Follia Baroque Ensemble
La Doucer: the name of our programme is taken from the words of a hopeful lover in the song j'avois cru que'en vous aymant. It was published as an 'air tendre' early in the eighteenth century, and is just one example from the numerous collections of songs and dances taken from traditional or ancient sources and published from the late seventeenth century onwards in France.
This hour long programme of vocal and instrumental music from the height of the French Baroque features works by Montéclair, Marais, Rameau, Hotteterre and Morel. Rameau's highly characterised and innovative writing is reflected in his Pièces de Clavecin en Concert, which describe individuals who would have been widely known at the time. Hotteterre arranged vocal airs for the flute, with texts and ornaments, and we combine both versions in a suite by various authors. Montéclair, Marais and Morel were known primarily for their contribution to the repertoire of the viol, and our concert ends in the traditional French manner with a chaconne written for flute, viol and continuo. Our programme is indeed a microcosm of the highly expressive musical world of eighteenth Century France, moving between the domestic songs and pedagogical pieces by Hotteterre to the drama of the cantata La Mort de Didon and the virtuosic display of Marin Marais.
La Mort de Didon
La Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève
J’avois cru qu’en vous aymant
selection from troisième suite de clavecin en concert
Diane Moore baroque violin
William Summers baroque flute
Yat-Soon Yeo harpsichord
Ibrahim Aziz bass viol