In association with Music & Beyond (musicandbeyond.ca)
Featuring an introduction and performance by Mélisande Corriveau
It’s late 17th century. The viola da gamba player Monsieur de Sainte Colombe comes home to find that his wife died while he was away. In his grief he builds a small house in his garden into wich he moves to dedicate his life to music and his two young daughters Madeleine and Toinette, avoiding the outside world.
Rumours about him and his music is widespread, and even reaches to the court of Louis XIV, who wants him at his court in Lully’s orchestra, but Monsieur de Sainte Colombe refuses. One day a young man, Marin Marais, comes to see him with a request, he wants to be taught how to play the violin.
Further enjoy the music celebrated in this film at Music & Beyond’s presentation of L’Harmonie des saisons: Music for the King’s Chamber / Musiques intimes pour la chambre du roy on July 12th.