• Orchestre Eugenie, tradition of french romantic & festive music

    Paris

    The Orchestre Eugénie is a unique ensemble in France that varies from 2 to 8 musicians as required and depending on the venue. It falls within the tradition of salon orchestras intended to accompany the lives of Parisians under the Second French Empire and during the Belle Époque, in their salons and for of cial or private celebrations. It brings together professional mu- sicians who are passionate about the French ro- mantic music that was popular at the time (1850- 1915).

     

    The Orchestre Eugénie is specialised in nding and interpreting French music from the romantic period, namely :

    • Romantic dances, composed for occasions such as balls (waltzes, polkas, gallops, quadrilles), private music events or receptions
    • Works of the Great Repertoire, orchestrated for salon formations to be interpreted at more inti- mate events, such as “at home” (chamber ope- ras, mélodies, compositions of successful sym- phonic and operatic works for smaller groups). 

    Conservation and analysis of a unique repertoire that made Paris “capital of the arts in the 19th century”

    Our ensemble focuses above all on reliving this repertoire of works by French composers. The Second Empire, followed by the Belle Époque in France knew many renowned composers that are hardly ever produced nowadays, despite their great popularity and international reputa- tion at the time. Through research and conser- vation efforts, the Orchestre Eugénie has found this sheet music, and with historical and musical analysis, has been able to restore in a traditional French style.

     

    A unique orchestral sound that is typical of the Belle Époque​
    The Parisian salon orchestra was the most common ensemble of musicians in Parisian sa- lons in the mid-nineteenth century. Its typically Parisian instrumental composition (piano-conducteur, violin(s), cornet, double bass, oboe, cello, percussion) gives the im- pression of a symphonic orchestra in smal- ler, in more intimate places rather than large concert halls.

    The economic boom led to more and more receptions, parties and balls being organised in France, where such orchestras were called upon to provide a quality musical performance in a festive ambiance.

    Hence, the Orchestre Eugénie offers a sound pro le that was typical of Parisian salons between 1850 and 1914.

    NEW: Orchestre Eugénie is now in the elegant city guide

    " Ma Vie à Paris"

    from Astier de Villatte

    " Between 1850 and 1915 grand Parisian townhouses were transformed into private concert rooms, thanks to the trend for salon orchestras. Groups of five to seven musicians, made up of a piano and, depending on circumstances, violins, cellos, cornets, double basses, oboes and percussion, played the hits of the day: great opera arias, trendy melodies and dance numbers. The Orchestre Eugénie has revived this Second Empire tradition and explores an obsolete repertoire that it brings back to life in today’s Parisian salons. The groups are smaller, but the sonic illusion is so effective that you would think you were in the presence of a genuine symphonic orchestra. The tailor-made musical programme can include romantic or cheerful melodies (Plaisir d’amour, Frou Frou), Spanish or Arabic tunes, and wild dances: polkas, waltzes, gallops and quadrilles, not to mention the Offenbach cancan."

     

    Ma Vie à Paris

    Edition Astier de Villatte

    www.astierdevillatte.com

  • The Musicians

    Passion

    Traditional Parisian salon orchestras are com- posed of a basic set of instruments to which more can be added ad libitum.

    The conductor alias le piano conducteur

    Nowadays, English speakers use a terminology of French origin in their musical vocabulary. These terms descended from Parisian “salon” orchestras.

    Marc-Antoine Pingeon is cofounder and piano conductor of the Orchestre de salon Eugénie in the pure french music tradition.

    Distribution

    Violin and violin obligato
    (Alexis Rousseau - Radu Bitica)

     

    Cornet
    (Nicolas Cambon- Judith Amaouche)

     

    Violoncello
    (Anais Reznicek)

     

    Oboe
    (Raphael Cohen - Pierre Makarenko)

     

    Bass
    (Yann Delmas - Marc Bollengier)

     

    Percussions
    (Cédric Kleinklaus)

     

  • Our activities

    We have a goal to connect your cause to the people who care the most.

     

    The diversity of the repertoire and the exibility of traditional Parisian salon orchestras

    enable programming that is adapted to various circumstances

    Concerts

    From french romantic music...

    to the best "viennoiseries" of France

    Public and private performances are regularly scheduled in France, Germany and Switzerland. These concerts are mostly performing pieces from the french romantic repertoire (Opera, french songs, "pièce de genre3). French dance musics from the 19th century - in a viennese style - became our speciality from waltz to the french Cancan. Orchestre Eugenie is definitely performing the best " viennoiseries" of France

    Corporate events, fashion shows, product launch, film music, film performance

    A professional partner for your 19th century music entertainment

    The Orchestra Eugénie, your partner to make your commercial or corporate events an exclusive moment and bring him the concertante touch ranging from the classical repertory to the "Belle Epoque" frivolities. We are at your disposal for artistic, musical advices and create together a unique moment.

    Private concert

    New : Concert @home

    " Si vous ne venez pas au concert, le concert viendra à Vous "

     

    Organize a your private concert with a pianist, a duo, a trio or an entire salon orchestra (5 or 8 musicians). A tailor-made concert @home is an extreme refinement for your private and exclusive receptions. Try a "Salons parisiens" like the ones evoked by Marcel Proust.

    Receptions, ceremonies, ball

    Your Partner for corporate events and ceremonies

    The Orchestra Eugenie is the right partner for public or private institutions wishing to give a special solemnity to events or ceremonies. Thanks to its musical research and its background of historical scores, the Eugénie Orchestra remains the privileged partner to give a special shine to your reception.

    Religious music, advent Vigils, mass

    Religious music of the 19th century is also part of our repertory. Orchestre Eugénie accompanies mass, advent Vigils, religious ceremonies as well as meditative or spiritual offices.

     

    Example : messe brève from Charles Gounod, messe brève from Léo Delibes

  • Notre Mission

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    1 October 2017

    FESTIVAL - Les Fresques Musicales

    Music @ Fontainebleau castle

    2 pm : introduction to the concert

    "les spectacles sous le Second Empire" by Jean Claude Yon

     

    3 pm : Festive music during the french Second Empire

    Pieces from Camille Saint-Saëns, Isaac Strauss, Olivier Métra,

    Emile Waldteufel performed by the Orchestre Eugénie

     

    More information here

  • Audio sample and radio shows

    Keep calm ... and listen to Orchestre Eugénie

     Photo credit: Leonardo Flaiban via Visual hunt / CC BY-ND

    You Tube channel

    Orchestre Eugénie

     

     

    Photo credit: Robert Bejil Productions via VisualHunt / CC BY

    Radio broadcast - March 2015

    France Musique - " Etonnez-moi Benoît "

    Broadcast each staurday at 11:00 am and presented by

    Benoît Duteurtre

    Orchestre Eugénie invited by Benoît Duteurtre show's on the french national radio

    Photo credit: Robert Bejil Productions via VisualHunt / CC BY

    Radio broadcast - 17. February 2016

    Classique Vous avez dit classique?

    Radio show dedicated to the Orchestre Eugénie and the Waldteufel dynasty

    Photo credit: Robert Bejil Productions via VisualHunt / CC BY

    Radio broadcast - 4. January 2017

    Classique Vous avez dit classique?

    Radio broadcast dedicated to the composer Emile Waldteufel. Several pieces from Emile Waldteufel are broadcasted especially Les Sauterelles (polka pizzicato) performed by Orchestre Eugénie

    Photo credit: Robert Bejil Productions via VisualHunt / CC BY

    Radio broadcast - 5. February 2017

    On connaît la chanson?- Festive music for the chinese new year

    Radio China International broadcasted large parts of our festive concert "Musique festive du Second Empire".

    This exclusive concert has been programmed in addition to the successful exhibition "Spectaculaire Second Empire" at the Musée d'Orsay (September 2016 until January 2017) and presents official festive musics at the Court of Napoleon III.

  • Recording

    Musiques parisiennes de salon

    Pieces from Léon et Emile Waldteufel


    - Toujours fidèle,
    Waltz Charles Emile Waldteufel
    - Clarisse,
    polka caractéristique from Charles Emile Waldteufel
    - Jeu d'esprit,
    polka from Charles Emile Waldteufel
    - Aglaé,
    Waltz from Léon Waldteufel
    - Les Sauterelles,
    polka from Charles Emile Waldteufel
    - Prestissimo,
    galop from Charles Emile Waldteufel
    - Estudiantina,
    Waltz from Charles Emile Waldteufel

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    orchestreugenie@gmail.com

     

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  • Contact us

    6 avenue Claude Vellefaux
    75010 PARIS
    0033 (0)1 77 17 12 63