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"Sonata, what do you want of me?"

Sunday, 7 February 2016 @ 4:59pm
Monday, 8 February 2016 @ 6:59pm

Italian inspiration in 18th century France
Sonatas and cantatas by Rameau, Couperin, Clérambault, and Leclair

Our February symposium examines the French obsession for Italian music in the twilight of the Sun King, Louis XIV.  The virtuoso sonatas and cantatas imported from across the Alps had so overwhelmed concert programs that they caused one exasperated Frenchman to exclaim “Sonate, que me veux tu?”


  • Le Parnasse, ou L'apothéose de Corelli, Grande Sonade en trio François Couperin
  • Sonata No. 2 from Les délices de la solitude, op. 20

    Aria I, II


    Michel Corrette
  • Cantata: Medée Louis-Nicolas Clérambault
  • from Deuxième récréation de musique, Op. 8 Jean-Marie Leclair
  • Sonata VI, "L'impromptu" L.N. Clérambault
  • La Guignon
    La Sylva
    La Jupiter
    Transcribed for harpsichord by Jean-baptiste Forqueray (1699-1782)
    Antoine Forqueray
  • L'imperiale from Les nations



    François Couperin