Sunday Baroque Listings: April 17, 2016
The baroque era was a time of elaborately decorated and ornamented art and architecture, as well as music. The word “baroque” comes from the word “barroco” which referred to an irregularly shaped pearl – something “baroque” is extravagant, even bizarre. Georg Philipp Telemann even composed a BIZARRE OVERTURE, and you can hear it this weekend on Sunday Baroque.
Francesco Geminiani had champagne taste on a moonshine budget! Geminiani’s weakness for luxury items was compounded by his terrible money management skills, and his friends had to bail him out of debtor’s prison. You’ll hear music by Francesco Geminiani and other musicians who had varying levels of success with money management, this week on Sunday Baroque.
Writer Moliere and musician Jean-Baptiste Lully once collaborated on a comedy called “The Imaginary Illness or The Hypochondriac” and one of Jan Zelenka’s hits was also called Hypochondria. These are two healthy highlights of Sunday Baroque this week that’ll help you feel great on your day off.
“Capriccio” is a musical term for a lighthearted and whimsical instrumental composition with an improvisatory style and a free form. Capriccios are spontaneous and CAPRICIOUS – no constrained by strict rules or musical forms! This weekend on Sunday Baroque, a Capriccio composed by a baroque musician for his royal employer’s hunting outings.