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Wond'rous Machine | Purcell and Lully

Saturday April 7, 2018 at 19:30
St John's Smith Square, London
£25, £15, £10
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  1. Marche de triomphe, from Marche de triomphe et air - Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  2. Dances from Le bourgeois gentilhomme - Jean-Baptiste Lully
  3. Hail, bright Cecilia (Ode for St Cecilia's day) Z 328 - Henry Purcell

Wond’rous Machine, an innovative new period instrument orchestra, explores the birth of the orchestra in France and England in the later seventeenth century, seen as an awe-inspiring new institution at the time. Dances by Lully written for Louis XIV’s court musicians at Versailles exude precision and majesty to the rhythms of French verse. The unanimity and power of the French style found its way to England, and Purcell’s great ode Hail, bright Cecilia, written in praise of the patron saint of music, isolates a particular instrument with each movement and revels in its sonorities through a dazzling array of styles.

There will be a pre-concert talk at 18.30

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