Dans le goût français
During the baroque era, musical style was often defined by a distinctive regional origin. German, Italian or French music was recognisable as such, yet, composers also loved to look further than their own borders. Many composers wrote according to ‘le gout français’, the french style with its particular melodic turns, rhythms and ornamentations. André Campra’s L’Europe Galante from 1697 is considered as the first ballet-opéra ballet was till the 19th century an important feature of the french style.
Dance genres were also integrated into purely instrumental music, such as Georg Muffat’s Sonatas from the Armonico Tributo. Michel Corrette based his Concerts Comiques on various sources, such as Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes in his 25th concerto. Many composers were true Europeans, and succeeded in a masterly fashion to combine the French, Italian and German styles in their works, such as Muffat and Jean-Marie Leclair. The latter is the founder of the french violin school, yet, he worked in several european countries, where he showed his talents as a performer and composer.
J.M. Leclair, Suite Scylla et Glaucus | A. Campra, Suite from L’Europe Galante | J.M. Leclair, Violin concerto op 7 n1 op in D minor | G. Muffat, Delirium amoris, from Exquisitioris harmoniae instrumentalis gravi-jucundae | M. Corette, 25eme Concert Comique pour flûte, cordes et basse continue | G. Muffat, Sonata V in G, from Armonico Tributo
European Union Baroque Orchestra 2018 | Amandine Beyer (director/violin)
20-25 September 2018
26 September 2018 | AMUZ, Antwerp (BE)
27 September 2018 | Georgsmarienhütte (DE)
13 November 2018 | Small Guild Hall, Riga (LV)
15 November 2018 | Niguliste kirik, Tallinn (EE)
17 November 2018 | Aula Sofia University, Sofia (BG)
26 January 2019 | deSingel, Antwerp (BE)
Photos (c) Johan Beckers
Constellatio Felix: Sun, Stars & Planets
The programme takes as its starting point the 300th anniversary of one of the most magnificent baroque spectacles ever staged: the Festival of the Planets (Constellatio Felix – Happy Constellation) celebrations that were held in Dresden in 1719 by King August the Strong to mark his son Frederick’s marriage to Archduchess Maria of Hapsburg. Constellatio Felix featured operas, balls and concerts and we know that composers including Händel, Telemann, Heinichen, Lotti and Zelenka participated in this month long festival in honour of the planets. The works in the programme focus on the Sun (Lully Phaeton), Stars (Muffat Concerto Grosso Propitia Sydera – lucky stars) and Planets (written later, but very much on the theme, by Rameau with Entrées for Jupiter, Venus and Mercury).
J.B. Lully, Suite from Phaeton (‘Sun’) | J.D. Zelenka, Allegro from Simphonie à 8 concertanti ZWV 189 | G.F. Händel, Concerto Grosso in a minor Op 6 No 4 HWV322 | G. Muffat, Concerto Grosso XII in G Propitia Sydera (‘Lucky Stars’) | J.G. Pisendel, Imitation des Caractères de la Danse (after J.F. Rebel) | J.Ph. Telemann, Violin Concerto in B flat TWV51:B1 ‘concerto grosso per il Sig.r Pisendel’ | J.Ph. Rameau, ‘Suite des Planètes’ (including Entrées for Jupiter, Venus and Mercury)
European Union Baroque Orchestra 2018 | Lars Ulrik Mortensen director/harpsichord
15-18 October 2018
19 October 2018 | Kloster Michaelstein, Blankenburg (DE)
21 October 2018 | Oratorio Santa Crocei, Mondovi (IT)
28 November 2018 | AMUZ, Antwerp (BE)
30 November 2018 | St. John’s Smith Square, London (GB)
1 December 2018 | Collegio Ghislieri, Pavia (IT)
Photos (c) Johan Beckers