White Night 2020: electro music at the Collège des Bernardins

Published by Elodie D. · Published on 1 October 2020 at 23h40
For the White Night 2020, the Collège des Bernardins opens its 70m nave and turns the music on. But not any kind of music since it will be electro music from the 1950's to the 1980's by Olivier Messiaen, Karlheinze Stockhausen and Pierre Henry that will be presented in the night of October 3, 2020.

Once again, the Collège des Bernardins takes part in the White Night and we are simply delighted! We must say that the building, from 1248 is based on the architectural model of Cistercian abbeys.

This establishment – current link between the Church and the contemporary society – welcomes the Faculté de théologie de l’Ecole Cathédrale [School of Theology of the Cathedral School] and hosts public events such as debates, exhibitions and concerts in a splendid setting: a magnificent nave covering 70m long, and 14m wide, and circa 6m high.

After a proposition from Stéphane Perraud taking us to a forest back in 2019, the place offers us 13 electro music classics from the 1950's to the 1980's, to listen while roaming around the place:

  • Edgard Varèse (1883-1965)
    Poème électronique (1957-1958)

  • Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
    Timbres-Durées (1952-1953)

  • Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001)
    Concret PH (1958)

  • György Ligeti (1923-2006)
    Artikulation (1958)

  • Luigi Nono (1924-1990)
    Ricorda cosa ti hanno fatto in Auschwitz (1966)

  • Pierre Henry (1927-2017)
    Messe pour le temps présent (1967), in partnership with Michel Colombier, ordered by Maurice Béjart
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007)
    Gesang der Jünglinge (1955-1956)

  • François Bayle (1932-)
    Rien n’est réel (2009/2010)

  • Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020)
    Psalmus (1961)

  • John Chowning (1934-)
    Stria (1972-1977)

  • Jean-Claude Risset (1938-2016)
    Mutations (1969)

  • Jean-Claude Eloy (1938-)
    Shanti/Prémonitions (1973)
  • Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012)
    Mortuos plango, vivos voco (1980)

Free of charge, the event runs until 3 in the morning.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
On 3 October 2020
From 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.



    20 rue de Poissy
    75005 Paris 5


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