François Bouvard (c1683-1760)

François Bouvard started his musical life as a singer at the Opéra, and enjoyed some fame as a composer of vocal works. The tragedies, Médus, and Cassandre enjoyed much popularity, as did his many songs. He composed many cantatas, but at a period when the form was evolving into a relatively light-weight entertainment. Many of his works in this later period (c1740) are termed cantatilles. These were short cantatas, but often demanding more extensive instrumental resources, and calling on considerable skill in the players. They have been described by Tunley as the Rococo version of the Baroque cantata.


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La Feste de Cloris


for soprano, violins, flutes, oboes, bassoon and continuo

Price: £ 7.90

Although La Feste de Cloris is termed a cantata in its title, it shows the characteristics of the cantatille genre, consisting of three airs and a short recitative, interspersed with instrumental pieces involving flutes, violins, oboes, and a bassoon, and which require considerable skill to perform. Two of the pieces are called musettes, and involve the instruments imitating the hurdy-gurdy; some cantatilles of this later period are actually scored for this instrument. La Feste de Cloris is a delightful and entertaining piece, and justly deserves to be known and played.

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