It’s a trip to 17th century France to kick off this week’s “Zero to 1800”. Host Michael Kramer breaks it down for us:
“Louis de Caix D’Hervelois’ may not be familiar to you. Allow me to introduce you to the music of this French composer as we present an excerpt from his Suite in D minor, featuring Melisande Corriveau playing the “Pardessus de Viole” which means “Higher than Treble.” It’s the smallest member of the viola da gamba family – and was known as the ‘woman’s violin’ in 17th century France. The violin itself was considered too lowly an instrument at the time to be appropriate for women!