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Chaconne

Marais: Chaconne

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.


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