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When I play the viola
I’m an “Esperado”
Like a robust toreador
Winner of a big beautiful bull.

The instrument is not easy
But always obedient
And the hand has to be agile
For the fingers to be exact
Fairness is on the edge
On the verge of danger
This work is hard.

When I was four, friend
I’d already chosen you
My father told me
You were so pretty.

I’ve never regretted
The good choice I’d made
And thanks to my will
Despite your malice,
I’ll do this great job!

All of a sudden, a few minutes later, my friend, Carolyne Schuster, a famous French- American organist, and also Alexandre’s godmother, asked to talk with me on the phone. We studied musicology together at the university and prepared our PhD at the “Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes de Paris”. Then we created the “Pro Angelis Duo” (organ and viola). Carolyne didn’t know about my heart disease: as I was home, I asked Florence not to tell anyone about it. She told she thought of me about a big project. Her friend, Professor Felician Rosca, would like to plan concerts for his all-new “Timergelfest International Music Festival” in Timisoara in Romania. Through her, he asked me to play with him Michael Haydn’s “Double Concerto for Organ and Viola”. It was a challenge! Felician and Carolyne are both passionate by their projects. They found a music sheet of this unknown, never played work. They asked me to write the two “Cadences” which didn’t exist. The musicless moment for the orchestra when the solists play to show their gift and skills of interpretation.


This is an extract from the translation in English of the book «Death will wait» written by Michel Hilger and Gilbert Bordes. For further information about the book, consult this page.
The translation of the book has been completed with the work of Audrey Rameau. The English version is not yet available for sale, waiting for the authorization of the publisher.
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