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Lute Music of Versailles: “La Rhétorique des Dieux”

Born out of the salons of the Grand Siècle, the 1652 manuscript called La Rhétorique des Dieux by Denis Gaultier offers an impressive synthesis of music, mythology, engraving, gold work, prose, and poetry. Weaving ravishing music with the spoken word, Boston-based lutenist Catherine Liddell mines the mythological roots of lute repertoire of Versailles, one golden age mirrored in another.