Works by Jean-Marie Leclair, Louis-Gabriel Guillemain, François-André Danican-Philidor, Pierre-Gabriel Buffardin and Jean-Baptiste Quentin

6 Instrumentalists

Tuesday May 10th 2015 7:30 PM

The Bourgie Hall of The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

At the end of the 18th century, Casanova wrote: “I only found real sociability among the French: for they alone know how to joke; and fine, subtle, joking, enlivening conversation is what makes up the charm of society.” It was common at the time to compare the forms of chamber music with those of conversation between civilized persons; and so galanterie, subtle, light, chivalrous, and flattering remarks, found its musical equivalent. In a diverse range of compositions, sonatas and concertos, the dialogue between instruments becomes a melodic form of seduction, without in any way precluding the rigor and balance of the composition.



Les Boréades
Francis Colpron, director




  • François-André Danican-Philidor (1726-1795)
    Quatuor pour flûte, 2 violons et basse continue nº 3 en sol majeur (L’art de la modulation, Paris, 1755)
  • Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)
    Sonate pour deux violons sans basse en do majeur opus 3 nº 3 (Sonates à deux violons sans basse, Paris, 1730)
  • Louis Gabriel Guillemain (1705-1770)
    Quatuor pour flûte, violon, viole de gambe et basse continue en la mineur opus 17 nº 6 (Second livre de sonates en quatuors ou conversations galantes et amusantes, Paris, 1756)
  • Jean-Baptiste Quentin (le jeune) (v.1690-v.1742)
    Sonate pour 2 violons, viole de gambe et basse continue en majeur opus 11 nº 4 (Sonates en trio et à quatre parties, Paris, v.1735)
  • Pierre Gabriel Buffardin (1689-1768)
    Concerto pour flûte, cordes et basse continue en mi mineur (manus., 1726?)



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