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Symposium 117 - “Sonata, what do you want of me?”

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

"Sonata, what do you want of me?"

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