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Vaughan + Nicolson: Marais, Forqueray & Couperin

Wed 28 February @ 19:30 - 21:00



Within the glittering court of Louis XIV, Marin Marais shone as one of the greatest masters of the queen of instruments, the viola da gamba. This programme displays the dazzling variety of compositions Marais created, from improvisatory preludes, delicate laments and lascivious sarabands through to his magnificent set of variations on La Folia. François Couperin nicknamed le Grand was admired across Baroque Europe as the finest French keyboardist, from a family of musicians who worked in Paris for over 200 years. His pieces in his suites for harpsichord (called ordres) range from playful to melancholic, sometimes enigmatic but always original. This programme brings together these instruments with music of an age that was obsessed with the subtle, and valued reason and propriety above all else.

Laura Vaughan, viola de gamba
Donald Nicolson, harpsichord

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Hanson Dyer Hall, Ian Potter Southbank Centre
43 Sturt Street
Southbank, Vic 3006 Australia
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