FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2008, 8:00PM
The Pleasures Of Love And Libation:
Aires by Julie Pinel and other Parisian women

Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Avenue

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Boston-based La Donna Musicale is joined by tenor Aaron
Sheehan, an audience favorite, as they explore the contribution
of Parisian women composers to the French Baroque and
Rococo genres. Recreating the sounds of the Parisian salon,
this delightful group features works by Julie Pinel and other
Parisian women, including Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre.
A sacred work by Antonia Bembo is also included.

The voices, with flute accompaniment, are supported by the
captivating tones of the harpsichord and viola de gamba.

“Kudos to La Donna Musicale as they champion the
unheard music of women composers.”
— Early Music America

Preconcert talk at 7:00pm
Laury Gutiérrez, Founding Director of La Donna Musicale

             Houston Early Music is funded in part by
             grants from the City of Houston through
             the Houston Arts Alliance.


La Donna Musicale — artist biographies

La Donna Musicale Aaron Sheehan


La Donna Musicale is a unique ensemble dedicated to the historically-informed performance of music by women composers from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods and to the performance of contemporary music by women. Praised by Early Music America for its “excellent performers” and “outstanding music stylishly performed,” the Boston-based ensemble has given the modern world premieres of works by Antonia Bembo, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Maria Xaviera Peruchona and Julie Pinel, among others. La Donna Musicale’s performers are trained in the study of historical performance practice and the group frequently collaborates with noted musicologists Claire Fontijn, Robert Kendrick, David Lasocki, Thierry Favier, and Catherine Gordon-Seifert. In addition to concerts in the U.S. and in Europe, La Donna Musicale has been featured in educational programs such as Meet the Performer at Harvard University and Learning to Listen at Bryn Mawr College.

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LA DONNA MUSICALE: THE PLEASURES OF LOVE AND LIBATION: Airs by Julie Pinel and other Parisian women


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Fri., Sept. 26, 2008, 8:00PM
THE PLEASURES OF LOVE AND LIBATION: Airs by Julie Pinel and other Parisian women.
Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Avenue

7:00 p.m.
Preconcert talk, Laury Gutiérrez Director

Houston Early Music will open its new season on Friday, September 26, 2008 with a program of Baroque music by Parisian women composers. Boston-based La Donna Musicale ( will be joined by tenor Aaron Sheehan in ensemble’s first Houston performance. The Pleasures of Love and Libation: Airs by Julie Pinel and other Parisian Women recreates the luxuriant environment of an intimate Parisian salon replete with the sounds of voices in solo and duo settings with flute, violin, harpsichord, and viola da gamba. The seventeenth-century salons served as unique gathering places where women artists and intellectuals met to perform and discuss sacred and secular music, as well as literature and fine arts.

In addition to works by Julie Pinel (fl. 1737), the program includes works by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre and Antonia Bembo. The performance will be at 8:00 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1311 Holman (at Caroline). There will be a preconcert talk at 7:00 p.m. by Laury Gutiérrez, Founding Director of La Donna Musicale.

Praised by Early Music America for its “excellent performers…outstanding music stylishly performed,” La Donna Musicale is dedicated to historically-based performance of music by women composers of the Renaissance through contemporary periods. The ensemble has given the modern premieres of works by Chiara Cozzolani, Antonia Bembo, Julie Pinel, and Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, among others, and these concerts have been chosen as Boston Globe “Classical Picks.”

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors, $10 for students, under 15 free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744.


Rossignols vous chantez                                             Julie Pinel
Air sérieux avec accompagnement de flûtes                   (fl. 1710–1737)
from Nouveau recueil d’airs sérieux et à boire, 1737
Porquoy le berger qui m’engage                                Pinel    
Brunette à deux dessus
Boccages frais                                                               Pinel    
Brunette à deux dessus
Violin Sonata II in D major                                         Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre
Sonates pour le viollon, 1707                                          (1665-1729)
Echos indiscrets, taisez vous                                       Pinel   
Air sérieux
Bergères, voulez vous m’en croire,                              Mlle. Herault     
Chansonnette from Recueil d’airs sérieux et à boire   
C. Ballard, printer, 1702
Scène Pastorale                                                             Pinel
Trio Sonata in D major                                                 Jacquet de la Guerre
from ms., c.1695
Grave-Vivace e Presto-adagio-Allegro-Adagio-Allegro-Aria Afectuoso
Psalm VI: Domine in furore tuo arguas me               Antonia Bembo
Aux plus heureux Amants                                           Mlle. ***           
Air à boire from Recueil d’airs sérieux et à boire        
C. Ballard, printer, 1696


Lydia Knutson, soprano
Aaron Sheehan, tenor
Na’ama Lion, baroque flute
Laura Gulley, violin
Ruth McKay, harpsichord
Laury Gutierrez, viola da gamba, director




In the 17th and 18th centuries, the French air was considered a popular genre, intended for immediate consumption. Highly regarded composers such as Jean-Baptiste Lully and François Couperin, along with their amateur contemporaries, wrote airs exploring the full gamut of human emotions. Whether expressing unrequited love, coyness, lust, drunkenness, sorrow or despair, the air was employed as an emotive vehicle much like the pop tunes of today. French airs are of particular interest to the modern listener because they represent urban music that was separate from the sophisticated taste and etiquette associated with lofty court entertainment.

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