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Henri IV - An unfinished reign

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Antoine Francisque

Source : ‘Soupirs Meslés d’Amour – Pierre Guédron: airs de cour’; Claudine Ansermet, soprano; Paolo Cherici, luth; Symphonia SY 96153 (1997) (MusiContact).


Among Renaissance instruments, the lute was king. It could be used to play polyphony or accompany singers. It was also, throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, the symbol of a music of intimacy.
This lute prelude comes from the single surviving collection of music by Antoine Francisque (Le Trésor d’Orphée, 1600), who was one of the most famous lutenists under the reign of Henri IV.

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