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November 2020

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The Grand Tour

Sunday 29 November, 3.00 pm

>>> As a precaution against spreading Covid-19, this concert has been cancelled

Seaford Music Society: St Leonard’s Church, Church Street, Seaford BN25 1LR

Music by French, English, German, and Italian composers that one might have heard on an eighteenth-century ‘grand tour’.
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December 2020

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Biber: the Joyful Mysteries

Tuesday 8 December, 7.30 pm

Great St Mary’s, Senate House Hill, Cambridge CB2 3PQ

In this concert Nicolette Moonen and Pawel Siwczak play the first five of Biber’s Mystery or Rosary sonatas, concerned with the birth of Christ and the events that surrounded it. Pawel Siwczak will also play organ music by composers of Biber’s time: Buxtehude and Pachelbel.
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January 2021

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A musical offering

Saturday 23 January, 7.30 pm

>>> As a precaution against spreading Covid-19, this concert has been cancelled

Georgian Concert Society: St Andrew’s & St George’s West, 13 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PA

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Musical Offering (BWV 1079) is a late work that both looks back to the tradition in which he was grounded and forward to the music of his sons. The concert opens with a sonata by Buxtehude, Bach’s admired elder: we hear the ‘stylus phantasticus’ in full flight, with its unpredictable structures and sometimes startling improvisatory freedoms. The fashionable flute features in the Paris quartets by Telemann, Bach’s close contemporary. No. 6 in E minor is in the French galant style – a succession of character pieces, culminating in a wonderful chaconne. The Musical Offering is often taken to be a disjointed collection of fragments, dominated by the culminating, beautiful trio sonata. This performance treats the work as an essay in the musical rhetoric in which Bach was immersed. The succession of canons and fugues become a speech – a musical oration, in which factual statements are then elaborated on and developed in argumentative sections, interspersed with charming passages that may seduce the listener. The sonata then gives free rein to the whole spectrum of emotions. The work concludes with a final, calming ‘perpetual canon’. This is a chance to hear Bach’s famous piece with fresh ears.
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A musical offering

Tuesday 26 January, 7.30 pm

Leamington Music: St Mary’s Church, Old Square, Warwick CV34 4RA

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Musical Offering (BWV 1079) is a late work that both looks back to the tradition in which he was grounded and forward to the music of his sons. The concert opens with a sonata by Buxtehude, Bach’s admired elder: we hear the ‘stylus phantasticus’ in full flight, with its unpredictable structures and sometimes startling improvisatory freedoms. The fashionable flute features in the Paris quartets by Telemann, Bach’s close contemporary. No. 6 in E minor is in the French galant style – a succession of character pieces, culminating in a wonderful chaconne. The Musical Offering is often taken to be a disjointed collection of fragments, dominated by the culminating, beautiful trio sonata. This performance treats the work as an essay in the musical rhetoric in which Bach was immersed. The succession of canons and fugues become a speech – a musical oration, in which factual statements are then elaborated on and developed in argumentative sections, interspersed with charming passages that may seduce the listener. The sonata then gives free rein to the whole spectrum of emotions. The work concludes with a final, calming ‘perpetual canon’. This is a chance to hear Bach’s famous piece with fresh ears.
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Bach and Goldberg: master and student

Thursday 28 January, 7.30 pm

Chichester Chamber Concerts: Assembly Room, Chichester Council House, North Street, Chichester PO19 1LQ

Johann Gottlieb Goldberg was a virtuoso harpsichordist employed by Hermann Karl von Keyserlingk, the Russian ambassador to Saxony, who commissioned a set of variations from Bach to combat his sleeplessness. Goldberg was their first performer. As well as being a student of Bach, Goldberg was a composer in his own right, and we play one of his works – a trio sonata that was thought for a time to be one of Bach’s compositions. We also play Silas Wollston’s arrangement of Canons from the Goldberg variations, and two of J.S. Bach’s great works that feature the flute: Brandenburg 5, and the B minor orchestral suite.
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July 2021

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Bach and Goldberg: master and student

Sunday 18 July, 3.00 pm

Concerts at Cratfield: St Mary’s, Church Road, Cratfield, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 0BU

Johann Gottlieb Goldberg was a virtuoso harpsichordist employed by Hermann Karl von Keyserlingk, the Russian ambassador to Saxony, who commissioned a set of variations from Bach to combat his sleeplessness. Goldberg was their first performer. As well as being a student of Bach, Goldberg was a composer in his own right, and we play one of his works – a trio sonata that was thought for a time to be one of Bach’s compositions. We also play Silas Wollston’s arrangement of Canons from the Goldberg variations, and two of J.S. Bach’s great works that feature the flute: Brandenburg 5, and the B minor orchestral suite.
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