Blainville – Suite Turque
Marche des Jannissaires
Danse de chypre
The PDF includes:
- Arrangement for Traverso, two violins, viola, violoncello & percussion ad libitum by Javier Lupiáñez as performed by Les Esprits Animaux (Watch video!)
Blainville – Suite Turque, performed by Les Esprits Animaux
Blainville was born in 1711 in Tours and died in Paris in 1769. In the spirit of the time Blainville was a practical musician, composer, theorist, historian and, in some way, an encyclopedist. As practical musician and composer he was cellist and it is known that he played his own compositions at the Concert Spirituel in Paris, but neither his performances nor his compositions met with outstanding success.
As theorist Blainville claimed the discovery of a third mode (mode mixte) between major and minor, unfortunately his harmonic theories did not have the expected success.
As historian and encyclopedist we found his work “Historie générale et philologique de la musique”, published in Paris in 1767. The work is in consonance with other contemporaries works such as Rousseau’s Dictonaire de Musique (1768) or the Essai sur la musique ancienne et moderne, published around 1780 by M. de Laborde and Pierre Joseph Roussier. As in these works, the work of Blainville broadly covers the musical knowledge, including theoretical-musical, stylistic, historical and ethnographic aspects. Framed in this last aspect we find a chapter
dedicated to the music of the Turks. And it is in this chapter we find the musical pieces used in this arrangement.