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Baroque Unwrapped

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A Weekend of Excessively Good Taste: Music of the French Baroque

A strong sense of national character pervades French music throughout the ages. Through the innovations of Leonin & Perotin at Notre Dame, the courtly love songs of the troubadours and trouveres and the sophistication of the Burgundian School to Debussy's impressionistic 'music of the future' and the boundaries pushed by Les Six and La Jeune France, the musical achievements of France stand proud. Jean-Baptiste Lully, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, François Couperin and Jean Philippe Rameau are some of the names of those who contributed to one of the richest periods in France's musical development, when composers sought to embrace this national charachter, while integrating styles of other nationalities.

These names appear on concert programmes less frequently than their Italian or German contemporaries, though this is in no way a reflection of the quality of their music. This festival weekend aims to redress this imbalance: three concerts by international artists Rachel Podger, Edward Higginbottom and Eamonn Dougan, a workshop for singers and a screening of the multi-award winning film Tous les matins du monde will allow audiences the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the musical opulence of the grand siecle of the French Baroque.

Curated by Eamonn Dougan

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