The book



« It was only a prelude. Where they burn books, they will also ultimately burn people. » HEINRICH HEINE Almansor, 1821

This quote reminds us of the importance of books, as an essential element of transmission, wisdom, and access to knowledge. The book is an instrument of intelligence in the service of liberty. Through books – through literature, poetry, history and philosophy – we can all be free and equal.

Live performance, by nature, is ephemeral. After the performance, all that remain are impressions, memories of a theme, a few lights, the steps of a dancer, the timbre of the singer’s voice. Only the written score can preciously guard its secret treasures. To prepare the audience, to arouse its imagination, prolong the emotion of a performance, the book remains the guardian of reinvented time.

As of May 2011, a collection of works has been made available to subscribers, students and the curious. It is an invitation to join in a voyage, across the themes of the season, through the texts of philosophers, poets, writers, historians, artists, whose sole common denominator is the search for an emotion as profound as it is sincere. The choice of texts, often quite arbitrary, does not seek to be exhaustive — an impossible task — nor lay claim to exact scientific precision, nor pretend to offer a complete panorama of the essential works on Italy or Hungary. On the contrary, it is a partisan meandering, a promenade, in the company of a few choice friends, through a landscape that lets us dream, encourages us to reflect, grow older and perhaps a bit wiser, to live more fully.

In June 2011, a book was published on the history of the Italian violin, from its origins to the present day. Eminent specialists, researchers, historians, luthiers and performers participated in its publication. This beautiful book, with its rich illustrations, is destined for music lovers and the general public alike, and will take a place of pride in the libraries of old and young, and anyone eager to know more about this extraordinary instrument, this second human voice.

In this and myriad other ways, the Dijon Opera hopes to participate, albeit modestly, in the construction of a more humanist Europe of culture.

LAURENt joyeux
General & artistic director

Burano, 2 February 2011, 3:35 p.m
©Gilles Abegg-Dijon Opera

UNe seconde voix
humaine, un libre
parcours dans le
violon italien

Approx. 250 pages

Edited by Frédéric Lainé
with contributions from
Anne Penesco, Sylvette
Milliot, Claude Lebet,
Jean-Philippe Echard,
Bernard Gaudfroy,
Renato Meucci, Anne
Houssay, Jean-Philippe

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