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François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres Pour Le Mercredi Saint, No. 3, by the Ensemble Desmarets

13 min
François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres Pour Le Mercredi Saint, No. 3, by the Ensemble Desmarets

A third reflection on the Book of Lamentations

Written for organ and voice, this music is slow and lamenting. It shares the grief of Jeremiah, who has witnessed the destruction of Jerusalem by the babylonians. The music works to imitate the wailing of Jeremiah as described in the texts. Permitted by the King to publish his own music, François Couperin scored the circles of the privileged classes of his time. Hear Couperin’s hugely emotive piece lamenting the brutal destruction of a city.

Full concert
François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres With Maïlys de Villoutreys And The Desmarets Ensemble
Eglise des Billettes, Paris
Composer·rice
François Couperin
All artists
  • Ensemble DesmarestInstrumental ensemble