She and He - My Life with Chopin



Pulling the art song genre back into focus for modern audiences, The Parlour is an ensemble made up of singers with a mutual love of sung-storytelling and a passion for dynamic, hybrid performance.

Exploring not just the sound of song but the personal stories that lay behind the lyrics, The Parlour and their guests shine a light on those figures often hidden in the shadows of a composer’s inner world.

The celebrated writer, George Sand, describes her tempestuous romance with Chopin, their travels and the Parisian ‘demi monde’. Along with Pauline Viardot, singer, composer and close friend of Chopin, these two woman, artistic giants of their time, explain to us how exile and nationalism, poetry, art and desire compelled Chopin to write his little know collection of Art Songs.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & The Parlour


Frédéric Chopin
Revolutionary Étude Op. 10 No. 12
Barcarolle Op. 60
Smutna rzeka Op.74, No.3
Śliczny chłopiec

Pauline Viardot
Fleur desséchée
Hai Luli
Bonjour Mon Coeur

Chopin arr. Viardot
Selections from Pauline Viardot arrangements of Chopin’s Berceuse
Chopin’s L’Oiselet