Voyage to the Land of Tenderness
Music of Gabriel Pierné, Sam Davis, Robert Muczynski, CPE Bach,
and the New York premiere of
Richard Faith's Quintet
Chamber Music
With Harp
February 23 2009, 8 pm
"Fourth Mondays"
admission $15/$10
Holy Trinity
Lutheran Church
Central Park West/65th St
New York, NY
Follow a musical map into the Land of Tenderness, an allegorical
journey from Madeliene de Scudéry's 17th-century novel,
La
Clélie
. Trace the river Inclination past the villages of Protective
Care, Tenderness, Trusting Friendship, Respect, Love Letters.
Beware of Lake Indifference and the Sea of Enmity.
Pierné: Voyage au Pays du Tendre
Sam Davis: Elegy
Robert Muczynski: Duos, Op. 24
CPE Bach:
Sonata in G Major, "Hamburg"
Richard Faith: Quintet
audio clips:
Pierné: Oxalys ensemble,
Fuga Libera FL511
Davis: New Voices Cello Project ensemble, premiere performance
Faith: University of Arizona ensemble, premiere performance
One of the most celebrated of the allegorical shadow-
lands of the romancist is "Le Pays de Tendre," or Land of
Tenderness, created by Mademoiselle de Scudéry, and
minutely described in her "Clélie." Sister Clélie is
supposed to be explaining a map of it to the Princesse
des Léontins:

"The first town, here at the bottom of the map, is New
Friendship. As the feeling of tenderness may arise from
either one of three different causes — esteem, gratitude,
or inclination, the inhabitants, under Clélie's directions,
have erected three towns of Tenderness, on three
different rivers, each with a separate name, and have
devised three different ways of approaching them. So that
as men say Cuniac-on-the-Ionian-Sea, and Cumac-on-
the-Tyrrhenian, the people of 'Le Pays de Tendre' say
Tenderness-upon-Inclination, Tenderness-upon-
Esteem, and Tenderness-upon-Gratitude." Nevertheless,
as Clélie took it for granted that the Tenderness which
springs from Inclination needs nothing else to make it
what it is, she has not planted any village along the
banks of this delightful river, whose current carries you
with indescribable swiftness from Friendship to
Tenderness. But when you go to Tenderness-upon-
Esteem, the case is different; and, accordingly, Clélie has
ingeniously established on the route as many villages as
there are things great and small which may help to
develop from Esteem, the Tenderness here indicated.
Thus you will perceive that from New Friendship you first
proceed to a place called Great Intelligence, because it is
this which usually kindles into life the earliest sparks of
Esteem. Next, in succession, you observe the three
pleasant villages of Pretty-Rhymes, Billet-Galant, and
Billet-Doux, which mark the most common operations of
Great Intelligence in the early stages of Friendship.
Afterwards, to expedite your progress by this route, you
Charles Dickens: "About Some Allegorical Books"
from ALL THE YEAR ROUND: A WEEKLY JOURNAL
No. 43, Saturday, October 26, 1889
pass through Sincerity, Large-Heartedness, Probity,
Generosity, Respect, Exactitude, and Goodness, which
last lies close by Tenderness. After this, you must return
to New Friendship, in order to survey the road which
leads to Tenderness-upon-Gratitnde. Here observe that
the first stage takes you to Complaisance. Next, to a little
village named Submission; and then to a charming one,
at no great distance, called Little Attentions ("Petits
Soins"); whence you proceed to Assiduity, and to yet
another village, named Earnestness ("Empressement");
and so on to Great Services, which, in order to indicate
how few people render them, is represented as the
smallest of all Afterwards, your road leads to Sensibility;
to Obedience; and, finally, to Constant Friendship, which
is, no doubt, the safest way to reach the desired goal of
Tenderness-upon-Gratitude.

But as there is no road from which one cannot stray,
Clélie has so contrived it that if any bound for New
Friendship deviate ever so little on either hand, they will
get into difficulties. If, on starting from Great
Understanding, they turn aside to Negligence, and,
afterwards, continuing in the same direction, go on to
Inequality, thence to Lukewarmness, to Levity, and to
Forgetfulness, they will find themselves, not at
Tenderness-upon-Esteem, but at the Lake of
Indifference, whose tranquil waters exactly represent the
feeling, or want of feeling, after which it is named. On the
other hand, if, on setting out from New Friendship, they
turn a little to the left, and wander on to Indiscretion, to
Perfidy, to Pride, to Slander or to Malice, they would find
themselves, not at Tenderness-upon-Gratitude, but at the
Sea of Enmity, where all vessels make shipwreck. The
River Inclination falls into the Sea Dangerous; beyond
which lie the "Terrae Incognitas," or Unknown Lands, so
called because we really know nothing about them!
Legacy Duo
Emily Mitchell, harp and Margaret Swinchoski, flute
with
Ed Matthew, clarinet
Kurt Coble, violin
Carlene Stober, cello