Anna-Maaria Oramo. Photo: Ville Paul Paasimaa.
Thu 13.8.2020 klo 18 The German Church, Helsinki
The Chamber Concert Series of the German Church

In the stream of sighs

Music from the Golden Age of the French Baroque

F. Couperin – de la Barre – Clérambault

FiBO Players:
  Anne Pekkala, violin
  Jani Sunnarborg, bassoon
  Anna-Maaria Oramo, voice and harpsichord

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During the concert we get to hear music from the golden age of the French baroque, its most typical music styles. During the entire era (approximately 1600-1770) the royal family decided the taste of music and François Couperin’s Royal concertos (Concerts royaux) are composed for the royal events at Versaille during the age of Louis XIV. The 8th concerto of the collection can be performed with different sizes of chamber ensembles. In the hands of Couperin the parts of the dance suite compliments all the nuances used in the French style. 

The air de cour style became common during the age of Louis XIII and was up until the 1630s the most common profane music style of the royalties. The sensitive, often melancolic, songs are typically performed accompanied by the lute, including the ornamented double-parts, in where the composer and the artist get to shine with their exclusive skills great enough for the royalties. Joseph Chabanceau de la Barre belongs to the most known song composers in this field. 

The concert is organized with exceptional arrangements to ensure the safety of the listeners and the musicians: Only 45 tickets are up for sale and they can only be purchased in the webshop. The audience is seated with safety distances taken into account. Hand sanitizer and face masks are offered. You must not have any kind of symptoms of a respiratory infection when attending a concert.  

The initiative resulting in the organizing of the summer concerts came from a German parish that wanted to support freelance musicians. Our warmest thanks to the parish for the cooperation.

Duration: 40 min (no intermission)

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