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Suite in D major

Marais: Suite in D major

This suite of six pieces in D major for three bass viols and harpsichord continuo by Marais was published in his fourth book of viol pieces in 1717. Marais seems to have been very proud of this work, which he advertised as being the first written for three bass viols in France, and one can see that he lavished a great deal of care in crafting each movement. The artistic quality of this work may surprise you, from the sumptuous Prelude and fugal Legèrement and a voluptuous Sarabande to a remarkably witty closing Rondeau marked not only by its charming refrain but also by the appearance of pots and pans that characterise the French charivari, in which the love-making of newlyweds is raucously disrupted by the din of revellers demonstrating outside the bridal chamber.

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