Matricule 42152: Perfomance at the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris

On the occassion of the exhibition Ecritures Silencieuses the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton invited Cyril de Commarque with the musical experiment he created: Inmate no. 42152. He performed with the cellist Adrian Brendel.

The Cello - Inmate no. 42152
universal process of mourning

After Cyril de Commarque's grandfather was captured in 1943, his cello was abandoned and gradually silenced by the passing of time. With the passing of time, the grain of wooden instruments contract and no longer allow the vibrations of sound to escape. With gentle playing, the wood can be coaxed into releasing this tension and allowing music to be created once again. The once mute instrument slowly returns to life as the process of mourning allows for memory, sound and absence to coalesce. The goal of this performance is to transcend the historical context of the Second World War by conentrating on the universal process of mourning.

Extract of the performance:


Adrian Brendel


Adrian Brendel, Cyril de Commarque