The Sun King: Choral and instrumental music from the time of Louis XIV
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King Louis XIV reigned as absolute monarch of France for over 70 years. His magnificent palaces in Paris and the provinces (from 1682 all eclipsed by the unique grandeur of Versailles) witnessed a scale of cultural musical sophistication apparently unrivalled anywhere in late seventeenth-century Europe. Henri Du Mont (1610-84) composed sublime sacred works for the Royal chapels, whilst Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-87) created elaborate theatrical spectacles, known as tragédie lyrique, at Fontainebleau and elsewhere.
During the 1690s Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) wrote sacred music for Jesuit college Louis-le-Grand, whilst at the Académie Royale de Musique the virtuoso harpsichordist Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (1665-1729), the first woman in France known to have composed an opera, performed her Céphale et Procris (1694).
With this concert Cardiff University Chamber Choir and Baroque Ensemble will present a variety of choral and instrumental works by these composers with repertory that will charm the ear and delight the senses.