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François Couperin: Leçons de ténèbres

François Couperin has composed plenty of wonderful sacral works. “Leçons de ténèbres/Tenebrae Readings for Holy Wednesday” (1714) is one them. The set consists of three substantial pieces based on the Old Testament Book of Lamentation. Today, Esteemed Readers, I present … Continue reading

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François Couperin: Concert Royal N.4

Esteemed Readers, to celebrate the spring here is a Concert Royal N.4 by François Couperin. It reminds me of warm sunrays shining through fresh green leaves. Vive le Roy! 🙂 PS. Painting by Jakob Philipp Hackert Maria KethuProfumo

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François Couperin: Concert Royal N.9

Esteemed Readers, today I present you a Concert Royal N.9 by François Couperin. It is light & positive alike water with a certain accord of a harpsichord. Enjoy it! Vive le Roy! 🙂 PS. Painting by Jakob Philipp Hackert Maria … Continue reading

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Vinicius de Moraes, Toquinho & Les Couperins II

The historical journey of Vinicius de Moraes & Toquinho bring us back to the 17th century France& to Louis XIV’s Court where the music composed by Les Couperins (The Couperin family) sounded for the first time & became a true … Continue reading

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Vinicius de Moraes, Toquinho & Les Couperin

Esteemed Readers, our attention moves to another musical retrospective view of Baroque music & Bossa Nova: they are Vinicius de Moraes & Toquinho or Les Couperin. The previous year I have already introduced you our genius Vinicius who made a … 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: A Voyage to Siam

Louis XIV developed rather successful international policy. The great kingdoms of Asia were one of his targets. He managed to establish very good & fruitful relationship with China, India & the Kingdom of Siam (Thailand) as well. The decade 1680-1690 … Continue reading

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Bourrée

Esteemed Readers, here is another wonderful vigorous composition by Jean-Baptiste Lully. The origin of the bourrée as a folk dance comes to the Medieval times & the region Auvergne. This is a very energetic performance & I recommend you to … Continue reading

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Regina Coeli

Regina Coeli is another wonderful spiritual piece by Jean-Baptiste Lully included in “Les Petits Motets”(1687). It was composed for three voices. The motet is full of light & tenderness, it passes a sublime blissful spirit our music genius managed to … 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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