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Peter François, The Belgian School of Cello Playing. De Belgische Celloschool. L’Ecole belge du Violoncelle

Halle, Servais Society, 2017
200 p., 102 ill. – ISBN: 9789078897064

Since the nineteenth century, Belgium has produced many cellists that have made themselves heard worldwide. The most famous one is François Servais, the ‘Paganini of the Cello’. But there are many other cellists who have also helped shape what came to be known as the ‘Belgian School of Cello Playing’.

With a chapter dedicated to Eric Feldbusch (1922-2007) by Jean Paul Feldbusch.

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Peter François, Servais, fils de l’harmonie! De familie Servais en de Halse Harmonie

Halle, Koninklijke Harmonie Sinte-Cecilia, 2015
178 p., 141 ill. – ISBN: 9789090058290

On the occasion of the 225th anniversary of the Halle wind orchestra Peter François describes the close link between the orchestra and the Servais family. The Halle cellist François Servais is one of the most prominent virtuosi of the 19th century, who was appreciated for his artistic talents all over Europe. Yet, he always used to return to his native town. From his early youth till his death he had good contacts with the Halle wind orchestra, presumably first as a musician and conductor, afterwards as an honorary member and a president. Also his father and sons were acquainted with the orchestra. The author, himself a historian and musicologist, drew on twelve years of research in the records and so was able to lay bare some fascinating and unknown facts.

Actually the case of the Halle wind orchestra is also indirectly useful for the study of the history of the Belgian amateur music associations in general. In this context the book reveals the close contacts there were between the wind orchestra and the church orchestra, which was also the case in numerous other towns and parishes. Another finding concerns the cooperation between the band and the town authorities in Halle and other places as well. The numerous samples of 19th century concert programmes prove the repertories and above all the concerts themselves to have been devised quite differently as compared with the present time. Particularly striking is the fact that a music association is an instance of collaboration of people – musicians, the conductor, the management and the audience, year after year.

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François Servais, 6 Etudes for Cello and Piano or 2nd Cello
edited by Peter C. Dzialo

Halle, Servais Society, 2013. Introduction by Peter François.
44 + 24 + 12 pages.

After a hundred years the Servais Society publishes a new edition of Servais’ Etudes, which have remained virtually unknown but are absolutely worthwhile. They can be played with piano as well as cello accompaniment. Not only do these Etudes prove very suitable as exercises, they are also highly enjoyable pieces of music for concert performances.

Download the introduction and Etude nr. 1, ‘Marche pour la Procession de Hal’: click here.
Download some sample pages: click here.

€ 18 (excl. postage)

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Souvenir. Festival Servais 2007

Halle, Servais Society, 2008

The DVD shows the anniversary concert by Seeli Toivio, cello, Kalle Toivio, piano, Alexander Hülshoff, cello, and Friedemann Eichhorn, violin, on June 6, 2007 in the Halle basilica.

You can listen to and look at their performance of Souvenir de SpaO Cara Memoria and Duo sur une mélodie de Dalayrac by Servais, Liebestraum by Franz Liszt, the allegro moderato from the Arpeggione Sonata by Franz Schubert and an excerpt from the Variations brillantes sur l’air God Save the King by Servais and Joseph Ghys.

The academic ceremony – with speeches by Peter François, Anner Bijlsma, Dirk Pieters, Ernest Vanderlinden and Geert Bourgeois – and the popular festival on the same day are also extensively covered.

The bonus track on the DVD shows images of the Servais Walk and sketches in the Halle dialect by members of Toneelgroep Volharding and KWB Toneel de Linde Lembeek.

€ 15 € 10 (excl. postage)

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Souvenir. Festival Servais 2007

Halle, Servais Society, 2008

This CD combines compositions by Servais which were performed in three Servais Concerts: May 4, June 6 and September 21, 2007. The CD ends with a composition by Peter Swinnen commissioned by the Servais Society as a tribute to Servais.

  • Fantaisie Burlesque {ou le Carnaval de Venise} – Opus 9
    La Romanesca
    Viviane Spanoghe, cello and André De Groote, piano
    Studio recording (Peter Swinnen and Svetlana Prokopyeva)
  • O Cara Memoria, Fantaisie et Variations – Opus 17
    Seeli Toivio, cello and Kalle Toivio, piano
    Live recording (Klara), concert in Halle in June 6,2007
  • Duo sur une Mélodie de Dalayrac
    Seeli Toivio, cello, Alexander Hülshoff, cello and Kalle Toivio, piano
    Live recording (Klara), concert in Halle in June 6,2007
  • Grande Fantaisie sur des motifs de l’Opéra Lestocq – Opus 12
    Luc Tooten, cello and Stéphane De May, piano
    Studio recording (Yannick Willox)
  • Souvenir de l’Île de Koch – Peter Swinnen
    Viviane Spanoghe, cello
    Studio recording (Peter Swinnen and Svetlana Prokopyeva)

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Adrien François Servais 1807-1866

Halle, Servais Society, 2007

This CD contains for the first time two compositions by Servais in the version for cello and orchestra.

  • O cara memoria. Fantaisie et Variations – opus 17
    Seeli Toivio, cello – Uusinta Chamber Orchestra 
    Eva Ollikainen, conductor – Maria Puusaari, concertmaster
    Live recording by students of the Sibelius Academy: Temple Church, Helsinki (Finland) – May 15, 2006
  • La Fille du Régiment. Fantaisie et Variations – opus 16
    Seeli Toivio, cello – Uusinta Chamber Orchestra
    Eva Ollikainen, conductor – Maria Puusaari, concertmaster
    Live recording by students of the Sibelius Academy: Temple Church, Helsinki (Finland) – May 15, 2006
  • Fantaisie et Variations brillantes sur la Valse de Schubert
    intitulée Le Désir
     – opus 4
    Jan Skopowski, cello – Julien Libeer, piano
    Live recording by Jan Ophalvens – CC ’t Vondel, Halle – November 26, 2006
  • Variations brillantes et concertantes sur l’air “God Save the King”
    A.F. Servais & Joseph Ghys
    Alexander Hülshoff, cello – Friedemann Eichhorn, viool
    Studio recording by Ralf Kolbinger: Driefaltigkeitskirche, Speyer (Germany) March 26, 2007

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Peter François, Ah! Le métier de donneur de concerts!
Adrien François Servais (1807-1866) als rondreizend cellovirtuoos.

Halle, Servais Society, 2007 (192 p., numerous full color illustrations). ISBN: 9789078897019

Peter François investigates the phenomenon of the travelling virtuoso in view of Servais’ career: preparation and course of a concert tour, salary, repertoire, reception by press and public, position in the European music world.

This book contains a summary in English of a few pages, which points out the most interesting things that were revealed in the publication (which is based on thorough research all over the world). The publication also contains a number of lists and illustrations which are self-explaining, and a lot of quotations in English, French and German.

To consult some pages from the book, click here.

€ 10 (excl. postage)

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Peter François, Adrien François Servais 1807-2007.
Halse cellist met wereldfaam.

Catalogue of the exhibition in Halle, May 5 – June 6, 2007
Halle, Servais Society, 2007 (128 p.), ISBN: 97897078897026

Illustrated catalogue with English summary. The bicentenary of Servais birth was the ideal opportunity for a first big exposition showing the results of recent scientific research in archives all over the world. The exposed material comes mainly from the collection of the Servais Society and the Zuidwestbrabants Museum in Halle, completed with reproductions and loans from almost fifty archives and libraries all over the world. All items are described in full length in the catalogue, which is richly illustrated.

To consult some pages from the catalogue, click here.

€ 5 (excl. postage)

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