Guest Lecture: Les Bostonades
“Politics in Early 18th century French Chamber Music: Music of Gervais, Montéclair, and Couperin”
- Saturday February 23 11:00am
An Academy of Early Music–Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments Partnership Event.
During the autocratic reign of Louis XIV, music did not only serve as entertainment, but also as an important form of political messaging, often between warring factions within his own court. In this lecture, members of Les Bostonades will examine the cantatas of Montéclair and Gervais as well as Couperin’s Les Goûts-réunis, how these composers presented controversial material to a dangerous audience, and the subtle political messaging they employed.
The period-instrument ensemble Les Bostonades has been sharing chamber music with Boston area audiences since its founding in 2005. The ensemble features Baroque music specialists who have studied and performed all over the world, who collaborate in Boston’s vibrant early music scene, bringing spirited and polished performances to their listeners. The ensemble’s performances have been described as “the most engaging chamber music playing…[a] generous, voluptuous sound…well delineated, [and with] a poignancy of emotion.”
The ensemble has developed under the direction of Akiko Sato, an acclaimed harpsichordist and continuo player with a unique cultural background. Ms. Sato’s early training in Japan, and further study in the U.S. and Montreal, have given her unique cultural perspective, along with exposure to French language and culture. Akiko’s passion for French language and Baroque music led her to early music study at McGill University in Montreal, where she focused on studying music of the French clavecin school and Baroque stage works. This work has shaped Les Bostonades’ programming, which over the years, has featured lesser-known French Baroque composer such as Boismortier, Guillemain, Stuck, Mondonville, Colin de Blamont, Courbois, and Senallie (along with Rameau, Couperin, and Marais, and the great composers of the Italian, and German Baroque traditions).
Free - no tickets required