The six books in competition for the 2018 Prix de la Ville de Deauville. The winner will be known on March 24 and the prize will be awarded on Saturday April 14 during the Festival.

Maestro - Mercury of France
"It is so much joy, these first three chords which make my whole room resonate, the phrasing which flies away, the triplets which slide and which take me with them beyond the garden, the score bordered by a border green, baroque. Above, we read the name of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This name, I repeat in my head, it only makes one and very long word, hard to say, like Azay-le-Rideau. Volfgangamadéoussemozare, Volfgangamadéoussemozare. "
At nine, Cécile discovers the music of Mozart, and it is a revelation. Some children invent imaginary friends, others worship fictional characters. For little Cécile, the greatest hero is called Mozart! She loves him without sharing and like a god.
Become a journalist, Cécile's passion remains intact. She now has an intimate knowledge of Mozart's work. The day she has to interview a renowned conductor, she does not know that her life will change. At the end of the line, the voice of the maestro disturbs him as had disturbed and bewitched the music of Mozart years before ... But do we fall in love with a voice, even that of a great maestro?
Maestro is the first novel by Cécile Balavoine.

Erik Satie's umbrellas - Joëlle Losfeld Editions
In 1901, Erik Satie was thirty-four years old. Without resources and without professional future, he abandons Montmartre and the Auberge du Chat Noir for a sordid suburban room where, wedged between two out of tune pianos and fourteen identical umbrellas, he drinks as much, or more, than he composes. Critical observer of his contemporaries, the man portrayed by Stéphanie Kalfon is also a brilliant and whimsical creator: he condemns the lack of originality of the musical society of the time, and his refusal of the rules earned him the incomprehension and the rejection of his teachers at the Conservatory.

A love of a Thousand Years - Gallimard
Sen-nen - Japanese first name whose meaning will not be revealed until late - is married to Mathilde, a Frenchwoman. A former professor of French literature at a university in Tokyo, Sen-nen now lives in Paris with his wife, suffering from a serious illness which forces him to keep the room. Both music lovers, they got to know each other during a music workshop in France. Long before that, in Paris, Sen-nen had met the capital of a singer, Clémence, who sang Suzanne in Les Noces de Figaro. Dazzled, he had attended all the performances and had become friends with her. Years later, when he lost sight of her, he received a message from Clémence: Les Noces are given back to the Opera, in the original staging which she is responsible for supervising. Mathilde lets her husband meet the past, for a long conversation in which music and love will take center stage.

In this garden we loved - Grasset
The Reverend Simeon Pease Cheney is the first modern composer to have noted all the songs of the birds which he had heard, during his ministry, come and chirp in the garden of his cure, during the years 1860-1880.
He noted down to the drops of the poorly closed water supply in the watering can on the pavement of his yard.
He transcribed to the peculiar sound made by the coat rack in the corridor when the wind rushed into the trench coats and the pilgrims in winter.
I was bewitched by this strange presbytery suddenly become audible, and I began to be happy in this garden obsessed with the love that this man had for his disappeared wife.

The spouses' room - Gallimard
Nicolas, in his forties, is a music composer. One day, his wife Mathilde learns that she has a serious breast cancer that requires intense chemotherapy. As Nicolas prepares to leave his work behind to take care of her, Mathilde urges her to finish the symphony he has started. She tells him that she needs to enroll her forces in a joint fight. Nicolas, transfigured by this vital issue, plays Mathilde every evening, on the piano, in their bedroom, the husband's room, the symphony he writes to help him heal.
Inspired by what he himself experienced with his wife while he was writing his novel Cinderella ten years ago, Éric Reinhardt delivers here a striking meditation on the power of beauty, art and love, which can literally save lives.

Show me your hands - Grasset
"My hands, I'm willing to show them to you. White, venous, nothing extraordinary. "
It is with the modesty of great artists that Alexandre Tharaud, flagship pianist of his generation, tells us about his profession. Memory after memory, he gives us his doubts, his deep convictions, his most intimate habits.
What are the differences between Bach and Ravel, in contact with the public? Between the box of the Symphony Hall in Boston and that of the Musikverein in Vienna? Between the public of Tokyo and that of Paris? What is the feeling of the keys under the fingers?
Over the answers appears a man who devotes every measure of the score of his life - each note, each silence, each sigh - to music.


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