Although they were not destined for the concert hall, and like virtually all music of the time, these pieces and dances are fundamentally gestural, referring to movements of the body.

In this “danced recital”, Alban Richard improvises on dance suites by Louis and François Couperin which have been carefully selected by Christophe Rousset.

Couperin Days: Born 350 years ago this year, François Couperin (1668–1733) is the musician of intimacy. Foregoing glory in his time, he decided instead to endow the harpsichord with a timelessly original, poetic voice. Although he never wrote for large choir or orchestra, his chamber music is substantial and champions a precise aesthetic perspective: to combine the French style and the Italian style to achieve, as he himself stated, “the perfection of music.”

ALBAN RICHARD, choreographer and dancer

Improvisation on dance suites by Louis and François COUPERIN

Sunday, October 21st 2018 at 2:00pm
Duration: 1 Hrs 30 Min

For tickets and information: 514-285-2000

Bourgie Concert Hall, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) complex, is a 444-seat venue located in the restored Erskine and American Church (designed in 1894 in Neo-Romanesque style by architect Alexander Cowper Hutchison). Designated a national historic site in 1998, the transformed setting is now graced with high-quality acoustics and an exceptional décor incorporating 20 historic Tiffany stained glass windows. Ideal for performances by chamber-music ensembles, string orchestras, and other groups, Bourgie Concert Hall offer music lovers an auditory repertoire as diverse as the MMFA collections

Bourgie Concert Hall
1339 Sherbrooke Street West,
Montreal, Quebec
H3G 2E8