All-Baroque Concert with Curtis Collegium

Performers on stage at Curtis

An All-Baroque Concert with Curtis Collegium, which provides instruction in historically informed performance of music of the 17th and 18th Centuries. While the names Bach, Handel, Couperin and Rameau spring to mind as Baroque composers, other lesser-lights of the era also created worthwhile music. The program:

Fux: Partita No. 7 from Concentus musico-instrumentalis
William Welter & Joshua Lauretig, oboes; Thomas Sheehan, harpsichord
The Austrian composer Johann Joseph Fux lived from 1660 to 1741. He is most renowned for his role as a music theorist and teacher; his exploration of counterpoint, Gradus ad Parnassum, is considered a classic to this day.

Buxtehude: Sonata No. 3 in A minor for Violin and Cello
Eunice Kim, violin; John-Henry Crawford, cello; Bryan Anderson, harpsichord
The presence of the cello providing basso continuo makes this a “trio sonata.” This is one of a group of thirteen such sonatas, which were the only works published in Buxtehude’s lifetime (1637 – 1707). He is chiefly known today for his organ works.

Fasch: Sonata in D minor for Two Violin and Viola
Gergana Haralampieva & Ye-Rang Kim, violins; Mengwen Zhao, viola;
Matt Glandorf, harpsichord

Johann Friedrich Fasch was a German violinist and composer who lived from 1688 to 1758. None of his works was published in his lifetime, but his contemporaries admired him greatly, and his work is known to musical history as an important link between the Baroque and Classical eras.

Clérambault: Orphée from Cantates françoises, Book 1
Alize Rozsnyai, soprano; Alexandra Switala, violin; Thomas Sheehan, harpsichord
French Baroque composers get their chance for the remainder of tonight’s program. Orphée, along with Médée, belong to Louis-Nicolas’ Clérambault’s first book of cantatas, dating from 1710, utilizing ancient Greek mythology for their vivid dramatic writing.
Read the text of the cantata.

Boismortier: Concerto à 5 in E minor, Op. 37 No. 6
Patrick Williams, flute; William Welter, oboe; Keith Buncke, bassoon;
Zsche Chuang Rimbo Wong, violin; Robin Kesselman, double bass

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689 – 1755) was unique among French composers in that he actually made quite a handsome living from his compositions alone. When critics sniffed at his tuneful, popular works, he retorted simply, “I make money.”

Music Word of the Week: Cantata
“Literally a piece to be sung, as opposed to a ’sonata,’ an instrumental work to be played. The term applies to a variety of genres, but most usually to ones featuring a solo voice, with instrumental accompaniment and quite often of a quasi-dramatic character.” From the Oxford Dictionary of Music

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