The Princess And The Carpenter


20040909By Michelene Wandor.

Charpentier, who wrote all the music in this evening's concert, also wrote the first sonata to be composed in FRANCE, commissioned by the Marie, the Duchess of Guise, a cousin of Loius XIV.

This play imagines the encounter between the composer and the duchess in which she asks for a piece of music which will shock the court.

In a flirtatious tussle, hinting of intrigue, she plans an act of cultural revenge.

Marie....Miriam Margolyes

Charpentier....Sam Dastor

Directed by Julian May.