Tuesday 24 May 2016
Tune of the Day: Les Voix humaines
by Marin Marais, transcribed for flute and bass intrument
This broodingly contemplative piece, whose title means “the human voices”, appears in French composer Marin Marais's Deuxième livre de pièces de viole, published in 1701. It is the penultimate movement of Suite No. 3 in D major for bass viol and continuo. The viol, or viola da gamba, is a bowed instrument somewhat similar to a cello, but fretted like a guitar. It was very popular during the Baroque period.
Thanks to Leonardo and Caroline for suggesting this piece!