By Michelene Wandor.
Charpentier, who wrote all the music in this evening's concert, also wrote the first sonata to be composed in FRANCE, commissioned by the Marie, the Duchess of Guise, a cousin of Loius XIV.
This play imagines the encounter between the composer and the duchess in which she asks for a piece of music which will shock the court.
In a flirtatious tussle, hinting of intrigue, she plans an act of cultural revenge.
Directed by Julian May.