Wednesday 4 December 2019
Tune of the Day: Les Ramages by Montéclair
for two flutes
This is the tenth movement of the fifth of six Concerts à deux Flutes Traversières sans Basse by the French Baroque composer Michel Pignolet de Montéclair. The French title of the piece, les Ramages, could be translated as “Birdsongs”. In fact, the composer explicitly tried to emulate the singing of different species of birds: le rossignol (the nightingale), le serain de Canarie (the canary), les poules (the hens), le perroquet (the parrot), le merle (the blackbird), le coucou (the cuckoo), and le coq d'Inde (the turkey).