Le Parnasse au Féminin
Baroque au féminin
Works from French women composers : Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre, Mademoiselle Duval, Hélène-Louise Demars, Julie Pinel and Françoise Charlotte de Saint-Nectaire.
Foison : contemporary creation by Émilie Girard-Charest for Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu.
Saskia Salembier, mezzo soprano
Reynier Guerrero and Sayaka Shinoda, violins
Aude Walker-Viry, cello
Nicolas Muzy, theorbo
Florian Gazagne, bassoon
Patrick Rudant, traverso
Franck-Emmanuel Comte, harpsichord and musical direction
Julien Dubruque, musicologist
Chamber version : 4 artists (mezzo soprano, violin, cello, harpsichord)
Orchestral version : 8 artists (mezzo soprano, 2 violins, cello, theorbo, bassoon, traverso, harpsichord)
From the beginning of the 17th century onwards, music and the arts formed a fundamental part of the education of all well-born young women in France. Le Parnasse au féminin is a programme designed around the works of women composers from the French Enlightenment, such as the tragédie lyrique Céphale et Procris by Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, a protégée of Louis XIV, or Les Génies, an opéra-ballet by Mademoiselle Duval. Lighter works by Françoise de Saint-Nectaire, Julie Pinel and Hélène-Louise Demars, three women composers whose audaciousness rewarded them well-deserved recognition. As a modern echo, these works will be interspersed with the movements from a specially commissioned work by composer Caroline Marçot, born in 1974.
Gabrielle Oliveira Guyon