Since ten years, during a September weekend, a local association of volunteers, called Rififi, organizes different festivities in our part of Paris, Batignolles, in general with reference to art and culture, of which the area is rich of references, especially with regard to painters (the future impressionists), poets… You can read about this is several of my previous posts.
This year I decided to follow a homage to one of the best known French 20th century poets, Louis Aragon, admired by many, less by others. The first part took place in a little square in front of a for our area typical 19th century building. In the sun, later the shadow, a wonderful and warm summer afternoon, we could listen to some locals interpreting some of the more well-known poems by Aragon, some of which have been set to music. Names like Georges Brassens, Léo Ferré, Jean Ferrat are definitely linked to Aragon, as composers, interpreters. Two samples below.
We could then follow a fascinating lecture (for almost three hours) by Lucien Maillard, journalist, historian, telling us the life of Aragon, whom he had had the previlege to know during his last years. We got some nice musical interludes. This took place in the beautiful little street Cité des Fleurs (see previous posts).