20. April 2020 · Comments Off on Happy Monday To You · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: ,

How about we start with this easy little number (hah!):

From the YouTube page:
Dear friends, I hope you and your families are well and I wanted to wish a happy Easter to my Christian friends ! Here is a new video of the Lockdown Wind Quintet ? the concept is simple but very hard : 5 people recording themselves with a phone and headphones, trying to make music together despite the distance ? we are playing here the Prelude, which is a fugue in 3 voices in E minor, of the famous suite for solo piano by Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin in the arrangement of Mason Jones for wind quintet. Composed between 1914 and 1917, the piece is in six movements, based on those of a traditional Baroque suite. The word tombeau in the title is a musical term popular from the 17th century, meaning “a piece written as a memorial”. The specific Couperin, among a family noted as musicians for about two centuries, that Ravel intended to evoke is thought to be François Couperin “the Great” (1668–1733). Ravel stated that his intention was to pay homage more generally to the sensibilities of the Baroque French keyboard suite, not necessarily to imitate or pay tribute to Couperin himself in particular.
With Magali Mosnier (flute) Hélène Devilleneuve (oboe) Hugues Viallon (French horn) and Julien Hardy (French bassoon).

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