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Composer: Le Camus, Sebastien (1588-1666)

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Year of birth1588
Year of death1666
NationalityFrance
PeriodBaroque
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Fêtes Galantes: Musical Gallantry at Wigmore Hall

Sophie Daneman  © Sandra Lousada and Ian Bostridge © Ben Eagolvea
‘Fêtes Galantes’ is one of those glorious French phrases that sounds so wonderful but is nigh on impossible to translate. Rather than having any concrete meaning, it evokes Watteau-esque imagery of woodland gatherings, where eighteenth-century aristocrats amuse themselves by flirting, dancing and making music.
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