Couperin, Lully, Clérambault, et al.

French Baroque Music of New Orleans: Spiritual Songs from the Ursuline Convent (1736)
Musique française baroque à la Nouvelle-Orléans. Receuil d’airs spirituels des Ursulines (1736)
Essays by: Jean Duron, Jennifer Gipson, Andrew Justice, Alfred E. Lemmon, Mark McKnight. Edited by Alfred E. Lemmon

Historic New Orleans Collection. New Orleans, 2014. Oblong, 27 x 21 cm, 29, 254 pp. $110

French Baroque Music of New Orleans
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In 1754 the Ursuline nuns of New Orleans received a gift from France, an illustrated manuscript copy entitled “Nouvelles poésies spirituelles et morales”. The ms consists of a compilation of contrafacts—popular melodies reworked with spiritual lyrics. The Historic New Orleans Collection acquired the ms in 1998 and now is pleased to present a full-color facsimile accompanied by in-depth commentaries in English and French. The composers include Couperin, Lully, Clérambault and many others. The contributing essays on sacred parody and music in colonial Louisiana provide scholars and performers alike with new insight into this genre. Wrappers.

French Baroque Music of New Orleans, cover

(see listing of other vocal works from the Baroque period)

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