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Chercheurs d'orgues

Canadian Premiere

Chercheurs d’orgues

Bernard Foccroulle, Pascale Bouhenic

France | 2022 | 1 h 30 min
French, German, Italian |
Subtitles: French
Travel through time in this fascinating musical saga. Tracing the history of the organ, this documentary goes in search of Europe’s most extraordinary instruments, from the Baroque jewels with electronic keyboards, to the twins in the Spanish church of Lerma, to the wooden masterpiece in Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark, to the venerable models in the French Cavaillé-Coll factory. With musical interludes, organists and organ builders provide fascinating insights into the construction, evolution, and diversity of these powerful and complex instruments.
Also presented:
ARTE, France and Germany (2022)
Director Pascale Bouhenic, Bernard Foccroulle
Author Pascale Bouhenic, Bernard Foccroulle
Editing Susana Kourjian, Anouk Zivy
Voice Anne-Lise Heimburger
Sound Laurent Herniaux, Olivier Millo
Cinematography Raphaël O'Byrne
Graphic Creation Jean-Baptiste Delorme
Other Lea Torreadrado

In Partnership with


• Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
Saturday, march 18, 2023, 03:45 p.m. — 05:45 p.m.
• Cinéma du Musée - Auditorium Maxwell-Cummings
Sunday, march 19, 2023, 08:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.


Bernard Foccroulle

Bernard Foccroulle

Bernard Foccroulle was born in Liège (Belgium) in 1953. He began his international career as an organist in the mid-s70s, playing a wide range of repertoire from Renaissance to Contemporary Music. He has performed many world premieres of composers such as Philippe Boesmans, Brian Ferneyhough, Betsy Jolas, Xavier Darasse, Jonathan Harvey, Pascal Dusapin; at the same time he recorded masterworks of the organ repertoire, from Francisco Correa de Arauxo to Charles Tournemire, from Heinrich Scheidemann to Dietrich Buxtehude.
As a composer, Bernard Foccroulle has written works for soprano and orchestra (Am Rande der Nacht after Rilke), for baritone and chamber music ensemble (Due after De Luca…), for soprano, baritone and chamber music ensemble (E vidi quattro stelle after Dante’s Purgatorio), soprano and piano (Quatre mélodies d’après Verlaine). Zauberland, a cycle of melodies for soprano and piano on poems by Martin Crimp has been premiered at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris in April 2019, staged by Katie Mitchell. This production has been touring to Weimar, London (Royal Opera House), New York (Lincoln Center), Opéra de Lille and La Monnaie (Brussels)… He has also composed a cycle of pieces for historic organs (CD AEON, Diapason d’Or 2016). He is Doctor Honoris Causa of the Montréal University and Aix-Marseille Université.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
Pascale Bouhenic

Pascale Bouhenic

Available in French only

Spécialiste du film d’art, particulièrement des XIXe et XXe siècle sur lesquels elle propose toujours des lectures d’une grand modernité, Pascale Bouhenic est notamment la réalisatrice pour ARTE de Gustave Doré, de l’illustrateur à l’artiste”, de James Tissot, l’étoffe d’un peintre”, de Jean de La Fontaine, l’homme qui aimait les Fables” et de Chercheurs d’orgues”. Pour France 5, elle réalise Guillaume Apollinaire, l’élan créateur” et Le dernier Monet, les Nymphéas et l’Amérique”. Par ailleurs, elle a mené une série de documentaires (14 films) avec les plus grands historiens de l’art contemporain (“Un oeil, une histoire”).

Biographical notes provided by the film production team

In the same sessions

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Saturday, march 18, 2023, 03:45 p.m.

Cinéma du Musée - Auditorium Maxwell-Cummings

Sunday, march 19, 2023, 08:00 p.m.

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