Sunday Baroque Listings: April 24, 2016
In 1720, Johann Sebastian Bach was 35 years old – it’s the year his first wife died suddenly while he was out of town. Bach was a single father, and he couldn’t take time off from his music and around that time he wrote a beautiful violin sonata. It’s one of the highlights you’ll hear this weekend on Sunday Baroque.
In the original 1970 Earth Day proclamation, the organizers challenged us all to, “Inherit the Earth, it belongs to each of us. Its health, wealth, beauty is OUR health, wealth and beauty.” This weekend Sunday Baroque is throwing an Earth Day musical celebration of our beautiful planet.
You’ve probably heard of King Frederick the Great … but did you know he was an avid music lover and musician? So was his sister, Wilhelmine, and a new recording features Concertos she had her favorite composer write to play with her brother and her husband. You’ll hear some of it this week on Sunday Baroque.
In the 1720’s, a lute-playing aristocrat was mentioned in a book, calling him an “extraordinary virtuoso” but that was one of the few clues about his life and music. 250 years later, in the 1970’s, some of his manuscripts were found in a museum in Kalmar, which is guitarist *Goran Sollscher’s hometown. He went straight there to play through the treasure trove of music, and this weekend on Sunday Baroque you’ll hear some of the music he found there.