Mathilde Gomas


solo music &
readings in French
45 minutes or
60 minutes with a break

As much as I'd like to make a difference in the world and use music (early or not) to convey important & meaningful messages, it would be a misconception to forget what music primarily does to most of us: a kind of meditation, a wordless language that we relate to, without really knowing how, some pleasant sounds to accompany or facilitate reflection – a daydream.

J.-J. Rousseau describes his last opus, "Rêveries du promeneur solitaire" ("Reveries of the solitary walker"), as 'a faithful record of my solitary walks & the reveries which fill them, when I let my head entirely free, and my ideas follow their slope without resistance or hindrance. These hours of solitude and meditation are the only hours of the day when I know myself fully and without diversion, without obstacle, & where I can truly say that I am what nature intended'.

The program Resveries is a personal selection of excerpts from Rousseau's text, enhanced by some carefully chosen pieces for viol by Demachy, Marais, Caix d'Hervelois, Forqueray.
Although we won't be talking about feminism or climate change, let us be surprised by Rousseau's insights on looking at nature, finding inner peace, dealing with society, human condition and love.