Music for Marie-Antoinette
Les Arts Florissants
Xavier DE MAISTRE, harp
Musical editions: Bärenreiter & Henle Editions for Mozart and Haydn; Les Arts Florissants (Pascal Duc) for Krumpholz and Hermann.
Mention Marie Antoinette, and inevitably the guillotine springs to mind – one is less likely to think of the harp, which, according to courtiers’ accounts from the end of the Ancien Régime, she played admirably.
Thanks to Louis XVI’s queen and to her Austrian origins, a whole new and deliciously refined repertoire saw the light of day in Versailles, a repertoire that subsequently became known throughout Europe. To celebrate their first musical partnership, William Christie and Xavier de Maîstre have undertaken to revive these splendid works in a program full of charm and surprises. Audiences will discover Les Arts Florissants playing an unexpected collection of concertante pieces by Jean-Baptiste Krumpholz, Johann David Hermann and Joseph Haydn on authentic late 18th-century instruments.
In connexion with this program, the family concert "Marie-Antoinette's harp" offers children, youth and adults to discover the fascinating story of the queen musician.
Versailles / France
- Tuesday, June 28 2016, 8pm
Paris / France
Philharmonie de Paris / Cité de la Musique, Concert hall
- Monday, November 21 2016, 8.30pm
Vienna / Austria
- Sunday, November 27 2016, 9.30pm
New York / United States
Alice Tully hall, Lincoln Center
- Wednesday, March 15 2017, 7.30pm
Brême / Germany
- Saturday, March 25 2017, 8pm
Hamburg / Germany
- Sunday, March 26 2017, 8pm
Würzburg / Germany
- Friday, June 30 2017, 7.30pm