2018 marks the 350th anniversary of one of the brightest lights of the 18th century. Born in the midst of a musical dynasty that lasted 7 generations, François Couperin was the greatest of them all. Known as Couperin ‘Le Grand’, he was hand-picked by Louis XIV as court organist, composer and instructor at the age of 25. From there he rose to the highest ranks and, as chief music instructor to princes and princesses, and through his meticulously conceived published works, Couperin became a national taste-maker in an era when French music competed only with the Italians for aesthetic supremacy.
Join us for an intimate hour at the beautiful University Club of Toronto library, as we step into the exquisite world of François Couperin – his story told by Katheen Kajioka (The New Classical FM), and his music performed by members of the internationally acclaimed Ensemble Masques. The performance will last approximately 70 minutes. Wine and coffee will be served.
Selections from Françcois Couperin’s published works, including the Concerts Royaux, Pièces de Clavecin, Pièces de violes, and Les Goûts Réunis.
Kathleen Kajioka, violin; Mélisande Corriveau, viola da gamba; Olivier Fortin, harpsichord.