The young ensemble Société Lunaire presents an exciting programme on the theme of artistic rivalry. The extravagance and excess of the French court in the 18th century were the source of international envy. Various European courts tried to outdo each other in terms of luxuriousness, even in times of severe poverty and economic crisis. Whether in Prussia, London, Versailles or Berlin, large numbers of famous composers and musicians were put to work in the service of the courts. Société Lunaire will astonish you with virtuoso chamber music from the century of the Enlightenment by composers including Johann Wilhelm Hertel, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and François-Joseph Gossec. They will also present a new premiere of the recently discovered music of the Brussels-based composer, violinist and harpist Eugène Godecharle (1742-1798). His Sei Quartetti, Opus 4 for harp, violin, viola and cello reveal an exceptionally interesting musical structure and a wide variety of keys and movements.