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Baroque Insults

  • Talbot Street Church 513 Talbot Street London, ON, N6A 2S5 Canada (map)
Photo by Shayne Gray

A period-instrument performance with special guest, actor Rod Beattie

At the turn of the 18th century, two styles of composition dominated the musical landscape – the Italian and the French. And the public took sides, elevating the virtues of one while showing ruthless pleasure in disparaging the other.

This concert explores what happened when the gloves came off and the insults went flying in true Baroque fashion. The inestimable Rod Beattie delivers inflammatory remarks from both sides of the divide, before musicians from London Symphonia take up period instruments to perform a selection of works that inspired the incendiary commentary.

In the Italian corner – works by Arcangelo Corelli and Antonio Vivaldi. Representing the French – Jean-Baptiste Lully and Jean-Philipe Rameau. In the middle - François Couperin, who attempted to find a compromise with a set of pieces he named Les goûts réunis (Styles Reunited).

Les Indes galantes (excerpts) by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 – 1764)
Trios de la Chambre du Roi LWV 35 (selections) by Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632 – 1687)
Cello Concerto (transc. for Double Bass) by Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741)
Trio Sonata in F Op 1, No 1 by Arcangelo Corelli (1653 – 1713)
Concert Instrumental sous le titre d’Apothéose composé à la mémoire immortelle de … Lully by François Couperin (1668 – 1733)

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Doors open at 6:30 pm
Parking near Talbot Street Church


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