Sébastien Daucé Conductor
A counterpoint to the magnificent Ballet royal de la Nuit of 1653, this programme mixes violas, flutes, luths and singers to recreate all the universe of the Night in a more intimate atmosphere: from sundown to nightmare monstrosities, until the rise of Dawn, a metaphor of Spring and new love.
Among the great music masters of the French court in the 17th century, Antoine Boësset is probably the musician who elicited the most passion and enthusiasm: his arias where printed in large numbers, adapted (for the voice and luth or polyphony), some of them appeared in grand royal ballets from 1610, until long after his death in 1643. There were also many spiritual parodies of his compositions: seeing the public success of his beautiful melodies, the clergy wanted to bring the faithful to less secular passions and adapted his prosody to new texts. The same images, the same evocations, but the subject of adoration is not the young shepherdess but the Almighty Lord.
This programme also unveils the other aspect of Carnival: the tunes and music played in the great shows of the end of winter at the court in the Louvre are found in the more intimate surroundings of drawing rooms and oratories, burning with the same intensity and passion.
All the nights
Court arias and ballets by Antoine Boësset, François de Chancy, Jacques Champion de Chambonnières, Pierre Guédron, Étienne Moulinié, François Couperin et Louis Constantin.
Video: Etienne Moulinié, Agnus Dei - Sébastien Daucé and Ensemble Correspondances
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