Ballets and Brawls: French Music of Court and Countryside (2010)

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For a delightful springtime concert, the Folger Consort performed a program of French romance and wit circa 1610, Ballets and Brawls: French Music of Court and Countryside. France was also influenced by the great revolution in musical taste that occurred at the beginning of the 17th century, but French music developed in very different directions than Italian Baroque. In court entertainments, dance reigned supreme, and the Consort program included charming dances, complemented by songs for voice and lute, in both sophisticated and rustic styles, including witty, amorous dialogues for baritone and soprano. The Folger Consort performed Ballets and Brawls from March 9 to March 21, 2010 in the Folger Elizabethan Theatre.


Folger Consort

  • Robert Eisenstein: violin, viol, recorder
  • Christopher Kendall: lute

Guest artists

  • Rosa Lamoreaux: soprano
  • Gwyn Roberts: recorder
  • Williams Sharp: baritone
  • Dan Stillman: dulcian, recorder, sacquebut
  • Tom Zajac: recorder, flute, sacquebut, bagpipe