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Chaconne La Leclair

Forqueray: Chaconne La Buisson

A famous epithet of the early 18th century contrasted Marais with his arch-rival Antoine Forqueray, stating that Marais played as much like an angel as Forqueray played like the devil. The comparison is a useful one, but oversimplifies the musical characters of both composers. In this piece by Forqueray which you can hear Forqueray both in his demonic, almost Paganinian pose. In the Chaconne La Buisson you'll hear the galant and bucolic side to Forqueray's output. Only just before the final cadence in the chaconne does Forqueray disclose an impish sign of impatience with pastoral pretences in a striking moment of ill-mannered extravagance.

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