La lyre amoureuse – Les Sacqueboutiers et D. Visse

La Lyre Amoureuse

by Dominique Visse and Les Sacqueboutiers

Saturday July 24th, 9 pm – Valloire church

The first line, in French, of Su la cetra amorosa, a piece by Tarquinio Merula, Sur la lyre amoureuse offers an auspicious heading for a programme meant to illustrate the wide range of feelings expressed by Orpheus on his amorous lyre. One recalls how the Greek mythology hero was indeed able to stir emotions even in wild animals.

Between light and shade, this programme alternates the many contrasted nuances of love, from elation to despair, from hope to resignation, exploring the works of some of the most prominent 17th-century composers, such as Giovanni Sances, Barbara Strozzi, Luigi Rossi and of course Tarquinio Merula.

Sur la lyre amoureuse is passionately intent on restoring the richness of the 17th-century repertoire, in which voices and instruments now freely converse in perfect harmony, now blend into the same tone, or vie for virtuosity.

Dominique Visse


© Antonella Spaccini

At the age of 11, Dominique Visse enrols in the Maîtrise de la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

In 1976, he gets to know Alfred Deller, and starts studying with the 20th-century haute-contre pioneer. He also trains with Nigel Rogers, René Jacobs and William Christie. In 1978, he creates the Clément Janequin ensemble; together they make a number of landmark recordings of French Renaissance polyphonic airs. From the start a member of Les Arts Florissants, both as singer and music transcriber, he is, as such, one of the most sought-after artists for baroque opera.

Les Sacqueboutiers

Ensemble de cuivres anciens de Toulouse

Since the creation of the ensemble in 1976, Les Sacqueboutiers have dedicated themselves to the revival of Early brass instruments and of the extensive repertoire of the Renaissance, the golden age for these instruments. They have established themselves as one of the most inventive Early music ensembles. In their long career, they have offered no fewer than 900 concerts and workshops throughout the world, collaborating with the most prestigious ensembles: Jordi Savall & Hesperion XXI, Les Arts Florissants, La Chapelle Royale, La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy, L’ensemble vocal Clément Janequin.

Jean-Pierre Canihac trained in turn at the Toulouse, Versailles and Paris Conservatoires. He was among the first musicians to develop an interest in the study and practice of Early brass instruments in France. He has taught cornett at various Académies Internationales such as Saintes, Geneva, or Barcelona. He has contributed to a large number of recordings, all of them acclaimed by the international press and has in particular achieved worldwide fame for his performance of the formidable cornetto part in Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine.

Daniel Lassalle has earned himself an international reputation for his superlative virtuosity as both trombonist and sackbut player. First Prize for trombone at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur, he currently teaches sackbut at the Lyon Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse and also trombone at the Toulouse Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional.

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Pieces by Sances, Cesare, Merula, Castello, Strozzi, Rossi, Selma y Salaverde and Frescobaldi

Dominique Visse, countertenor

Les Sacqueboutiers

Hélène Médous, violin

Susan Edward, violoncello

Eric Bellocq, theorbo

Yasuko Uyama-Bouvard, organ

Daniel Lassalle, sackbut and direction

Jean-Pierre Canihac, cornett and direction

The Ensemble receives the support of the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication/Préfet de la Région Occitanie, la Région Occitanie, le Conseil Départemental de Haute-Garonne and la Ville de Toulouse. Member of Fevis.