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Organ Recital 'Versaille: Organ music of the Sun King'

  • The Chapel, Royal Holloway, University of London United Kingdom (map)

Jean-Baptiste Lully, trans. Ben Horden  Ouverture from Ballet de la Nuit

Nicolas de Grigny  Tierce en taille

François Couperin  Messe pour les paroisses: Offertoire sur les Grand Jeux from Pièces d’Orgue

Johann Sebastian Bach  An Wasserflüssen Babylon BWV 653

Johann Sebastian Bach  Pièce d’Orgue BWV 572

This programme combines music from some of the most celebrated composers of Louis XIV’s France with that of Johann Sebastian Bach and encourages comparisons to be drawn between the two. It puts under the spotlight the influences between the music of the French Baroque and J S Bach, as well as the contrasting use of the organ and it’s place in Roman Catholic and Protestant liturgies. The programme opens with a secular French overture: a form that heavily characterised the music of the Baroque, in France and beyond, of which Lully was a leading light.

Earlier Event: September 6
Organ Recital
Later Event: November 28
Organ Recital