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Guts Baroque plays “Les Maîtres du violon”

September 10 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

$10 – $15

Tickets $15 at the door, $10 for seniors.

Come back in time with us to Paris, at the turn of the eighteenth century. Lully is dead, and the next generation of court musicians are starting to make their own marks on his legacy in French music.

The graceful dance suite of Lully’s time, so beloved by the late Louis XIV, is slowly being supplanted by the Italian sonata. Many French violinists and other musicians travel to Italy to study with Corelli and other great masters, then return to France, bringing with them Italian aesthetics and musical forms. As a result, the solo music written for violin is gradually shifting towards the Corellian sonata, while still retaining the sublimely intricate and delicate ideas of the French Baroque.

Join us Sunday 9/10 to hear more about the composer-performers of this time and revel in the music that came out of this transition, music whose grace, beauty, and expressive vocabulary assures it a very special place in the hearts of so many baroque string players. We’ll play sonatas by free-spirited early-adopter Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, unrightfully obscure François Francoeur (whose surname shows up in Sylvia’s family tree…), and the biggest name in this style, Jean-Marie Leclair.

François Francoeur: Sonate 2 in e from Sonates à violon seul, Livre I (the video is from the second movement of this piece, an Allemande)

Jean-Marie Leclair: Sonate 3 in Bb Major from Premier Livre de Sonates

Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre: Sonate 2 in D from Sonates pour le viollon

Guts Baroque creates welcoming, powerful, un-stuffy experiences of baroque music played on period instruments, bringing you up close and personal with the music and the juicy stories of the composers and performers behind it. We breathe life into beautiful and unusual music that we love, bringing it from the 17th and 18th centuries to your ears. Come experience the warmth and immediacy of historically-informed chamber music!

Sylvia Schwartz, baroque violin, and Rebecca Shaw, viola da gamba

Learn more about Guts at

Drawing of Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre by Teresa Cabanillas Gutiérrez


September 10
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
$10 – $15
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Early Music in St Luke’s Cathedral Chapel
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St Luke’s Cathedral Chapel
143 State Street
Portland, ME 04101
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