Arizona Early Music Society presents Les Délices in "Tastes Reunited."
Tastes Reunited is based on Les Délices’ critically acclaimed debut recording, named “One of the Top Ten Early Music Discoveries of 2009” by NPR’s Harmonia. In early-eighteenth century France, one's taste for either French or Italian music was practically a political statement. Noble patrons who supported the fashionable Italian music did so in private salons outside of the orbit of Versailles - their activites testified to the waning influence of the absolutist monarchy. As Composer in Ordinary to the King, François Couperin sought to unite these two styles. This program features two suites from Couperin's collection, Les Nations (La Françoise and La Piémontoise), in addition to unusual, witty works by Couperin's student, François Chauvon, and other French composers working in a pseudo-Italianate style.