La Feste de Cloris


François Bouvard (c.1683-1760)

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

Ref. no Bou 1 (in 'cantatas')           sample page      cover page      To order:     

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.