Salish Sea Early Music Festival: Little Concerts for Louis XIV
When: Sunday, January 22, 2017 7:30 PM
Where: Christ Episcopal Church (University District), Seattle
Suites assembled in 1713 for "little evening concerts" for Louis XIV of his favorite music from many decades will be premiered, possibly for the first time since the death of Louis XIV in 1715 in this performance, featuring baroque bassoonist Anna Marsh, baroque violinist Romaric Pokorny, baroque violist Stephen Creswell and baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan. A remarkable and almost completely unknown manuscript discovered in Paris by Jeffrey Cohan, was prepared in 1713 for evening performances for the aging Louis XIV by his long-time music librarian Andre Danican Philidor. Two years before his death in 1715, Louis XIV was particularly anxious to revisit the music of his youth and Philidor dates some of these selections as far back as 1659, when Louis XIV was 21 and had danced for eight years already in ballet performances at court, most famously as the sun god Apollo. These intimate, short pieces are a mirror into the soul of not only the king, but also the man who was Louis XIV.
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