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Austin Baroque Orchestra & Chorus present “Louis, Louis”

A celebration of the 300th anniversary of the founding of New Orleans, this program will consist of beautiful, sumptuous sacred and operatic works from the Chapelle Royale at Versailles and the Opéra in Paris, and even from la Nouvelle-Orléans herself. There will be music associated with the courts of the Roi-Soleil Louis XIV, his great-grandson Louis XV, and the ill-fated Louis XVI — we promise no heads will roll! We’ll perform a motet by Jean-Baptiste Lully composed for the baptism of Louis XIV’s eldest son, the finale of Les Sauvages from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s masterpiece Les indes galantes, the festively brilliant Te Deum by Michel-Richard de Lalande, and Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville’s vivid and exciting motet In exitu Israël. We’ll also feature excerpts from the Manuscrit des Ursulines de la Nouvelle-Orléans, the only surviving music manuscript from colonial Louisiana. Our first large-scale French concert since 2012 promises to be très magnifique — we hope you’ll join us!
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2018 Young Performers Festival: CWRU Baroque Ensemble

Virtuosity Embossed with Grace: Music from 18th-century France

« A musician no longer arrives in France without a sonata or a cantata in his pocket. »

Thus the Mercure of November 1713 reported on the Italianate vogue that was sweeping away Paris at the beginning of the 18th century. We are in the late reign of Louis XIV, whose repeated absences during Versailles’ entertainments had prompted a migration of the courtiers out of the palace. As Georgia Cowart observes, freed from the adulatory disguise they had to wear in front of the king, a transformation in the type of entertainment they were consuming, as well as their taste began to take place. The infiltration of Italian gusto into the French musical scene, if welcomed by ardent defenders and patrons, was not totally devoid of chauvinistic criticism. The solution? Imprint the French gracefulness in Italian forms. Today’s program will present two of these cosmopolitan works: “La Piémontoise” from François Couperin’s monumental collection Les Nations; and “Pyrame et Thisbé,” a cantata by Michel Pignolet de Montéclair that, according to its composer, is both epic and dramatic.

Part of EMA’s 2018 Young Performers Festival at the Bloomington Early Music Festival

Read more about Case Wester Reserve University Baroque Ensemble’s concert.

This concert will be livestreamed via Facebook Live.

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