get down to this, monsieur

Feb. 10, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

Feb. 12, 2023 @ 6:00 pm

more than anywhere else, 18th century france was associated, both domestically and abroad, with a distinct love for dancing. so strong was this love for dance that many french operas from the period are up to one-third instrumental dance music! the central type of instrumental music in france at this time was the suite, a set of pieces inspired by various types of dancing originating both from the wealthy at court and the peasants in their villages. few baroque pieces bring together ideas from differing social statuses like the suite. in this concert, twisted pearl welcomes larry lyons on bodhran and jayme polites on tambourine to offer forth some of the outstanding examples of french dance music from this era, all of which demonstrate flawless grace, delicacy, and emotional sincerity. and they just might make you wiggle.

J. B. de Boismortier (1689-1755)

Suite 1 and 3 from Four Village Suites for Trio, Op. 52

F. Couperin (1668-1733)

France from The Nations

Second Concert from Royal Concerts

M. Marais (1656-1728)

Suite IV, from Pieces for Trio