Stream Now: a Musical Mission in Greece

The story of Louis-Albert Bourgault-Ducoudray (1840-1910) is brought to life through the Greek folk music he loved, in musical.





A Shepardess I Loved…

As part of their tribute to the 2021 bicentennial of the Greek Revolution, the Greek National Opera will be live streaming “A Shepardess I Loved…,” a musical created by composer Yannis Skourletis and conductor Markellos Chryssicos based on the story of Louis-Albert Bourgault-Ducoudray (1840-1910) described in his “Memories from a musical mission in Greece and the East.”

Louis-Albert Bourgault-Ducoudray was a philhellene and musician who was inspired by the folk music he experienced on his travels in Greece. In 1876, he published a collection of music titled “Thirty folk melodies from Greece and the East,” a work that would lay the ground for a national music school in the country. The musical, filmed earlier this year at the French School of Athens, where Bourgault-Ducoudray spent time in the winter of 1875, just before the publication of the work, sees him walking around the garden of the school, recollecting memories from his musical journey in the country.

“Classical and street musicians, figures from the Byzantine tradition, and romantic memories will recompose the young traveler’s exotic experience, while showcasing the constant and active dialogue between the East and the West. Α testament to all this will be the original Érard piano, which he himself gave to the French School of Archaeology a few years after his journey and which still stands in its large lounge to this day,” reads the description from GNO TV, the National Opera’s online initiative, where the musical will be streamed for free from November 16th until December 31st.

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