Eugène Samuel-Holeman's La jeune fille à la fenêtre is a sung monodrama based on a text by the writer Camille Lemonnier, a major figure in Belgian literature. A contemporary of Debussy and a close friend of Maeterlinck, Samuel-Holeman plunges us into the Belgian fin de siècle, between Symbolism and Modernism. With its subdued tonalities, innovative harmonies and original instrumentation, this lyrical prose bears witness to the emancipation of musical language at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.
A painting of souls steeped in the "tragedy of the mundane", the tragedy of a monotonous life going on smoothly, always the same, this little chamber opera is a remarkable work for the voice it gives to women at the end of the 19th century, through empowerment and emancipation from the male fantasy, to express the reality of their own inner lives.
Eugène Samuel-Holeman (1863-1942), La jeune fille à la fenêtre, lyric prose for mezzo-soprano, harp, horn, oboe and strings (1904)
The visit to the exhibition "JOSEF HOFFMANN: Beyond Beauty and Modernity" is included in the ticket. https://www.artandhistory.museum/en/josef-hoffmann
La Jeune Fille à la fenêtre
Location: Parc du Cinquantenaire, 10, 1000 Bruxelles