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A CELEBRATION OF BAROQUE DANCE - ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC

24th March 2017

FRIDAY 24 MARCH 7.30PM

Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Please note that booking for this event is not available through the London Handel Festival, but directly through the Royal Academy of Music Box Office (please see details below).

A Celebration of Baroque Dance

PART I – FRANCE
Mouret        Symphonie de fanfare
Anon           Suite La Bourgogne
Lully            Atys LWV 53: Sarabande, ‘Air pour les nymphes de Flore’;
                   Gavotte, ‘Air pour les mêmes’
Lully            Les jeux pythiens LWV 42: Sarabande, ‘Entrée pour un homme’
Monteclair    Le dépit géneréux
Lully            Persée LWV 60: Passacaille de Persée
Couperin      Concerto No. 4 in E minor for flute and continuo from Concerts royaux
Rebel           Les caractères de la danse

PART II – ENGLAND
Purcell         Abdelazer Suite
Handel         Overture and March Scipione HWV 20
Handel         Ho perduto il caro sposo Rodelinda HWV 19
Handel         Se potessi un di placare Tamerlano HWV 18
Corelli          Violin Sonata Op. 5 No. 12 in D minor ‘La follia’ arr. Geminiani
Handel         Overture Atalanta HWV 35
Handel         Excerpts from Il pastor fido HWV 8

London Handel Players
Academy Baroque Ensemble
Laurence Cummings
director
Adrian Butterfield violin
Rachel Brown flute
Milly Forrest soprano

Mary Collins and Steven Player dancers

Handel’s music served London’s fashionable society and its tastes. Despite a German monarchy
and an essentially Italian opera-loving British public there was still an insatiable appetite for French
dance. Pierre Rameau’s 1725 dance manual, Le maître à danser, states proudly: ‘There is hardly a
court in Europe where the dancing master is not French.’ King Louis XIV’s passion for dancing had
inspired not only much of Europe to dance with him but also many of Europe’s composers to write
exquisite dance music.

The Royal Academy of Music Baroque Ensemble performs side-by-side with the London Handel
Players in a collaboration with choreographer Mary Collins and her dancing partner Steven Player,
performing dances written for Louis the ‘Sun King’. We will see and hear the influence his court had
on music across Europe in repertoire by Handel,Lully, Couperin, Rebel, Purcell and Corelli.

Directed by Laurence Cummings, the Royal Academy’s William Crotch Professor of Historical Performance.

TICKETS £7.50 (concessions £5.50) – unreserved seating from the Academy’s Box Office:
www.ram.ac.uk/events from Tuesday 13 December 2016, telephone 020 7873 7300 from Tuesday 3 January 2017

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