Alain, how do you approach a project like this?
Well, I must admit it all happened quite quickly. The club gave me plenty of encouragement and support right from the start, by giving me some indications as to what they wanted in terms of emotion and music. Sometimes it can be difficult to find the words to express musical colours, but we straight away understood each other, and I have to say I very much enjoyed working on the project.
Can you describe the piece for us?
The players’ entrance required an orchestral piece of music, something evoking power, expressing both strength and courage. That’s the heroic image I wanted to convey. I also wanted to include a little reference to the Monegasque anthem, which I rearranged slightly and which you can hear twice in this piece if you listen carefully. I wanted to have a real, unifying Monegasque identity, an uplifting piece to bring players and fans together.
Do you have a special affinity with AS Monaco?
Yes of course, I have a lot of affection for Monaco’s football team. My grandfather regularly took me and my cousin to see games at the Stade Louis II. That was where I saw my first game. Those are very strong, unforgettable memories… I’ve also played for the Monaco U10s, but I must admit I wasn’t very good!
Have you heard your composition played live at the stadium yet?
I heard it live once in the stadium this summer: it was for the game between AS Monaco and LOSC. I was very moved and hugely proud. It’s really wonderful to have been the one to create the entrance music for the Principality’s football team, as although I live in Paris, I’m still a Monaco child. I’ve had a lot of positive feedback from supporters, who have told me they liked the music very much.