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Marin Marais (1656-1728) – Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont de Paris (1723)


 

 

 

 

 

 

Marin Marais (1656-1728), composer

Marin Marais (1656-1728), composer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Marin Marais (1656-1728) – Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont de Paris [The Bells of St. Genevieve] from La Gamme et Autres Morceaux de Symphonie (1723)

New Comma Baroque – Matthew C. Cataldi, Baroque violin, Phillip W. Serna, viola da gamba & Emily J. Morlan, historical keyboards

 

Various Viols Nederlands: Diverse typen violas

Various Viols Nederlands: Diverse typen violas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Recorded March 27th-28th, 2012 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake, IL 

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sonnerie de Ste-Geneviève du Mont-de-Paris, “The Bells of St. Genevieve” in English, is a work by Marin Marais written in 1723 for violviolin and harpsichord withbasso continuo. It can be considered a passacaglia or a chaconne, with a repeating D, F, E bass line. Being a student of Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, it is perhaps Marais’ most famous composition that explores the various techniques of the viol.

 

The work begins with 4 measures of the bass line played by the continuo and viol, then, on the 5th measure the violin takes over the melody. Throughout the piece, the violin and viol take turns with the melody.

 

The viol part is of great difficulty because of Marais’s mastery of that instrument. The centerpiece is not the melody, the violin, but the viol. His work can be thought of as something to showcase the violist’s skill, despite that it does not always have the melody.

 

The piece also exists in a version for solo double bass, having been arranged by Norman Ludwin for Ludwin Music. An electronic version on aFairlight synthesizer was used in the soundtrack of the 1982 film “Liquid Sky“.

 

 

 

 

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