<< -- 4 -- Jennifer Paull REMINISCENT RETROSPECTIVES
What began upon landing as a frenzied Portuguese dance gradually evolved
into a stately sarabande, although the title Madness remained. One
of the earliest known instrumental settings was Lully's Air des
Hautbois, written in 1672 for the Bande des Hautbois.
This ensemble of oboes and bassoons formed the orchestra at the French
Court in Versailles.
Music travelled with those who played or sang it from town to town. If
we really think of the practical implications of this horse-powered promotion,
it is amazing that so many people remained captivated by this one popular
melody and dance for so many years!
One of the most popular settings is Les Folies d'Espagne
by Marin Marais. He was the central figure of the French School of bass
viol performer-composers that flourished in Paris during the late 17th and
early 18th centuries. Although most of his compositions were intended for
his own instrument, he left written permission to perform them upon others.
This adaptability to circumstance was typical of the composers of the time.
Going to another chateau to play with musicians one had never met could
well imply a different pitch and a music room filled with unfamiliar varieties
of instruments. Music did travel, thoughts and ideas circulated, and somehow
everything grew and developed.
It's exciting living with the past, sharing in the present, and
dreaming of the future in every art form today. In those long gone centuries,
artists were respected and the Arts revered. Therein lies perhaps one of
the greatest changes in contemporary society. The struggle to maintain and
continue the standards we know and expect is still carried out by the courageous
few. They are as they always have been, the minority. Whereas the scholar
was once applauded for his choice of a dangerous path, he can now be ridiculed
for choosing it in our pop-cultured, science-worshipping society.
Copyright © 11 January 2002
Jennifer Paull, Vouvry, Switzerland
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