Arts-Scène Diffusion

Guillaume Coppola


Dreams of Spain

Piano four hands with Hervé Billaut


After the success of Carmen, Paris is passionate about Spain. On both sides of the Pyrenees, musicians share their tastes for an art imbued with popular traditions.

We chose to build this program around Maurice Ravel, arguably the most Spanish of the French musicians of that time, from the folklore Spain of Chabrier to the more authentic young Falla, it is Paris at the turn of the 20th century. reveals itself in music.


Vincent D'INDY
Seguidilla à l’Alameda de Séville (extract from Sept chants de terroir, op. 73/3)

Two Spanish dances (from the opera La Vida Breve) (transcription for piano 4 hands by Gustave Samazeuilh)

Maurice RAVEL
Spanish rhapsody (original version for piano 4 hands)
Prélude à la nuit

Habanera (extract from Pièces à 4 mains, op. 130/5)
Gitanos, op. 15-2

new Spanish dances , op. 65
I-Allegro ma non troppo
II-Andante con moto
III-Habanera : Allegretto

Gabriel FAURÉ
Le Pas espagnol (extrait de Dolly, Six pièces, op. 56/6)

Emmanuel CHABRIER 
España, rapsody for orchestra (transcription for piano 4 hands by André Messager)


Jean-Luc Clairet,, août 2022

Les quatre mains entremêlées d’Hervé Billaut et Guillaume Coppola
Dès la Seguidilla à l’Alameda de Séville du très docte Vincent d’Indy, le bras gauche de Guillaume Coppola, immiscé entre les deux bras d’Hervé Billaut, donne le la de l’osmose entre les deux artistes de Rêves d’Espagne, (…) De cet enchevêtrement de lignes toujours claires même quand les notes abondent (les glissandi fendent l’atmosphère, les aigus claquent, les graves affichent rondeur et présence), l’agilité digitale des interprètes ressort à chaque fois triomphante.

Rêves d'Espagne

Rêves d'Espagne

Guillaume Coppola et Hervé Billaut
piano four hands

Eloquentia, 2021

Paris, early 20th century. After the success of Carmen, France was fascinated by Spain. On both sides of the Pyrenees, musicians shared a taste for an art form steeped in popular tradition.
The only true Spaniard in this programme, Falla lived in Paris and befriended his French colleagues, notably Ravel, the most Spanish of the French musicians of the time. The latter composed for piano, before transcribing it for orchestra, the first version of his Rhapsodie espagnole, a masterpiece of colour and virtuosity, played in concert by the artists in its two versions for four hands or two pianos. Chabrier, after a stay with his family, wrote to his publisher Lamoureux promising him a piece inspired by his trip that would make the audience stand up and embrace! His España has a postcard feel, as does Fauré's Pas espagnol from Dolly. Mel Bonis, a composer to be rediscovered, delivers a sensual, oriental Habanera and will win a prize with her Gitanos, which is closer to a waltz from the Parisian suburbs to which castanets have been added than to real flamenco, whose harshness is more apparent in Vincent d'Indy's Seguidille, which takes us to the Alameda in Seville. Moritz Moszkowski, a German of Polish origin, has also spent time in Paris, and his touching vision of Spain is halfway between folklore and a nod to Carmen. An album that promises to be festive and rhythmic!


Rêves d'Espagne // Hervé Billaut & Guillaume Coppola



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