The Palace on the Isle in the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw
Michel Corrette (1707-1795) is the perfect example of the versatility of Baroque masters. He became known as an excellent composer, organist, publisher and teacher, and his numerous textbooks – musical methods for various instruments – give contemporary researchers and musicians insight into the performance practice of that time. He was the first French composer to wrote concertos for wind instruments and organ, finding inspiration in the music of Haendel. The catalog of his works includes almost all genres of vocal and instrumental music practiced at the time.
His most famous works include a series of twenty-five concertos known as Concertos Comiques. Corrette published the first six in 1733 (Six concertos comiques pour 3 flutes, hautbois, ou violons avec la basse, oeuvre 8), and the next ones appeared as they were created in the following decades. Performed during the intermissions of outdoor musical comedies, they delighted and entertained the audience. Corrette used popular melodies as themes for his concertos, such as the theme from Les Indes galantes by Jean Philippe Rameau in the work Les Sauvages et la Furstemberg, which concludes the entire cycle.
Michel Corrette – Concerto comique
I. Le Mirliton
IV. Le Quadrille
V. La femme est un grand embarras
VI. Le Plaisir des Dames
VII. La Servante au bon tabac
XI. La Tante Tourelourette et le Plaisir d’être avec vous
XII. La Découpure
XIV. La Choisy
XVII. Les Pantins
XX. Nous nous marierons dimanche
XXV. Les Sauvages et la Furstemberg
KRZYSZTOF GARSTKA HARPSICHORD, CONDUCTOR
Duration: approx. 1 h
The seats in the auditorium are not numbered.