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Watteau and Music

Lucie Skeaping considers music and the 18th-century painter Antoine Watteau, master of evocative sensuality and the fete galante, a third of whose canvases depict musical scenes.

Lucie Skeaping looks at music and the 18th-century French painter Antoine Watteau. No fewer than a third of Watteau's canvases depict musical scenes.
The Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels is currently running an exhibition of Watteau's work "underscored" by musical items chosen by the great French Early Music specialist, William Christie. With this in mind, this programme examines the "musical" world of the 18th-century's artistic master of evocative sensuality and the fete galante.

58 minutes

Music Played

  • Francesco Corbetta

    Sarabande (La Guitarre Royale) [Picture: Mezzetin - Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York]

    Performer: William Carter (guitar)

    • Linn.
    • CKD 185.
  • André Campra

    Musette; Volez au son de nos musettes (Idomenée) [Picture: Les Bergers (The Shepherds)- S

    Performers: Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (director)

    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • HML 5908535.36.
  • François Couperin

    Les bergeries

    Performer: John Kitchen (harpsichord)

    • Delphian.
    • DCD 34112.
  • François Francœur

    Air marqué; Contredanse (Symphonies pour le Festin Royal du Comte d'Artois) [Picture: Les

    Performers: La Simphonie du Marais, Hugo Reyne (conductor)

    • Virgin Veritas.
    • 561 676 2.
  • Jean‐Marie Leclair

    Sonata for 2 violins, Op. 3 No. 2 (1st movement) [Picture: Deux violinistes (Two Violinist

    Performers: Chiara Banchini, John Holloway (violins)

    • Erato Musifrance.
    • 2292 450132.
  • Sébastien Le Camus

    Forêts solitaires et sombres [Picture: Le leçon de musique (The Music Lesson) – Wallace Co

    Performers: Véronique Gens (soprano), Pascal Monteilhet (theorbo)

    • Virgin Veritas.
    • 562 674 2.
  • Jean‐Féry Rebel

    Sicillienne; Loure; Tambourins (Les Elemens) [Picture: Portrait of Jean-Féry Rebel – Musée

    Performers: Palladian Ensemble

    • Linn.
    • CKD 221.
  • Robert de Visée

    Sarabande [Picture: Les charmes de la vie (The Charms of Life) – Wallace Collection, Londo

    Performer: Matthew Wadsworth (theorbo)

    • Channel Classics.
    • CCS SA 24206.
  • Michel Pignolet de Montéclair

    Le Triomfe de la Constance

    Performers: Emma Kirkby (soprano), London Baroque

    • BIS.
    • CD 1865.
  • Francesco Corbetta

    Sarabande (from La Guitarre Royale)

  • André Campra

    Musette & 'Volez au son de nos musettes' from 'Idomenee'

  • François Couperin

    Les Bergeries (The Shepherds)

  • François Francœur

    Air Marque & Contredanse from Symphonies pour le Festin Royal du Comte d'Artois

  • Jean‐Marie Leclair

    Sonata for 2 violins, Op.3 No.2 (1st movement)

  • Sébastien Le Camus

    Forets solitaires et sombres

  • Jean‐Féry Rebel

    Sicillienne; Loure; Tambourins - from 'Les Elemens'

  • De Visee, Robert

    Sarabande

  • Michel Pignolet de Montéclair

    Le Triomfe de la Constance

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