Every year the Festival Marin Marais, first held in 2006, celebrates the birthday of the musician and composer Marin Marais, who played in the court of Louis XIV, the Sun King, for 40 years.
This year 18 Baroque concerts will be performed now throught November 9 at 3 different venues for a one-time price of 10 euros. The musicians work for donations and the venues are the church Temple du Foyer de l’Ame (near Place de la Bastille), in the Lycée Henri IV chapel in St. Germain, and the intimate cellar of 38Riv’.
The first time you attend this unusual event, you fill out a registration sheet and pay the 10 euros. The registrar will give you a membership card. Show this card at each concert. The printed program costs 3 euros, and covers each concert date, the music, the musician biographies, history of the music. (It’s in French.)
At the beginning of the fest late last month, we listened to the Ensemble Marin Marais. Instruments used in the Renaissance and Baroque periods (1600-1700s) and might include a viola de gamba (decorative head), harpsichord, varieties of flutes, theorbo, violoncello, violin, lute, and cittern (cistre).