“Syn-phony”: sounding together. This concert invites us to a polyphonic conversation between two performers on two harpsichords. Both passionate about this repertoire, William Christie and Justin Taylor are ardent defenders of these works full of inventiveness and emotion.
This conversation takes its roots in French music, whose refinement in the writing for harpsichord has no equal. Alongside the two great masters, François Couperin and Jean-Philippe Rameau, the hero of this program is a certain Gaspard Le Roux.
Gaspard Le Roux, still too little played today, led a very mysterious life. The almost total absence of information on his existence even leads some to suppose that «Gaspard Le Roux» was merely a pseudonym used by another composer... In any case, his work, published in 1705, shows a remarkable talent and originality. His pieces magnify the heritage of the 17th century French harpsichord school (Chambonnières, d’Anglebert...) in an original and poetic style.
In the preface to his book, the author encourages performers to take up this repertoire for two harpsichords: «Most of these pieces work well for two harpsichords, one playing the subject, the other the counterpart. L’Allemande à deux clavecins by François Couperin (known as «the Great»), taken from the Ninth Order, displays the refined grace typical of the composer. His cousin, Armand-Louis Couperin, gives us a glimpse of the beginnings of the classical style, in a veritable firework display of plucked strings.
- Wednesday, June 28 2023, 8pm
Angers / France
- Saturday, May 20 2023, 5.30pm