In Paris, a Seine water pump was installed on the Pont-Neuf to supply the pools and gardens of the nearby Tuileries. The facade of the building was decorated with gilded bronzes representing Christ and the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. The carillon sounded the hours but stopped working under the reign of Louis XIV.
This music imitating the singing of bells directly refers to this carillon ("deffunt le carillon de la Samaritaine ...").
Very little is known about Sieur Déon: he was an active musician in the first half of the 18th century and published various pieces between 1713 and 1725, including Freemason works
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A Pastoral is a musical genre that idyllically illustrates nature, shepherds and shepherdesses. The one entitled "Les Festes de l'Amour et de Bachus", in a prologue and three acts, was performed in 1672. It is made up of extracts from different...
A gallant song in a dialog form (my dear lover, ...my dear mistress). Everything has been said, but this is here in a such elegant way that one can only fall in love with this piece by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier published in 1732!
Music composed by Sébastien de Brossard and published in 1691 in a collection of serious and drinking songs.
Windward the Estandars, Flags, Signs,
Colonels and Soldiers, Colonels and Soldiers, Lieutenants, Captains.
With the glass in hand, the...
The music of this song is totally baroque, even in its lyrics. Its "peasant" character is in the words and certain clumsy and almost caricatured French expressions of what was considered to speak of the countryside ("je gaussions", "dieu marcy"...
John Blow (1659-1708)
Choir singer at the Royal Chapel restored by Charles II Stuart on his return from exile (1660), John Blow was appointed at the age of nineteen, organist of Westminster Abbey (1668). He resigned twelve years later in 1680 in...
MeF 356 - Jean-Baptiste Lully : Air des trembleurs (for 3 mixed voices).
Everybody knows Henry Purcell's "Air du Froid", taken from King Arthur, composed in 1691.
Lully had used this principle of vocal staccato as early as 1677 to evoke the...
The air of court, very fashionable in the XVIIth century was initially a song for soloist with accompaniment of basso continuo. It has evolved into vocal polyphonies with light instrumental accompaniment, to allow connoisseurs of good music to...
Jean-Baptiste Weckerlin's piano accompaniment is also available: MeF 319
What! Still drinking songs?
Will I never hear songs to eat?
Vine everywhere we celebrate its glory!
Nobody says a word about the vegetable garden!