A Parisian Picture Gallery: 18th-Century French Musical Portraits

A Concert of French 18th-Century Music on Historic Instruments 

Followed by a Buffet Reception of French Pastries

Mark Kramer, Viola da gamba.  Nicholas DiEugenio, Baroque Violin.   Leon Schelhase, Harpsichord

Under the luminescence of sparkling chandeliers, ceilings covered with gold filigree and a profusion of glittering ornaments, Parisian music rooms provided a perfect backdrop for the effervescent and graceful music of French baroque composers. It was the age of Chardin, Boucher, Watteau and Fragonard whose paintings captured tiny moments of daily life and the faces of perfumed society. Composers took this painterly approach in their sonatas and chamber works, giving them fanciful titles and evoking the essence  of a particular person or moment in time. Through the realistic musical imagery of Marais we experience the horror of an 18th-century medical procedure while Leclair and Guillemain delight the ear with enchanting music that is spectacularly ornate and decorative. In Rameau’s miniature portraits for harpsichord and accompanying instruments, we meet the King of Persia, Kouli Khan and also learn about the mystery of a ‘golden’ viol’  created expressly for the composer’s music. 

Jean-Marie Leclair,  Sonata for Violin, Viola da gamba & Continuo

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Premier Pièce de clavecin en concert

Marin Marais, The Gall Bladder Operation

Marin Marais, Sonate à la Maraisienne  

Louis-Gabriel Guillemain, Pièce de clavecin avec violon Opus 13


Event Location and Ticket Information

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Church of St. Mary the Virgin
191 S. Greeley Ave
Chappaqua,, NY 10514
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019
Times: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Ticket pricing:

Presenter: Ars Antiqua
Presenter Phone: 914-238-8015
Presenter Website: www.ars-antiqua.org