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Marais: Bells of St. Genevieve (Ralph Rousseau Meulenbroeks, viola da gambist)

“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 viol, violin and harpsichord with basso 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.”


This piece is performed by viola da gambist Ralph Rousseau Meulenbroeks. This and other albums by this artist can be downloaded at Magnatune.com.


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G.PH. TELEMANN, “Wassermusik” [Hamburger Ebb’ und Fluth] in C major TWV 55:C3/Collegium Pro Musica

Georg Philipp Telemann

Wassermusik” [Hamburger Ebb’ und Fluth], 1725
Ouvertüresuite for 2 Recorders, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo in C major, TWV 55:C3

I. Ouvertüre [Grave-Allegro] 0:08
II. Sarabande [Teti dormiente/Die schlafende Thetis10:48
III. Bourrée [Il risveglio di Teti/Die erwachende Thetis] 12:50
IV. Loure [Nettuno innamorato/Der verliebte Neptun] 14:42
V. Gavotte [Le Vaiadi giocano/Spielende Najaden16:30
VI. Harlequinade [Tritone scherzoso/Der Schertzende Tritonus 17:35
VIII. Eolo impetuoso/Der stürmende Aeolus 19:52
VIII. Menuett [Il piacevole Zefiro/Der angenehme Zephir] 21:57
IX. Gigue [Alta e bassa marea/Ebbe und Fluth] 23:00
X. Canarie [Gli allegri messaggeri/Die lustigen Boots Leute] 24:01

Collegium Pro Musica
Stefano Bagliano [director]



A. Marcello – Oboe Concerto in d minor (Marcel Ponseele, baroque oboe / Il Gardellino)

Alessandro Marcello (1684~1750)

Concerto per Oboe, Archi e Basso Continuo in re minore, SF 935 – Op.1 
(First published in 1717)

I. Andante e spiccato – 00:00
II. Adagio – 03:32
III. Presto – 07:09

Marcel Ponseele (Baroque Oboe)
Ensemble Il Gardellino 
Marcel Ponseele (conductor)

A slightly older contemporary of Antonio Vivaldi, Marcello held concerts at his hometown of Venice. He composed and published several sets of concertos, including six concertos under the title of La Cetra (The Lyre), as well as cantatas, arias, canzonets, and violin sonatas. Marcello often composed under the pseudonym Eterio Stinfalico, his name as a member of the celebrated Arcadian Academy (Pontificia Accademia degli Arcadi). He died in Padua in 1747. Alessandro’s brother was Benedetto Marcello (1686~1739), also a composer.

Although his works are infrequently performed today, Marcello is regarded as a very competent composer. His La Cetra concertos are “unusual for their wind solo parts, concision and use of counterpoint within a broadly Vivaldian style,” according to Grove, “placing them as a last outpost of the classic Venetian Baroque concerto.”

A concerto Marcello wrote in d minor for oboe, strings and basso continuo is perhaps his best-known work. Its worth was attested to by Johann Sebastian Bach who transcribed it for harpsichord (BWV 974). A number of editions have been published of the famous Oboe Concerto in d minor. The edition in c minor is credited to Benedetto Marcello.