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.