60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Marais, Sonnerie de Saint Geneviève
The Sonnerie de Saint Geneviève du Mont de Paris (The Bells of St. Genevieve) of Marin Marais, performed by Spectre de la Rose, is featured on CD 1 in the WRTI 60th Anniversary Classical 3-CD set.
The French composer and viol player Marin Marais was one of the leading figures in French music of his day. After composition studies with Jean-Baptist Lully, and bass viol with Saint-Colombe, a master of the instrument, he landed a job in the royal court of Versailles and had a great deal of success as a court musician.
His Sonnerie de Sainte Geneviève du Mont de Paris is actually part of a larger collection of virtuoso viol pieces and is probably his most famous work, and was composed in 1723.