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Concert and talk | Paris: The Age of Enlightenment

Wednesday October 15, 2014 at 19:30
20th Century Theatre, London
£25 (price includes wine and refreshments)
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  1. La Sonnerie de Sainte Genevieve du Mont de Paris - Marin Marais
  2. Sonata in C minor 'Le Tombeau' - Jean-Marie Leclair
  3. Concert No 3 in A, from Pièces de clavecin en concerts - Jean-Philippe Rameau
  4. Cinquième concert in D minor, from Pièces de clavecin en concerts - Jean-Philippe Rameau
  5. Pièces de viole avec la basse continue - Antoine Forqueray
    • La Forqueray
    • La Leclair
    • La Rameau
  6. Sonata for keyboard in F sharp minor Wq 52/4 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Paris circa 1770: home to the brilliant philosopher, writer and chief editor of the Encyclopédie Denis Diderot ­– one of the most courageous advocates of a radical, godless Enlightenment. He and other like-minded intellectuals would meet at the salon of Baron d’Holbach to discuss how best to lead lives of passion and empathy, to indulge in fervent debates about opera, and to listen to chamber music – Diderot himself saw music as a direct route into people’s hearts and minds.

In this concert, historian Philipp Blom, in company with harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and friends, will investigate Diderot’s close relationship with music, interspersing period-instrument performances of chamber works by Marais, Rebel, Rameau, Forqueray and CPE Bach – compositions that resonated through his life – with readings from his letters, essays and novels.

6.30pm pre-concert talk by Philipp Blom

20th Century Theatre
291 Westbourne Grove
W11 2QA
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