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Samuel Le Bihan
It's late 17th century. The viola da gamba player Monsieur de Sainte Colombe comes home to find that his wife died while he was away. In his grief he builds a small house in his garden into which he moves to dedicate his life to music and his two young daughters Madeleine and Toinette, avoiding the outside world. Rumor about him and his music is widespread, and even reaches to the court of Louis XIV, who wants him at his court in Lully's orchestra, but Monsieur de Sainte Colombe refuses. One day a young man, Marin Marais, comes to see him with a request, he wants to be taught how to play the viola. Written by
Daniel Bjoerkman <Daniel.Bjoerkman@p16.lurivax.ct.se>
[in French, using English subtitles]
Open your mouth so we can hear you. I can't follow you. You're not listening. You're going too fast. Let's start over with the first notes of the song. Stop! The Master has signalled. The Master would speak. Speak, Master.
Each note should end dying.
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This is a movie about a famous (albeit somewhat mysterious)"viol" player and composer in XVII century France. The viol was the direct ancestor of the violin. The French school for this instrument is very important , although too often forgotten since the violin took over. The movie presents what little is known about the composer. This makes a very romantic and fascinating plot. The music is outstanding and was a best-seller in many european countries.It is played by some of the best early music interpreters. Photography of the "Ile de France" scenery and acting are both very good. The combination should not fail to entrance all lovers of baroque music. I hope someone comes up with a DVD version ,to further enhance the musical enchantment.
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