Musica Pacifica

Presented by Del Valle Fine Arts

Musica Pacifica73 6800

Hijinks of the High Baroque: Composers Behaving Badly

Diving into the ultra-fashionable High Baroque scene of mid-18th-century Europe, Musica Pacifica explores the works of composers who struggled with keeping their composure throughout their careers. Come hear a program of quirky and appealing music along with the stories that shed light on the often crazy lives of composers such as Veracini and Leclair—whose brilliant compositions belie their darker sides. The program includes a virtuoso violin sonata by the “unstable genius” Veracini, an engaging recorder sonata by Handel, a flamboyant harpsichord piece by French composer, Royer, a haunting chaconne by Rameau, and an elegant trio sonata by Leclair, all framed by two of Telemann's delightful Paris Quartets replete with their own musical hijinks. Come hear stories of bad behavior and music of uncommon brilliance.

Price Range:
$35 to $55, students free

Program Items

Georg Phillip Telemann (1681-1767) Sonata 1 in A Major from "Paris Quartets," 1730 & Concerto Nr. 2 in D major, from “Paris Quartets," 1730
Francesco Maria Veracini (1690-1768) Sonata No. 1 in G minor, Op. 1
Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer (1705-1755) Tambourins I and II (suite des Matelots) from “Pièces de Clavecin, Premier Livre” (1746)
Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764) Trio sonata 1 in D major, Op. 13, No. 1
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) Chaconne and Tambourins from Dardanus (1739)
Johann Georg Pisendel (1687-1755) Sonata in E minor for violin and continuo


Judith Linsenberg recorder
Elizabeth Blumenstock baroque violin
David Morris baroque cello and viola da gamba
Charles Sherman harpsichord