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Composer: Moulinié, Etienne (1599-1676)

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Year of birth1599
Year of death1676
NationalityUnknown
PeriodBaroque
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LondonAirs sérieux et à boire Volume 3

Moulinié, Le Jeune, Boësset, Guedron
Les Arts Florissants; William Christie; Emmanuelle de Negri; Anna Reinhold; Cyril Auvity; Marc Mauillon
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The human comedy: Le Poème Harmonique at the Wigmore Hall

Le Poème Harmonique  ©  Guy Vivien
“We call you to witness that if our voices work wonders, our lutes, too, please both heart and ear”. These lines, taken from the translation of the first piece in tonight’s programme, summed up, for me, the evening. Not only did Le Poème Harmonique provide us with some truly magical singing, the instrumental group provided balance, entertainment and fun throughout.
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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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