French Cantatas Mixed With Symphonies
Cantatas by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Clerambault and instrumental music by Marais:
In his book of ‘Cantates Françoises Melées de Symphonies’ published in 1708, André Campra tells us he has “mixed with the delicacy of French music, the vivacity of Italian.” All composers of French cantata sought to meld the elegance of the Sun King’s court with the, well, flashiness of the Italian Baroque in both the vocal and instrumental (that is the ‘symphonies’ of the title) sections. Hallie Fishel, soprano and John Edwards, theorbo are joined by Christopher Verrette, violin, Philip Fournier, harpsichord and Justin Haynes, viola da gamba.
8PM, Apr. 27th 2013 at Heliconian Hall
“Fie, cease to wonder,
Though you hear Orpheus with his ivory lute,
Move trees and rocks, Charm bulls,
bears and men more savage to be mute,
weak foolish singer, here is one,
Would have transformed thyself to stone.”
- Phillip Massinger in The Fatal Dowry
The Musicians In Ordinary for the Lutes and Voices, Hallie Fishel soprano and John Edwards, lutes and guitars, take their name from the ensemble which played in the most private quarters of the Stuart monarchs. They are dedicated to the performance of early solo song and vocal chamber music and are often joined by some of North America’s leading performers of early music for their lively and moving concerts. The Musicians In Ordinary present two series for their 12th season. As well as our annual series at Heliconian Hall in Yorkville, we will be performing as Ensemble-in-Residence at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto.