Tabarinades: Music for the theatre of Tabarin / Les Boréades

Audio Samples

>Beaulieu, Labert de : Ballet comique de la reine
>     Excerpt
>     La Petite Entrée
>Estree, Jean d' : Les Bouffons (The Buffens), branle for 5 parts (Tiers livre de danceries)
>Praetorious, Michael : Ballet de Grenouille, for ensemble (Terpsichore musarum)
>Ruffo, Vincenzo : La Piva, capriccio for ensemble (Capricci in musica a 3 voci)
>Anonymous, French : Bouree d'Avignonez (Philidor's Recueil de Plusieurs vieux Airs, XXII)
>Ruffo, Vincenzo : El Travagliato, for recorders
>Ruffo, Vincenzo : El Trapolato, capriccio for ensemble (Capricci in musica a 3 voci)
>Planson, Jehan : Amour ne pouvant vivre avec la feintise, chanson setting for ensemble (Airs mis en musique a parties
>Lupo, Thomas : Pavane for ensemble
>Pechon, Andre : Si quis diligit me, motet
>Dumanoir, Guillaume : Suite
>     Ouverture
>     Hungaresca
>     Allegro
>     Courante
>Dumanoir, Guillaume : Libertas, for ensemble
>Arcadelt, Jacques : Da bei rami scendea, madrigal for 4 voices, S. 7/30
>Anonymous, French : Pavane fait au mariage de Mr. Vandosme (Philidor's Recueil de Plusieurs vieux Airs, XVI)
>Praetorious, Michael : Volte (Terpsichore, 229)
>Crecquillon, Thomas : Onques amor
>Della Casa, Girolamo : Oncques amours, diminutions for ensemble after Thomas Crecquillon (Il vero modo di diminuir)
>Guédron, Pierre : Si jamais mon ame blessee
>Planson, Jehan : Enfin ce cour volant qui tenait a louange, chanson setting for ensemble (Airs mis en musique a 4 par
>Planson, Jehan : O beaux yeux qui savez si doucement charmer, chanson setting for ensemble (Airs mis en musique a 4 p
>Boësset, Antoine : Objet dont les charmes
>Caietain, Fabrice Marin : Vous ne me verrez point par mille inventions, chanson
>Colpron, Francis : Four branles and two gavottes for ensemble (after Praetorius and Caroubel)

Album Summary

>Beaulieu, Labert de : Ballet comique de la reine
>Estree, Jean d' : Les Bouffons (The Buffens), branle for 5 parts (Tiers livre de danceries)
>Praetorious, Michael : Ballet de Grenouille, for ensemble (Terpsichore musarum)
>Ruffo, Vincenzo : La Piva, capriccio for ensemble (Capricci in musica a 3 voci)
>Anonymous, French : Bouree d'Avignonez (Philidor's Recueil de Plusieurs vieux Airs, XXII)
>Ruffo, Vincenzo : El Travagliato, for recorders
>Ruffo, Vincenzo : El Trapolato, capriccio for ensemble (Capricci in musica a 3 voci)
>Planson, Jehan : Amour ne pouvant vivre avec la feintise, chanson setting for ensemble (Airs mis en musique a parties
>Lupo, Thomas : Pavane for ensemble
>Pechon, Andre : Si quis diligit me, motet
>Dumanoir, Guillaume : Suite
>Dumanoir, Guillaume : Libertas, for ensemble
>Arcadelt, Jacques : Da bei rami scendea, madrigal for 4 voices, S. 7/30
>Anonymous, French : Pavane fait au mariage de Mr. Vandosme (Philidor's Recueil de Plusieurs vieux Airs, XVI)
>Praetorious, Michael : Volte (Terpsichore, 229)
>Crecquillon, Thomas : Onques amor
>Della Casa, Girolamo : Oncques amours, diminutions for ensemble after Thomas Crecquillon (Il vero modo di diminuir)
>Guédron, Pierre : Si jamais mon ame blessee
>Planson, Jehan : Enfin ce cour volant qui tenait a louange, chanson setting for ensemble (Airs mis en musique a 4 par
>Planson, Jehan : O beaux yeux qui savez si doucement charmer, chanson setting for ensemble (Airs mis en musique a 4 p
>Boësset, Antoine : Objet dont les charmes
>Caietain, Fabrice Marin : Vous ne me verrez point par mille inventions, chanson
>Colpron, Francis : Four branles and two gavottes for ensemble (after Praetorius and Caroubel)
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Founded in 1991 by Francis Colpron, Les Boréades is known for an interpretative approach in keeping with the spirit of the Baroque era. By adhering to the known rules of performance practice and by playing on period instruments they have brought the music of this era to life within a contemporary context. Amongst the composers included on this CD are Lambert Beaulieu and the famous German composer Michael Prætorius.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, Canada (01/2011).



Reviews

French Dances and Songs with Instruments for the Theater of Tabarin
The enchanting pieces for recorder and period instruments on the CD “Tabarinades” invite the imagination to picture the town square in seventeenth-century Paris, with crowds passing by and encountering the sport and song of the entertainment troupe. Soon the harangue begins, exhorting the crowd to buy the elixirs and tonics of the charlatans, while they enjoy the jokes and pranks playing on the stage in front of them.


There is much symbolism and rich appeal for the scene created, inviting the listener to the commedia della arte of half a millennium ago. The perky, impish tunes are re-imagined and performed by Les Boreades under the direction of creator Francis Colpron. The derivation of the names Tabarinades and Les Boreades are an enticement to acquire this CD just to learn about the clever naming of the collection and performers.


What was the world like in the century 1550-1650, the time represented by the compositions heard here? Elizabeth I came to power; the Spanish Armada sailed and was defeated; Cervantes and Shakespeare wrote their masterpieces; Magellan, Decartes, and Galileo made the universe more understandable and accessible. Paris was a new city, and the careers of the Tabarin players prospered during this age. Drama began its renewal, and music expanded into the public arena.


Francis Colpron has for a score of years been polishing and performing this very appealing music, and has promulgated it to the world on period instruments. His international teaching, awards, and performances assure his place among world-famous achievers. Even his picture promises a personality full of fun and enjoyment. Twenty-first century Montreal is a time warp away from 17th-century Paris. But Mr. Colpron and Les Boreades have performed and rejuvenated this music in their home city and internationally, winning grants and awards for their work.


These pieces are “street music” and “court music” for fun, satire, and enjoyment; while some are quite lovely, they are not the serious music of Tallis, Schutz, and Frescobaldi. This collection will be a favorite for listening, for education in period music, for learners of period instruments, or even for background during a party.

Submitted on 09/22/11 by howsweetthesound 
An unusual CD!
Jean Salomon, born around 1584, became a street entertainer and actor named Tabarin. He and his colleagues, the brothers Antoine and Philippe Girard, established themselves in an open-air theater in the Place Dauphine, a public square in central Paris. They gave lively daily shows, which attracted people from all walks of life. In their playlets, Mondor (Philippe Girard), a prolix and bookish doctor and charlatan, was constantly pestered with questions, some serious, some frivolous, by his mischievous and perpetually curious valet (Tabarin). Mondor always had an answer which, of course, the clown Tabarin impudently mocked, objected to, or asked for elaborations. Mondor invariably lost patience and insulted Tabarin. Much of Tabarin’s comic appeal came from his outlandish costumes and farcical accessories, such as a wooden sword. Near the stage they kept a chest of opiates, balms, drugs, syrups, potions, and quack medicine for sale to gullible onlookers.
Once weekly, on Fridays, accompanied by musicians, an expanded troupe performed more elaborate farces. These vigorous, frequently improvised comedies involved caricatures, and virtually nothing was off-limits; slapstick, ribaldry, disguises, drubbings, games of hide-and-seek, and cases of mistaken identity. Each playlet ended with Tabarin presenting the story's seemingly crude but actually quite refined moral.
Music was an integral part of Tabarin's farces. This CD contains dances and songs composed for the troupe by fifteen different composers, one of whom was the famous German composer Michael Praetorius (real name Michael Schultze). The performances and recording are exemplary; an interesting CD!
Ted Wilks
Submitted on 09/25/11 by Ted Wilks 
Le Theatre de Tabarin
Under the artistic direction of Francis Colpron, Montreal based Les Boreades has amassed a sizable discography since its inception some 20 years ago. The organizing principle behind their latest outing is intriguing. The program consists of pieces (predominately dance inspired) which very likely may have supported the myriad public presentations of one Jean Salomon (1584-1633) aka Tabarin, a popular street entertainer, actor, author of farcical material, charlatan and pitchman. The arrangements are mostly the work of Colpron. Les Boreades’ imaginative realization of instrumental color and sheer rhythmic verve are abundant throughout the 27 selections included on this disc. Some of the more salient examples of the ensemble’s considerable artistry can be savored in the following selections: Tracks 2, 7, 13, 19 and 27. The engineering is full bodied and transparent with loads of depth and dynamic punch. In addition to the origin of the pieces, the extensive liner notes chronicle more than one could ever hope to learn about the sundry exploits of Monsieur Tabarin.
Submitted on 10/31/11 by conway 
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Works Details

>Beaulieu, Labert de : Ballet comique de la reine :: Excerpt
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Ballet

>Jean d' Estrée (15th Century - 1576) : Les Bouffons (The Buffens), branle for 5 parts (Tiers livre de danceries)
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1559

>Beaulieu, Labert de : Ballet comique de la reine :: La Petite Entrée
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Ballet

>Praetorious, Michael : Ballet de Grenouille, for ensemble (Terpsichore musarum)
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 1 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Ballet

>Ruffo, Vincenzo : La Piva, capriccio for ensemble (Capricci in musica a 3 voci)
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, French : Bourée d'Avignonez (Philidor's Recüeil de Plusieurs vieux Airs, XXII)
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.

>Ruffo, Vincenzo : El Travagliato, for recorders
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Ruffo, Vincenzo : El Trapolato, capriccio for ensemble (Capricci in musica a 3 voci)
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Planson, Jehan : Amour ne pouvant vivre avec la feintise, chanson setting for ensemble (Airs mis en musique à parties
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Lupo, Thomas : Pavane for ensemble
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>André Péchon : Si quis diligit me, motet
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Dumanoir, Guillaume : Suite :: Ouverture
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.

>Dumanoir, Guillaume : Suite :: Hungaresca
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.

>Dumanoir, Guillaume : Suite :: Allegro
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.

>Dumanoir, Guillaume : Suite :: Courante
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.

>Dumanoir, Guillaume : Libertas, for ensemble
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.

>Arcadelt, Jacques : Da bei rami scendea, madrigal for 4 voices, S. 7/30
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1542

>Anonymous, French : Pavane fait au mariage de Mr. Vandosme (Philidor's Recüeil de Plusieurs vieux Airs, XVI)
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.

>Praetorious, Michael : Volte (Terpsichore, 229)
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Crecquillon, Thomas : Onques amor
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Della Casa, Girolamo : Oncques amours, diminutions for ensemble after Thomas Crecquillon (Il vero modo di diminuir)
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.

>Pierre Guédron (circa 1570-1575 - circa 1619) : Si jamais mon âme blessée
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Planson, Jehan : Enfin ce cour volant qui tenait à louange, chanson setting for ensemble (Airs mis en musique à 4 par
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Planson, Jehan : O beaux yeux qui savez si doucement charmer, chanson setting for ensemble (Airs mis en musique à 4 p
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Antoine Boësset (1586 - 1643) : Objét dont les charmes
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Caietain, Fabrice Marin : Vous ne me verrez point par mille inventions, chanson
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Colpron, Francis : Four branles and two gavottes for ensemble (after Praetorius and Caroubel)
  • Conductor: Francis Colpron
  • Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.