Pacific Baroque Festival 2018-Order and Disorder

Pacific Baroque Festival 2018

Along with the Bach family, one of the celebrated musical dynasties in Europe was the Couperin family. Pacific Baroque Festival 2018 will celebrate the 350th anniversary of its greatest member, François Couperin “Le Grand”, whose profound influence transformed French music towards the end of Louis XIV’s reign.

Louis XIV, the “Sun King”, ushered in a glorious cultural enlightenment that would become identified with the Grand Siècle: the court promoted lavish spectacles of Opéra-ballets and Tragédies en musique, as well as religious music at the court chapel and chamber music in the private chambers at Versailles. In Paris and Versailles fine composers such as Mondonville and Rameau were also active. The increasing influence of Italian musical style gave French music added flair, and the advent of public concerts gave virtuosos such as Jean-Marie Leclair and Jean-Féry Rebel a platform for their instrumental and compositional skills.

François Couperin contributed to this artistic expression of France’s power after having been appointed by Louis XIV himself as organist of the royal chapel in Versailles, which complemented his position at the church of St.-Gervais in Paris. Described as a ‘profound musician and true man of genius’, François Couperin, transformed French music beyond the constraints imposed by Jean-Baptiste Lully. Couperin believed in embracing the best of foreign musical styles, such as the Italian, to create a new French musical expression which would lead to the perfection of music.

Be part of a Festival audience that will discover the brilliance of Couperin, and appreciate the musical world in which it was created.

“Apart from Racine and Molière, no artist presents the values of his time, purified of all merely topical pomposity, with as much precision as Couperin.” – Willfrid Mellers

“If I had a choice, I would have wanted to be Debussy or Couperin. I listen and it is magic. I just can’t understand how they conceived enchantment. I couldn’t so I decided to be a mathematician, the next best thing.” ―Philippe Kahn

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$19.05 - $95.24


Pacific Baroque Festival 2018

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A festival to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the musical genius François Couperin, featuring a feast of baroque music from the court of Louis XIV. 4 days of music to discover the brilliance of Couperin along with other great French composers including Marin Marais, Jean-Marie Leclair, Jean-Joseph de Mondonville.

Thurs, Feb. 15, 2018 @ 11:00am Buy Tickets!
Thurs, Feb. 15, 2018 @ 8:00pm (Christ Church Cathedral) Buy Tickets!
Fri., Feb. 16, 2018 @ 8pm Buy Tickets!
Sat., Dec. 16, 2017 @ 8:00pm Buy Tickets!

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