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LIGHTEN MINE EIES

 

The year 1645 was a great loss for English music. In the midst of a civil war, William Lawes was killed on 24 September during the siege of Chester, a bastion defended by royalists loyal to Charles I. The 43-year-old death of Henry Lawes' younger brother was rightly perceived as a tragedy by the English music world of the time. His work is filled with lightning bolts of genius. Little known today by the general public, it shines through its inventiveness and the choice of the formations chosen. His Harp Consorts, probably composed for the private setting of the King who had several harpists in his ranks, illustrate this avant-garde and the composer’s creativity, leaving us with one of the first scores specially designed for the Harp. To accompany these works, we have chosen to present an even less known part of the work of William Lawes which attests well to the musician’s talent. Choice psalms, published posthumously by Henry Lawes in 1648, unveils sublime psalms set to music by his little brother for three voices and bass continues. Lighten mine eies, a program which borrows its title from some verses from a psalm attributed to King David (himself presumed harpist), proposes to associate with the Harp consorts these passionate vocal works, unjustly ignored, who seem to be able to touch us as William Lawes' own death did with his musician friends.

PERFORMERS - CONCERTS

MAÏLYS DE VILLOUTREYS - SOPRANO

ANAÏS BERTRAND - MEZZO SOPRANO

VIRGILE ANCELY - BASS

FIONA ÉMILIE POUPARD - VIOLIN & TENOR OF VIOLA DA GAMBA

PERNELLE MARZORATI - HARP

SIMON WADDELL - THEORBO

LORIS BARRUCAND - HARPSICHORD & ORGAN

ROBIN PHARO - VIOLA DA GAMBA DIRECTION

 

17/07/22   Festival de Saint-Louis-en-l'Île, France

21/07/22   Festival de Saintes, France

21/04/24   Abbaye de Noirlac, France

27/04/24   Saison du festival baroque de Pontoise, France

07/07/24   Festival d'Asfeld, France

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