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Music for Louis XV: Ten Suites for Two Flutes

Academic journal article Notes

Music for Louis XV: Ten Suites for Two Flutes

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Michel de la Barre. Music for Louis XV: Ten Suites for Two Flutes. John Solum; Richard Wyton. MSR Classics MS1191, 2007.

When Louis XV inherited the French throne from his illustrious predecessor, the court at Versailles boasted a fully-developed and distinctive musical style thanks to the contributions of such brilliant court composers as Jean-Baptiste Lully and Marin Marais. The flutist and composer Michel de la Barre was also an established talent in the Versailles orbit, and had begun composing the flute duets for which he is still famous during the reign of Louis XIV. The ten duets on the present disc were published during the early years of Louis XV's reign, and are recorded here for the first time; flutists John Solum and Richard Wyton (both members of the Hanoverian Ensemble) play them, appropriately enough, on replicas of French flutes from the same period. This is significant because when these pieces were written, the flute had only recently been redesigned with a key (to allow players access to a full chromatic scale) and a conical bore (to improve volume and intonation). …

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