The French Connection

Nicolas Altstaedt, Thomas Dunford, Jean Rondeau
Sun 3 Nov 11:30 - 12:30
Main Hall
Sun 3 Nov
11:30 - 12:30
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Music by famous gamba players and cellists


Louis Couperin Prélude in E-minor 
François Couperin Prélude in E-minor
Marin Marais Feste Champêtre, Musette, l’Americaine
Antoine Forqueray La Leclair
Jean-Baptiste Barrière Sonata in B-flat Major
François Couperin Les Barricades Mystérieuses
Marin Marais La Rêveuse
Antoine Forqueray La Sylva, La Jupiter


Nicolas Altstaedt cello
Thomas Dunford lute
Jean Rondeau harpsichord

Three great musical personalities get together once every so often to share in their shared love: French Baroque. In this era the cello was starting to gain popularity compared to the viola da gamba. Marin Marais and Antoine Forqueray remained well-known as gamba players, but Jean-Baptiste Barrière developed from a gamba player into a travelling cello soloist and composed countless cello sonatas.