s@H Episode 6: Rare French Cantatas
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Unlike it’s Italian neighbor, France wasn’t strongly influenced by the cantata genre until the eighteenth century. A great deal of French cantatas were composed by leading composers, including Jean-Philippe Rameau and Louis-Nicolas Clérambault.
This pair of cantatas by Louis-Antoine Lefebvre, a Parisian organist, are hardly ever performed today. Lefebvre’s shorter cantatas (he calls them cantatilles) have similarities to Rameau’s and divulge the coming Classical style of Mozart. Sung texts in French with English subtitles. You can download our eProgram by clicking on the icon below.
Louis-Antoine Lefebvre, French Cantatas
I. Les Regrets (“Regrets”)
II. L’Amour protecteur (“Protective Cupid”)
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Event image: Jan Miense Molenaer, Self-portrait with family members (1635). Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands, on loan from Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands