commissioned and performed by great soloists and orchestras (Lise de la Salle, Quatuor Debussy, Quatuor Manfred, Quatuor Terpsycordes, Vahan Mardirossian, Laure Favre Kahn, Lyonel Schmit, Hélène Schmitt, Henri Demarquette, Raphael Pidoux, Boris Andrianov, Florent and Frédéric Audibert, Laurent Korcia, Anne Queffélec, Romain Leleu, Lise Berthaud, Adam Laloum, Ensemble Sequenza 9.3, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio- France, Orchestre Colonne, Orchestre National d’Île-de-France, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Orchestre National de Chambre d'Arménie, Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, Orchestre National de Caen, Orchestre Philharmonique de Trêves) and in major international festivals in France (Festival d'Auvers-sur-Oise, Festival d'Ambronay, Festival Cello Fan, Festival Musiciennes à Ouessant, Festival Présences, Festival Radio-France Montpellier), Germany (Beethoven Festival in Bonn), Switzerland, United States, in Taiwan and Chile. The French music label Triton included one of her compositions on the CD Musique Française au Féminin. In 2007 the label Ar Re-Se published a monographic CD with her chamber music works with the Cello Sonata op. 27 played by Henri Demarquette. In 2011 she was awarded to the Prix Nadia et Lilli Boulanger of the Académie des Beaux- Arts.

Her discography includes a CD of chamber music (Ar Ré-Sé, 2007), a contribution to the CD Musique Française au féminin (Ensemble Latitudes, Triton, 2012) and the First String Symphony and the 24 Preludes for piano (Maestria, 2013). In 2016 were published her three Fantaisies op. 48 for violin and harp (Animato) and her Sonata for double bass and piano op. 52 (Triton).

In 2015, she is appointed as Composer in Residence at Marseille National Conservatory. From 2013 to 2016, she was the Vice President of the Symphonic Music Commission in the SACEM.

If she is influenced by the French School of the 20th century, particularly Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Olivier Messiaen and Henri Dutilleux, Florentine Mulsant’s musical style is characterized by a great expressiveness, a real freedom in language and the clarity of the musical form.