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August 21, 2011

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Mozart in the Place Colette

by soundlandscapes

THE PLACE COLETTE IS named after Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, the French novelist and former music hall performer who, amongst other things, wrote Gigi, the novella that was made into the Lerner and Loewe movie starring Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier.

Some time ago, I published a blog piece about the Palais Royal, which stands behind the Place Colette and I featured the sounds of a string orchestra entertaining the crowd there.

On Saturday, on my way to the Galerie Vero-Dodat to collect material for a new blog piece for my series about les passages couverts, I had to cross the Place Colette. Once again, the same string orchestra was playing there.

I couldn’t help stopping to listen … and to record.

Mozart in the Place Colette:

Set against the grandeur of the Comédie Française on one side and the delightful Café Nemours on the other, a little Mozart seemed perfect on this blisteringly hot Saturday afternoon.

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  1. Aug 21 2011

    It sounds like a plastic lense cap falling down at 2:41 followed by the coins jingle, lovely details of everyday life. Also, I can’t decide whether it’s the Paris air or your mics – the recording sounds so airy. Again!

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    • Aug 21 2011

      Thanks Vladimir. It was actually a plastic bottle top falling down but I think the recording is better for it – as you say, ‘details of everyday life’. As for the recording being ‘airy’, I know what you mean and it’s an effect I try to achieve. In making street recordings one has very few tools to work with. One tool that is vitally important though is one’s feet! Getting into just the right place to capture the sound affects the texture of the sound. Sometimes it’s not possible to get the position just right but, in this case, it was and I’m pleased you like the result.

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