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Next Monthly Livestream Concert: Marais and his Legacy, Part I, May 24, 2020

• 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern, Sunday May 24th, Live on YouTube
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We will be performing our second monthly livestream concert on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 4PM Pacific/7PM Eastern. This is the first installment of John’s long-delayed gamba recital. John will be performing suites by the great viol player Marin Marais and his son Roland, as well as a touching Tombeau for Marais written by his student Charles Dolle. Sylvia will be adding a fun and flashy violin sonata by Antoine Dauvergne.

Here’s the program! Available as a full booklet or 1-page PDF:

Marin Marais is the most beloved composer by players of the viola da gamba. He lived and worked for Louis XIV at the height of the French baroque era, and his music exemplifies the grace and delicacy of French music, as defined by his friend and colleague Jean Baptiste Lully. His five books of Pieces de Viole contain hundreds of dances, fantasies and character pieces, organized into suites by key. The techniques, decorations and musical idioms contained in these pieces were passed along by Marais to his students, several of whom became renowned viol players and composers themselves. These students include Charles Dollé, Jacques Morel, Louis de Caix-d’Hervelois, and of course his son Roland Marais.

We will perform for you music by Marais and his students, as well as the violinist Antoine Dauvergne, whose compositional styles reflect the evolving musical tastes of France under Louis XV.

Prepare to be transported to the court of Versailles, to dance and be moved by the gentle, refined and elegant music of the French baroque!


Marais’ Suite d’un Gout Etranger, or Suite in a Foreign Taste
his son Roland Marais’ Suite in C, amiable and friendly
his student Dollé’s Tombeau de Marais le Père, a memorial for the great teacher after his death,
and contemporary Dauvergne’s Opus 2 Sonata #1, a fun violin sonata from the tail end of the Baroque era.

We hope to see you there!

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Weekly Works in Progress (#RoughGuts)

In setting up monthly subscription access to our work in exchange for steadily supporting all the time that goes into preparing performances, part of our aim is to welcome you into our process, sharing early videos of new works as we explore them and start to prepare them for private concerts, public videos, and polished albums. We have a great time sight-reading new pieces and deciding how and when to group them into compelling programs, and we hope to share some of that fun with you.

These #RoughGuts videos can be accessed through Patreon with a monthly subscription of $5 or more, and are released weekly on Wednesdays.

Videos on YouTube

We also plan to post videos periodically on YouTube, freely accessible, a combination of videos from our live performance archive (oh how wistful we are hearing live audiences and acoustics different from our living room as we listen to and prepare these videos!) and new works that we just have to share with you outside of a formal concert. These will appear as the muse strikes, so the best way to not miss anything is to subscribe to our new channel on YouTube (the link takes you to our channel page; look for the red Subscribe button).

We look forward to sharing music with you in all these new ways!

Sylvia & John

Under normal circumstances, we are pleased to offer house concerts through Groupmuse. Check out their website to learn more about their new livestream format, creating community through long-distance Zoom gatherings with friends near and far bookending a livestreamed concert! Click here to see our performer page.