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François Couperin: Pièces de Clavecin 18

Esteemed Readers, today I present you an elegant & a sophisticated set for harpsichord composed by François Couperin. N18 is made in F major, if it means you something. In my first posts of this year dedicated to the genius … Continue reading

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François Couperin: Messe des Couvents

Esteemed Readers, as you remember François Couperin has composed plenty of wonderful religious pieces. Today I offer you a complete Mass for convents & monasteries famous as Messe pour les Couvents (1690). Enjoy the spirit & solemnity of the Grand … Continue reading

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François Couperin: Concert Royal N.3

Esteemed Readers, speaking of François Couperin, I would like to continue to present you his charming concerts that sound like drops of fresh cool water in a period of unbearable summer heat. This time we are listening to his magnificent … Continue reading

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François Couperin: Pièces De Violes Suite N.2

Esteemed Readers, today we are listening to string music by our genius François Couperin. I offer you his Second Suite for Viola (1726). Might it be pleasant environment for these pretty summer days. Vive le Roy! 🙂 PS. Painting by … Continue reading

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Cadmus et Hermione

Esteemed Readers, to keep up the solemn New Year spirit I would like to share with you this charming chaconne from J.-B. Lully’s opera “Cadmus et Hermione”. This is the first opera composed & performed in France. Lully presented it … Continue reading

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Le Ballet du Temps (1654)

“Le Ballet du Temps” (1654) is the first official Court work of the kind composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully. It was performed for the first time on 3rd December 1654 in the Louvre. Besides His Majesty, it was mostly danced by … Continue reading

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Le Triomphe de l’Amour

“Le Triomphe de l’Amour/The Triumph of Love” is another sublime opera-ballet by Jean-Baptiste Lully, staged for the first time at St. Germain en Laye, 21st January, 1681 on occasion of arriving to the Court Marie-Anne-Christine-Victoire de Baviére, the Grand Dauphine’s … Continue reading

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Gavotte

Gavotte is a folk French dance, which became popular at Louis XIV’s Court. It has become an important part of baller programs & ordinary entertainments.  I present you, Esteemed Readers, a version by Jean-Baptiste Lully for wind instruments. It is … Continue reading

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Air Pour Madame la Dauphine

Esteemed Readers, I would like to present you this wonderful piece of string music made by Jean-Baptiste Lully. This air makes a part of his profound work named “Idylle sur le Paix” (1685), created in a close collaboration with Jean … Continue reading

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Marche des mousquetaires 1658

Early music compositions by Jean-Baptiste Lully are mostly connected with ballets & theatre performances; however some footprints of instrumental music yet can be discovered. The set of Marches 1658 composed for hautboys & tambours reveal us Lully-s unique music signature … Continue reading

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