I haven’t done one of these for a while, but this piece is so extraordinary and so undeservedly obscure that I very much wanted to share it. It’s The Bells of St. Genevieve by Marin Marais, a French composer of the generation before Bach and Handel. As a musician, he was one of the great masters of the viol1, which this piece features. While its repetitive, droning harmonies sound old-fashioned, its emphasis on the viol’s deep bass note seem modern, almost baroque music played by John Entwistle.
- Also called the viola da gamba, an ancestor of the cello. [↩]