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    French Baroque

    When I started to listen to classical music properly, seven years ago, my biggest discovery was Lully and the French Baroque style. I love the spirited elegance of Lully - maybe because he was a dancer and I am too.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Baptiste_Lully

    Lully was selfish and greedy - he would never have got on if he hadn't been, starting, as he did, as a street musician in Italy. But this isn't about the man - it's about his music.
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    Here's some ballet music from Lully's Xerxes - we have this cd. The images on this video are serene and lovely, too.

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    The thread isn't just about Lully, however, but about any French Baroque music that you, dear reader, have discovered.

    Here's a Sarabande from Louis Couperin.

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    There's always Charpentier

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    This French Baroque piece is a wow - sounds so modern in its use of dissonance and its passion, and yet the ideas behind it, the four elements and their harmonious combination to form the sublunary world, go way back to the middle ages.

    Jean-Féry Rebel - Chaos in the Elements.

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    Here's another French Baroque favourite of mine, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, a female performer and composer at the court of the Sun King.

    Harpsichord Suite #1, Allemande - Elisabetta Guglielmin

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    Returning to the thread topic of French Baroque Music, here is my favourite Lully pieces, the suite from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.

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    Le Bourgeous Gentilhomme was a play written by Moliere.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Bourgeois_gentilhomme

    Probably the most famous tune from Lully's suite is his Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs. This has the force, the elegance, the assurance that to me characterises Lully's music and the French Baroque in general.

    There is a word which sums up French Baroque Music for me, and that is élan.


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    Musical arrangements at the court of the Sun King well described here.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Vi...Violons_du_Roi
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    Rebel, just about the next French Baroque composer after Lully started it all, was a member of Les Vingt-quatre Violons du Roi. Here's a lovely bourree written by Rebel.

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    Here's a lovely French baroque sonata for the cello by Jean-Baptiste Barrière (1707 - 1747) -

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-B..._Barri%C3%A8re

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    Another gorgeous Barriere video -

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    Some heavenly harpsichord music from Francois Couperin here - it 'sends' me.

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    This French baroque song and its lyrics are so beautiful and sad that I can hardly bear to listen to them. The French lyrics are printed on the video. The situation is that the King chooses a devoted wife to be his mistress - her husband tells her she must obey - and, weeping, she eventually agrees, only to be poisoned by smelling a bouquet sent by the jealous queen.

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    Here's another French song by le Poeme Harmonique. The lyrics can be found here - https://lyricstranslate.com/en/la-fi...-daughter.html

    I'm not sure of the date - one video describes the song as being 15th century, which would make it more appopriate to my early music thread. Another places the tune to a collection of 1607, just into the baroque period. The tune is rather monotonous, though, and may be much earlier. Great story, much like the Child ballads.

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