Duel da gamba

Marais and Forqueray in Versailles

Monday 17.07.2017 | 19:30 Strahov Monastery
Summer Refectory
Strahovské nádvoří 1/132, Praha 1


Marin Marais
Suite en b minor
Le Labyrinthe
Pièces à deux violes
Suite en sol majeur

Jean-Baptiste Forqueray
Pièces de viole
5e Suite en do – mineur

Antoine Forqueray
Pièces de viole
1er Suite en re mineur

Robert de Visée
Pièces de théorbe
Suite en do mineur


Romina Lischka – bass viol, artistic director
Irene Klein – bass viol
Thomas Boyson – theorbo
Maude Gratton – harpsichord


The Summer Refectory of the Strahov Monastery seems to be predestined to host a feast of French music. This is because it was designed by an exceptionally prolific architect from Burgundy, Jean Baptiste Mathey, who was active during the sunny era of Louis XIV’s reign. In Paris, where he died in 1696, Mathey could have met the two virtuosos on viola da gamba to whom tonight’s concert is dedicated. Marin Marais and Antoine Forqueray were musical rivals who embodied the antipoles of musical genius.


While Marais’s way of performance is described in period sources as angelic, Forqueray is reported to have played the viol like the devil himself. The renowned Hathor Consort from Holland with its artistic director Romina Lischka will prove that on the turn of the 17th and 18th century the viols and their players were the actors of some of the most electrifying combats.


Strahov Monastery

Summer Refectory
Strahovské nádvoří 1/132, Praha 1

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Partners of the concert

In collaboration with the Embassy of Belgium – The Delegation of Flanders in the Czech Republic.