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PROVENCE: GEOGRAPHY MATTERS
“Provence” has more efficacy as a "brand" than as a place. One rarely if ever hears any residents of the Vaucluse say that they live in "Provence." The word is heard frequently in its adjectival form: provençal.
As geography, the term "Provence" suffers abuse. The French consider contemporary 'Provence' to take in three administrative department:
Confusion pops up due to the administrative region PACA: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.
When "Provence" is employed for the department of the Var (Toulon, St, Tropez) or the department of the Alpes-Maritime (Côte d'Azur) or even the five departments of the Languedoc-Roussillon, it is the "brand" asserting itself.
This is a regional distinction that Peter Mayle buys into 100% in his book Provence A-Z. In fact, if Mayle had been 'geographically-correct,' his iconic best seller would have been titled "A Year in the Luberon."
The Luberon and the Comtat Venaissin, referred to as the “Comtat,” are the two large regions within the Vaulcuse,
Tag Archives: Music
Ménerbes: A “Pianocktail” With the Mellifluous Voice of Margeaux Lampley, Once of Oakland, California
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From either end of the plain of Apt in the Luberon, the hilltop village of Lacoste appears as a luminous torch in the warm limpid summer nights. Draw nearer to the light and the tip of the flame assumes the … Continue reading
LA ROGUE D’ATHERON INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL: MULTIPLE VENUES IN THE REGION UNTIL AUGUST 22; FIVE EVENINGS IN LOURMARIN
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“MUSIC WITHIN THE VINES”: JULY 16 – AUGUST 6. SEVEN SUBLIME PERFOMANCES IN SEVEN HALCYON VENUES IN THE UPPER VAUCLUSE
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A Norwegian nursery rhyme played by the virtuoso pianist and composer Jean-François Zygel closed out a delightful evening of improvisations and other compositions at the Chapelle Saint-Ferréol. Mr. Zygel, a professor at the Paris Conservatory and the winner of the … Continue reading
The small perched village of Crillon Le Brave offers some of the most serene and tranquil views of the countryside beneath the Mount Ventoux. La Grange Bar at the Hotel Crillon Le Brave, a Relais & Chateau, has a terrace … Continue reading
Basics: On August 9, Maurane performed the songs of the late Claude Nougaro Maurane on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Maurane/11670671330
Three talented pianists will be playing the works of Frédéric Chopin in the garden of the Musée Louis Vouland in Avignon: Tuesday, August 24: Ludovic Selmi Thursday, August 26: Edna Stern Saturday, August 28: Dana Ciocarlie Basics: Dates / Times: … Continue reading