Considered one of the greatest French composers of his time, François Couperin (1668-1733) was music master to numerous members of the French royal family, including the Dauphin (the Duke of Burgundy), and for many years enjoyed the king's patronage. His Concerts Royaux, composed in 1714-1715 and published in 1722 for Louis XIV, in the twilight of his reign, were performed on Sundays in the royal apartments.
At the beginning of the 18th century, France was at the height of the Grand Siècle, which was soon to founder and gradually disintegrate; its people suffered, while the Court of Louis XIV attempted to stave off the prospect of imminent decline. The great era of Molière, Lully, Charpentier and Marais was drawing to a close and a new generation, that of Lalande and Couperin, was dawning.
In these pieces Couperin abandons his early Italian style in favour of one which is more French and he left the instrumentation of each piece up to the performing musicians. For each of these four Concerts, Jordi Savall has chosen a distinctive line-up of instruments to achieve the best expression of their individual musical character.
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