The Deller Consort:
In early seventeenth-century Italy, long-established vocal forms such as the madrigal and motet were radically transformed and several new forms - opera, oratorio, and cantata among them - emerged: this new music was founded on the recently invented basso continuo and was generally more dramatic in character. The changes are vividly displayed in the music of Monteverdi, the most universal composer of the age; this group of four programmes also shows that other composers of the time were equally at home in various aspects of the new style.
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A portrait in words and drums of Toussaint Louverture
On August 4, 1791, the slaves of Haiti attended a voodoo meeting in the forest. A week later they rose against their French masters, burning and pillaging. The slave Toussaint seized control of the mobs and disciplined them into a splendid army; and in 1796 he established the Black Republic, aided by Sonthonax, a passionate believer in the rights of man. In 1802 Napoleon despatched the Grand Army to subdue Toussaint, whom they captured under a flag of truce. He was taken to France and murdered slowly by brutal imprisonment. 'There's not a breathing of the common wind that will forget thee,' wrote Wordsworth of Toussaint.
(The recorded broadcast of Sept. 9)
H. A L.
Billy Baptiste, his companion, after wards his servant:
Boukmans voodoo priest:
Negro Generals - John Francis:
Negro Generals - Dessalines:
Commissioners of the French National Assembly - Ailhaud:
Commissioners of the French National Assembly - Sonthonax:
Commissioners of the French National Assembly - Polverel:
French Soldiers under Leclerc - Grenadier Face:
French Soldiers under Leclerc - Grenadier Pile:
Baillie, Toussaint's gaoler at Fort de Joux:
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