The Chaconne in G Major for two viols and harpsichord by
Marin Marais can be found in his first book of viol pieces published in 1686. Marais, one
of the greatest lyrical voices of the French Baroque, remained essentially undiscovered
until the Early Music revival for the simple reason that his instrumental style is so
closely connected with the rather specialised practices of the French viola da gamba on
which he developed an idiom of amazing finesse and expression. The Chaconne literally
revels in the lilting formal gestures of the Lullian ballet.