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Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien Ensemble
Classical AND Folk Baroque Era Music!
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Seems finding something fun & challenging for me to play is the least of my problems... 

Found a wonderful, and prolific, ensemble in France - of International musicians dedicated to Classical & Folk Baroque music!   Graham Mackenzie (Ireland) & David Greenberg (Cape Breton) are the violinists in the group.  François Lazarevitch id the director/flautist & musette player (small bagpipe).  There's 2 French Viola da Gamba players, a Cellist, but many other instrumentalists!

Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien Ensemble

It's hard for me to think of Turlough O'Carolan as a Baroque Composer, but he was composing Irish music during that era! 

...and YES, Irish & Scottish musicians traveled through Europe even before the Baroque era of music! 

Not only did I just find great variations of Edward Corcoran, but OH NOOOOOOO, 'accidentally' listened to When She Cam Ben, She Bobbit - another O'Carolan tune in Em! 

Well, no holding me back now! 

The High Road to Kilkenny - Video Playlist

THERE'S A LOT TO LIKE ON THIS ALBUM - a few vocals, not much & FREE sheet music for many tunes in this album at thesession.org!

 

They have SO MANY other albums!  CLASSICAL Baroque, too! 

Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien - YouTube Channel Playlists

Purcell: Songs & Dances - Video Playlist

 

 

La Veillée imaginaire: Airs populaires harmonisés, de Chopin à Canteloube - Video Playlist 

(The Imaginary Vigil: Harmonized Popular Airs, from de Chopin to Canteloube)

 

C'était une p'tit' jeune fille - Mariez-moi (La chanson populaire et les écrivains romantiques, 1931) 

...there's MORE!

The temptation to listen to all these albums & learn more music is hard to resist, but I need to free myself up & take a closer look at the Fiddle Hell Schedule to see what I want to attend - it'll be here before I know it!!!! 🤯 

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Yes, Turlough O'Carolan was influenced by several Italian Baroque composers and wrote some music in continental European dance forms. He admired Corelli and Vivaldi, and became friends with Geminiani who visited Ireland regularly for decades and lived in Dublin for the last three years of his life.

Similarly, in Scotland during the Baroque and Classical eras, folk fiddlers and orchestral violinists were mostly the exact same people. There was a surprising amount of musical cross-pollination at that time.

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Katy Adelson did an arrangement of O’Carolan tunes for violin duets/trios called 15 Irish Fiddle Airs that I got recently than I’m liking a lot.    

She talks about the book here before she released it (in 2019):

Example of one of the tunes- Captain O’Kane:

Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.

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AndrewH said

Yes, Turlough O'Carolan was influenced by several Italian Baroque composers and wrote some music in continental European dance forms. He admired Corelli and Vivaldi, and became friends with Geminiani who visited Ireland regularly for decades and lived in Dublin for the last three years of his life.

 

Similarly, in Scotland during the Baroque and Classical eras, folk fiddlers and orchestral violinists were mostly the exact same people. There was a surprising amount of musical cross-pollination at that time.

@AndrewH -

Thank you for this wonderful additional info!

@SharonC -

Thank you so much for the info on Katy Adelson's book! 

There is so much more music by O'Carolan, so I started a Turlough O'Carolan Thread.

 

Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien - play some O'Carolan pieces, but they have 10 albums to explore, playing a very diverse array of Baroque music. 

JS Bach Suite in B minor for Flute, Strings and BC BWV 1067 

 

From their Danses des bergers, danses des loups: Musiques traditionnelles du coeur de la France album Playlist (Dances of the Shepherds, Dances of the Wolves: Traditional Music From The Heart of France).

L'Ajassone, Bonjour Françoise - really like this 1st one with the drone! 

 

From their "The Queen's Delight: English Songs and Country Dances of the 17th & 18th Centuries" album Playlist - this is the album I learned "Bonny Kathern Loggy" from!

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