The Secret of Mr. MARAIS
This project, enterely devoted to Marais's music, alternate the most beautiful viol pièceswith orchestral interventions, in a theatrical dialogue between the solo pièces de violeand the Tutti.All pieces clarified at the light of the new discovery of the secret “codes” of Marin Marais.
The music of Marin Marais (1656-1728), masterpiece of a musician who never travelled out of Paris, represents together with the works of Lully and Rameau, the most important musical heritage left by the France to Europe for the XVII and XVIII centuries.
Marais was one of the preferred musician by Louis XIV, and besides his work as virtuosoand composer, Marais has been during his all life a very engaged teacher and editor of his own compositions. At this aim he invented some special signes for the ornamentation of his compositions.
Vittorio Ghielmi has recently discovered some documents which are unique in the history of music: some new scores by Marais, bringing an enormous quantity of special signs in code, added at hand by Marais himself or his pupils to each note. These marks describe in minimal details how to execute the written music, and bring us to a new insight to the French baroque music, extremely different from the interpretation commonly in use nowadays. The signs are not a static description (as in treatises) but dynamic explanations written directly on each note, a kind of video ante litteram. This new insight affects not only the gamba repertorie, but also the style of the singing or of the orchestral playing for baroque music.
Vittorio Ghielmi plays on a very rare viola da gamba of Michel Colichon (Paris 1688). Colichon was the “inventor”of the French seven string viola da gamba, and worked together with Ms. de St. Colombe, the teacher of Marais. Marais brought the repertoire of the French viol to perfection, from his first book Premier livre de pièces de viole(1686) and his fifth book (1728). In the same period he wrote some of the most famous French Opéras (Alcyone etc.) and lot of chamber music.