De Luxe: Music from France around 1700

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Date(s) - 19 Nov 2017 until 19 Nov 2017
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The Kelowna Forum



Early Music Studio presents:


De Luxe: Music of France around 1700

Susan Adams, harpsichord and Clive Titmuss, baroque guitar, lute, theorbo, mandora


Music of Couperin, Daquin, de Visée, Mouton, Gallot


Sunday, November 19 at 2:30 pm

Kelowna Forum, 1317 Ethel (at Cawston), in Kelowna


Tickets: $22 Adults, $20 Seniors and Students at Kelowna Tickets Orchard Park, Annegret’s Chocolates and More info at


We have taken our idea of luxury primarily from the French court of the early 1700’s–deep colour, rich fabric and fine food and wine. The idea of décor and comfort in the home, and even the layout of our houses, descends from trends in furniture, design and art from French chateaux around 1700. But what music did they listen to, and how did the impulse to celebrate luxury translate into music? To answer that question, Early Music Studio presents a programme of music of harpsichord, lute, theorbo and baroque guitar from the Court of Louix XIV, the Sun King. The instruments are intricately decorated and so is the music.  Though the underlying melodies and harmonies are simple, almost like folk music, the way that they are worked out is elaborate, almost to the extent that refinement comes close to being the point of the music’s existence.



The composers of music for these diverse instruments were figures of mystery, attaining almost cult status among the nobility at Louis’ court.   Employed in private service, they were called upon to play for gatherings of only a few people.  We may not live, eat or dress as they did, and we probably would not want to.  But being able to hear this exotic music in person, played live on instruments of the period in the hands of Early Music Studio musicians Clive Titmuss and Susan Adams, is to enjoy greatest of their luxuries.



The Society of Friends of Early Music receives support from the City of Kelowna, The Province of BC, and private donors. Get your tickets soon, because their most recent concerts at Kelowna Forum have been enjoyed by sell-out crowds. more: facebook/earlymusicstudio

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