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An exploration of the life and musical interests of Thomas Jefferson during the time he was in Paris in the 1780s, serving as a trade minister for the fledgling United States.

This episode features varied instrumental selections by five prominent composers whose works Jefferson is known to have heard. Video version includes beautiful period paintings and illustrations of 18th-century Paris and of the fascinating featured personalities in this episode.

Written by Daniel Ryan and Suzanne Stumpf
Narrated by Suzanne Stumpf

A video version of this episode can be seen here

Performers:
Suzanne Stumpf, traverso
Sarah Darling and Jesse Irons, violins
Marcia Cassidy, viola; Daniel Ryan, cello
Michael Bahmann, harpsichord
 
Music performed:
(excerpt during narrative:Niccolò Piccinni: Flute concerto in D Major - Allegro con brio)
François-Joseph Gossec: Flute Quartet in D Major, op. 14, no. 1 - Allegro moderato
Maddalena Lombardini Sirmen:Trio in D Major, op. 1, no. 3 - Menuetto
Claude Balbastre: Marche des Marseillois et l’Air Ça-ira for harpsichord
Antonio Sacchini: String Quartet in A Major, op. 2, no. 6 - Largo sostenuto; Fuga Allegro spirituoso
Niccolò Piccinni" Flute concerto in D Major - Spirituoso
 
Performed at Musicians of the Old Post Road's "Jefferson in Paris" concert at Old South Church, Boston, MA, November 2018