Marie Antoinette Online Forum

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Author:  Thomas [ Fri Feb 23, 2007 1:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Music

I am interested in listening to some music from the XVIII century. Can anyone suggest anything? I am quite a novice in this area, but would like to experience some of the music that filled the lives of people back then.

I would be most grateful :)

Author:  Therese [ Fri Feb 23, 2007 2:43 pm ]
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Aurora is our expert in this area. But I can suggest any music of Gluck or Mozart.

Author:  Louis-Charles [ Fri Feb 23, 2007 2:58 pm ]
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To my mind I like Gluck, Rameau and Mozart :wink:

Author:  Aurora [ Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:25 pm ]
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Hello Thomas! (I've visited Ireland few times and loved it!)
I suppose you would like to hear something like Marie Antoinette and her time. There is this musical periodic splitting line between baroque and le style galant and early classism in the XVIIIth cent. Very roughly before 1750 there is baroque music and step by step after that classism until 1830 (when romantism begins).
Music was important to people and they enjoyed it very much. Good composers from the area are for example (in various countries) Mozart, Haydn, Gluck, Rameau's latest works, Grétry, Dussek,Carl Philipp Emmanuel and Johann Christian Bach, Wagenseil, I think all those are easiest available. There is everything from operas and ballets to intimate chamber music, solos, little arias, concertos, symphonies etc. Good luck for searching, Thomas and lots of wonderful moments with music, some pieces are just so moving I am having tears in my eyes.
Thank you, Therese, for your kind words.
:D :D

Author:  Therese [ Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:28 pm ]
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You are welcome, Aurora. It was only the truth. :wink:

Author:  Thomas [ Fri Feb 23, 2007 4:30 pm ]
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Thank you all for your help :) I'm sure I will enjoy listening to the music you have suggested.

Aurora,glad you enjoyed your visits to Ireland. Did you visit my home town Dublin?

Author:  Aurora [ Sat Feb 24, 2007 1:14 pm ]
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Yes, I did Thomas, last time in 2005. 8)

Author:  Therese [ Sun Feb 25, 2007 11:06 pm ]
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Here is an article about the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, le Mozart Noir. ... orges.html

Author:  Thomas [ Mon Feb 26, 2007 3:47 pm ]
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Thanks Therese, the article is very interesting.

I couldn't help noticing the noble words of Burke about Marie Antoinette. I certainty agree with his sentiments :)

Author:  Therese [ Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:09 pm ]
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You are welcome, Thomas! Yes, Burke was an Irishman, and he could tell it like it is.

Author:  Thomas [ Tue Feb 27, 2007 1:02 pm ]
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Indeed Therese, he was born in Dublin in 1729. His statue stands proudly at the front of Trinity College. He was opposed to the revolution and feared the power of the mob would destabilise society.

Author:  fille mignnone [ Sat Jun 16, 2007 5:38 pm ]
Post subject:  Mozart

Marie Antoine was only three months older than Mozart when they met. He really liked her. They could have gotten married. Now, that would have changed the course of history.

Author:  cherecoeur [ Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:25 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Music

There are plenty of excellent suggestions posted above. May I add at this late date a search for the harpists Jean-Baptist Krumpholtz and Francois Petrini, and J.C.Bach (his only French opera "Amadis des Gaules") all of these are now available on CDs, and are about as close as you ask to get to recorded music Marie-Antoinette would have heard. Of course many of the operas of Grétry, Sacchini, and Piccinni are also available, and Sacchini's "Oedipe á Colonne" was dedicated to the queen. / Oh, and we must not forget a very innovative and progressive musician patronized by the Prince de Conti: Johann Schobert, an early influence on Mozart, whose keyboard works remained popular for at least 20 years after his death in @ 1767. There is a fairly recent release of a set of his keyboard quartets and some scattered recordings of select sonatas. His music was known to have been in Mme Elizabeth's possession.

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