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Music and Satire

From the writings of Rabelais

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Dates Fri, Jan 19 – Sun, Jan 21, 2024

Venue Folger Theatre

Duration 1 hour 45 minutes, with intermission

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No subject is off-limits in the exuberant satire of François Rabelais (1494-1553). In his rollicking novels about the father-son duo of giants – Gargantua and Pantagruel – Rabelais sets his comedic sights on the political and social issues of his time in a style that blurs the boundary between low and high culture.

Joined onstage by a contemporary comedian, Folger Consort performs the brilliantly layered music of the composers Rabelais mentions in his writings – such as Josquin des Pres, Loyset Compère, and Pierre Sandrin – along with the irresistibly tuneful French dance music of the times.

With vocal quartet, viols, lute, guitar, winds, trombone, and guest comic.