Saturday, 25 May 2013


“The purpose of labour is to gain leisure.” - Aristotle

A very busy Saturday filled with the usual chores, and unending domestic duties. At least, there was a certain satisfaction with getting things done and out of the way. And some more sand ran out of the hourglass...

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689-1755) was probably the most prolific French composer ever. He wrote enough works to make a living off his métier, thus not requiring any patrons during his life. This independence allowed him to please himself and while he wrote much music agreeable to public taste, he also experimented with different combinations of instruments, like his Op.15 Concerti for 5 solo flutes.

Here is his Sonata in G minor for two violas da gamba. It is a recording from a concert in Thoiry Castle, France, in 2004. José Vazquez and Lucia Krommer are playing violas da gamba made by J. Stainer, 1671 and M. Albanus, 1706.

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