Sunday Baroque Listings: July 10, 2016
France’s big Bastille Day holiday is celebrated on July 14th. It’s the annual commemoration of the start of the Revolution in 1789, and Sunday Baroque will mark the occasion this weekend with a variety of French music from the years leading up to the revolution.
In the 17th century, the musician hailed in France as the greatest thing since sliced baguettes was not even a Frenchman! Jean-Baptiste Lully was born Giovanni Baptista Lulli in Italy, went to France as a child, and adopted the French version of his name. You’ll hear music by Jean-Baptiste Lully and other musicians who entertained the royalty in pre-Revolution France as Sunday Baroque celebrates Bastille Day this weekend.
July 14th is Bastille Day, France’s annual commemoration of the start of the Revolution in 1789. The celebration is very much like our Fourth of July holiday, with parades, fireworks and boisterous parties. This weekend Sunday Baroque will feature some of the baroque music written for the ousted French royals and their ancestors.
The French King’s decadent lifestyle contributed to the monarchy’s downfall, but the insatiable royal appetite for entertainment in the 18th century was also responsible for much of the music we enjoy today. This week, Sunday Baroque will celebrate France’s Bastille Day with French music from the decades leading up to the Revolution.