The instrumental and vocal ensemble Les Talens Lyriques was founded twenty-five years ago by the harpsichordist and conductor Christophe Rousset. It owes its name to the subtitle of an opera by Rameau: Les Fêtes d’Hébé (1739).
Proponents of a broad vocal and instrumental repertoire ranging from Early Baroque to emerging Romanticism, the musicians of Les Talens Lyriques endeavour to throw light on the great masterpieces of musical history, while providing perspective by presenting rarer or little known works that are important as missing links in the European musical heritage. Its musicological and editorial work is a priority for the ensemble, which has led to its great success with audiences and critics alike.
Since 2007, through an ambitious programme of artistic actions and innovative teaching initiatives, Les Talens Lyriques have been providing an introduction to music for young secondary school pupils.
Playing music digitally
Have you ever dreamed of conducting an orchestra, performing in the heart of a vocal or orchestral ensemble, composing your own variations or playing harpsichord pieces but never had any musical training? t@lenschool is for you!
One-to-one or in a groupe, you too can become a musician! You can download those three apps from the App Store for iPads. They are available free of charge to anyone: music teachers, musical institutions and the general public.
Les Talens Lyriques also train teachers and run introductory sessions at t@lenschool for teachers and cultural mediators. With t@lenschool, digital tools are transforming music education.
t@lenschool is a completely new project for musical discovery and practice for pupils who are not musicians, helped by innovative digital resources. Cutting-edge digital tools (digital tablets containing new applications) are used to promote an entertaining and lively approach to teaching. Every pupil will be taking part in an artistic experience, becoming a contributor to the production of music.
This novel project has been developed in Balzac junior high school (17th Arrondissement of Paris), initially with two hundred pupils, prior to its scaling up. During this preparatory stage, pupils encountering difficulties in their schooling are helping design and develop the new resources. With professional help, they take part in studio recording and the development of the software and graphics for the applications, introducing them to the professions that work with sound, images and information technology. Pupils are thus active in providing input for the definition of an application intended specifically for them.
Participation in this exciting project will help the children gain greater respect for themselves and others, to listen more attentively, to develop a taste for experiment, for discussion and concentration, as well as an ability to accept responsibility.