Angles and Saxons at the North Sea shore

Early seventeenth- century dances and airs by Englishmen Anthony Holborne and John Dowland, and expatriates Thomas Simpson and William Brade, played alongside works of their German-speaking counterparts, Melchior Franck and Johann Hermann Schein, composer of the famed but rarely heard collection Banchetto Musicale.

with Webb Wiggins, harpsichord


Fit for Two Kings

An extravaganza of music, scenes, and images for strings and voices from the courts of Louis XIII & XIV.
The year 1661 was a huge turning point in the history of France--Louis XIV took over the reins of the kingdom in earnest, and everyone was very intent on impressing him. 1661 marks the year that Beauchamp was unseated by Lully as music master (but stayed on to be the King's dancing master).

Quince puts this turning point in perspective starting with dances from the court of Louis XIII, the Sun King's father, then music from The Seasons by Lully, his first truly French work (written with a little help from his French father-in-law, Michel Lambert). The piece was written in a week, and presented at Fontainebleau (Versailles was but a twinkle in the king's eye back then) as a lavish surprise party for Louis to celebrate his majority. Beauchamp's ballet, Les Fâcheux ("The Bores," a Molière libretto), was presented at Vaux-le-Vicomte, and was one of the most lavish productions in France before or since. In fact, it was a bit too lavish for its producer's health. Foucquet went so far overboard that he seemed to outshine the king in wealth. He was imprisoned on sketchy charges, and died in prison, served in his cell by his fellow prisoner, the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask.

This Quince production includes:
• Dances from the Philidor collection (5 part strings)
• Music from Lully's Les Saisons accompanied by a lavish slide show of historical and whimsical modern images (5 part strings)
• Music and hilarious spoken scenes adapted in translation from Beauchamp's The Bores (including an air written by Lully) (5 part strings, harpsichord, 4 singers speaking)
• Sung scenes from a later production, Charpentier's music and Molière's libretto for Le Mariage Forcé, influenced by Lully (4 part strings, harpsichord, 4 singers)


Coming Soon:
for 5 strings and 5 voices
Quince in collaboration with Concerto Incognito
Sonatas, concertos, psalms and Magnificat à 5 by Giovanni Rosenmüller

In Preparation:
Dowland’s exquisite set of pavans based on his lute song “Flow my Tears,” and works it inspired by his contemporaries.
With Aaron Sheehan, tenor