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Charles Mouton Lyrics

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William S.

These are, I believe, the last, or virtually the last, works for solo lute published in France (ca 1698). They are essentially the swan song of this particular tradition of instrumental music, which had developed in the early decades of the seventeenth century. When one considers the incredible subtlety, the emotional and spiritual profundity, the contemplative richness, and the delicate hyperesthesia of this music, one wonders at the shift in taste toward the music of Lully and Corelli that swept it away, and which is almost vulgar by comparison.

Bea Sheerhan

Well, Dear William - practically every before and after Mouton could be considered 'vulgar by comparision.'

Marcos Oliveira

Despite the shift in taste and the great difference in styles, it is almost certain that Mouton knew Lully and that he possibly was acquainted and took part in Versailles musical life.

Frankie Paradiso

The answer lies in decadence: more wenches & wine, and fewer songs of exquisite quality.

Adolfo Dorantes

@Michael i agree totaly with you he is a very sensitive person and knows what he is talking about.

Diabolical Englishman

And what do you wonder as to why the shift? Just wondering myself.

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I have been listening to Hopkinson Smith's recording of Mouton for thirty years now. I still love it. Absolute mastery for one of the truly great composers for the lute


@Bea Sheerhan Well, H. Smith is an exceptional artist. Some other masters could play differently, but not better. This Charles Mouton recording will remain the benchmark.

Bea Sheerhan

Ditto. The album happily landed in my collection in 1983 and I've never turned away from it. The particular lute, the music, the label and the production, and the attitude of Mr. Smith, all make it an immortal gem.

Alessandro Guzzi

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