World Class Classical @ the BAG: LA MODESTINE:
MARC DESTRUBÉ (violin) with
- Linda Melsted - violin
- Natalie Mackie - viola da gamba
- Jonathan Oddie - harpsichord
FIRE & FINESSE:
French & Italian Music Of The Early 18th Century.
Jean-Fery Rebel: Trio Sonata No. 5 in D Major, 'La Pallas'
Giovanni Legrenzi: La Bevilacqua', Op.8, No.8
Jean-Fery Rebel: Sonata No. 5 in D Major
Antonio Vivaldi: Suonata a solo facto per M. Pisendel in C Major, RV2
Jean-Marie Leclair: Première recréation de musique, Op. 6 in D Major
The early 18th century was witness to a period of profound changes in intellectual and cultural life, literacy, and attitudes towards government and religion; the age of enlightenment brought with it a belief in the power of human reason to investigate and understand nature and human society.
In France, there was a transition from a court culture dominated by Louis XIV, to the new public sphere, where the young nobility, and increasingly affluent and literate bourgeoisie established salons in which to cultivate the work of writers, artists and musicians. While Versailles had previously been the centre of government and culture, musicians commonly kept residences both at Court and in Paris, travelling between the two centres. Increasingly, Italian musicians and composers travelled to Paris, bringing with them the fiery, virtuosic Italian style and forms. The sonata and cantata were two genres which were well-suited to the salon, and French chamber music began to reflect the union of French and Italian styles. Although there was considerable debate about the superiority of French suavity and finesse or the passion and fire of Italian music, inevitably aspects of both were incorporated into each others’ compositions.
Tickets: $20 at XOCO & the BAG