In the Wake of the Marseillaise

Thu. Dec 13, 2018 at 8:00pm EST
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In the Wake of the Marseillaise

Jessica Gould, Soprano & Pascal Valois, Early Romantic Guitar

In the Wake of the Marseillaise

Songs of Love, Loss, and Triumph from the Age of Emancipation

The fall of the Ancien Régime radically re-shuffled the social order throughout European capitals, ushering in a new era in inter-religious understanding and mass democratization.

As the ghetto walls separating Jew from Gentile came tumbling down along with the unquestioning acceptance of clerical and royal authority, a newly ascendant bourgeois class demanded new compositions for the domestic sphere, with popular references and playable scores accessible to those with neither an aristocratic pedigree nor a piano.

Songs for soprano and Early Romantic Guitar by Cimarosa, Crescentini, Doisy, Haydn, Domenico Puccini and Fernando Sor join jewel-like arrangements from the popular operas of the day by Rossini and Halévy, speaking of an age of liberation and a growing taste for Bel Canto singing.

The historic Brotherhood Synagogue on Gramercy Park, housed in a mid 19th-century structure that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad, sets the stage for songs from an age of liberation.

Pascal Valois, French Canadian virtuoso on Early Romantic Guitar, joins soprano and Salon/Sanctuary Artistic Director Jessica Gould, playing an instrument constructed in 1820.

“A dramatic intensity that honored the text” ­— The New York Times

“Pascal Valois and his instrument are united in an absolutely masterful and rigorous delivery.”— Journal Le Métropolitain de Toronto

"gentle and affecting...intense and dramatic...a joyous luminosity" — Lute News, UK

"An extraordinary voice, very clear diction, rich and inimitable sound" — Monica Huggett

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The Center for Jewish History 15 West 16th Street
New York City, NY 10003