Catherine Liddell1:00 PM Tuesday, 24 June, Harkness Chapel
• A 17th Century French Gossip Column in Music •
Music of Gallot and Mouton with readings from the letters of Madame de Sévigné and the Memoires of St. Simon
|Pièces in F||Jacques Gallot (fl. Late 17th c.)|
|Allemande La Belle Voilée Duchesse de la Vaillière|
|Le Tonnere Courante (thunder)|
|La Comminge Sarabande (region in Pyrenees foothills)|
The “belle voilée” was Louise de la Blaume Le Blanc (1644-1710), lady-in-waiting to the King’s brother’s first wife, Henriette d’Angleterre, and the King’s first mistress. She bore him 3 children before he lost interest in her. He gave her the title of Duchesse de la Valliere and she retired to a convent, hence the reference to the veil.
|Pièces in a minor||Jacques Gallot|
|Les Plaintes de Psichée, Allemande|
|Courante la Meurtrière/Double (murderous intentions)|
|Chaconne la Montespan|
“Montespan” refers to Athenaïs, Marquise de Montespan, the longest “reigning” Favorite of the King.
|Pièces in c minor||Charles Mouton (ca. 1626- after 1699)|
|Tombeau de Madame, Pavane|
|Le retour de Depit Courante (spite, quarrel)|
|Double de Depit|
|La belle Florantine Sarabande|
|La Libertin[e] Canarie|
|La belle Espagnolle Chaconne (MP3, 4.4 MB)|
“Madame” refers to Henriette d’Angleterre, Duchesse d’Orleans, the wife of Philippe d’Orleans, the King’s brother.
|La Fontange, Pavane (MP3, 11.8 MB)||Jacques Gallot|
“Fontange” refers to the last mistress of the King. She lasted only 2 years before he tired of her and sent her off to a convent.
|Pièces in C||Jacques Gallot|
|Tombeau de Mr. de Thurenne, Allemande|
|L’homme a bonne fortune [Courante]|
|La Coquette Gavotte|
|La pie, Gigue (chatterbox)|
|La Comete Chaconne|
Mr. de Thurenne was a distinguished Mareshal in the French army, killed in battle in 1675. He was also a close friend of Madame de Sévigné.
There really was a comet.
Eleven-course Baroque lute, copy of the Hans Frei instrument in the Warwick County Museum
by Michael Lowe, Oxford (1990)