Le Poème Harmonique / fot. Charles Plumey
Le Poème Harmonique / fot. Charles Plumey
Wratislavia Cantans
The Dictator of French Music
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall

Jean-Baptiste Lully
Overture from La Princesse d'Elide LWV 22
Courante pour Sganarelle, Menuet pour les espagnols and Rondeau pour le charivary from Le Mariage forcé LWV 20
Chaconne from L'Amour médecin LWV 29
Bergerie, Entrée de trois Importuns, Ballet des espagnols and Quels spectacles charmants from Le bourgeois gentilhomme LWV 43

Marc-Antoine Charpentier Trio grotesque from Le Mariage forcé H. 494

Jean-Baptiste Lully
Ah, qu’il est beau qu’il est joli from La Pastorale comique LWV 33
Piglialo sù  from Monsieur de Pourceaugnac LWV 41
Dormez, beaux yeux from Les Amants magnifiques LWV 42
Ah! mortelles douleurs from Georges Dandin LWV 38
Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs  from Le bourgeois gentilhomme LWV 43



Vincent Dumestre – artistic direction
Ana Quintans – soprano
David Tricou – tenor
Romain Bockler – baritone
Igor Bouin – baritone
Geoffroy Buffière – bass
Le Poème Harmonique

70 min
NFM, Main Hall
plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław
from 40 to 110 zł

Jean-Baptiste Lully was one of the most influential composers of his time. He was admired for his immense musical talent and organizational skills, and was feared and hated for his despotic, envious disposition. Thanks to cleverly plotted intrigues, he absolutely ruled the French musical world at that time, and without his knowledge and consent no opera performance could take place. He was the court composer of Louis XIV, and his music was supposed to add splendour to the court performances, staged at the behest of the Sun King.

Lully, together with Molière, created a new stage genre, known as comédie-ballet. It combined music, dance, singing and acting into an inseparable whole, it required the performers to be both imaginative and versatile and to master their craft perfectly. Together, the ‘Great Baptists’ (Molière's real name is Jean Baptiste Poquelin) created eleven comédie-ballets, each of which was a major event when it premiered. During the concert at the National Forum of Music, the Le Poème Harmonique conducted by Vincent Dumestre will present fragments of eight works of this type. The most outstanding of them Le bourgeois gentilhomme first staged in 1670. During the premiere performance, Molière played the role of Monsieur Jourdain, and Lully danced as the grand mufti during the final Turkish ceremony. The whole concert will end with the Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, the last music number from this play. Due to Lully’s despotic nature, his collaboration with Molière became more and more difficult. At one point, the playwright approached the outstanding and versatile composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier with a proposal to work together. One of the works they created in tandem was Le mariage forcé, staged in 1672. Interestingly, as early as 1664, the comedy ballet was staged with Lully’s music, but due to the conflict between the playwright and the composer, Molière decided to order new music for this play.


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