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A French Soiree

An ensemble stops off in France after their exploration of other European centers.

Trio Settecento members from left to right: John Mark Rozendaal, Rachel Barton Pine, and David Schrader

After their musical travels in Germany and Italy, the ensemble Trio Settecento explores the music of the French baroque in their most recent CD, A French Soiree. It includes music by well-known composers from the court of Louis XIV, such as Jean-Baptiste Lully and Jean-Philippe Rameau. But also musicians that did not enjoy the favoritism of the King, as Lully did. Violinist Rachel Barton Pine suggests that the music of the French baroque does not translate well into modern performances for many reasons, and that makes their recording of this repertory all the more important.

Anna Pranger

Anna Pranger moved to Bloomington in 2009 to pursue a degree in music librarianship. Before this, she worked on a degree in music history at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. She serves as both an assistant producer for Harmonia and the Music Library Assistant for WFIU.

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