Sunday Baroque Listings: August 14, 2016
A viola da gamba is, literally, a viol of the leg. It’s a bowed string instrument that’s held between the legs, so it resembles a cello. The earliest instruments were used in the 15th century and it reached its greatest popularity in the 17th century, although composers continued to write for it. You’ll hear an 18th century Concerto for the distinctive-sounding instrument this weekend on Sunday Baroque.
Antonio Vivaldi is known as the “concerto king” for writing several hundred concertos. But what you may not know is that Vivaldi also wrote operas -- nearly 100, according to the composer’s estimate -- although only about 50 of them survive. You’ll hear selections from one of Vivaldi’s operas AND one of his concertos this week on Sunday Baroque.
As a little girl, Rachel Barton Pine was mesmerized by the sound of the violin AND the pretty dresses worn by the performers. She took to the instrument easily, and was performing professionally by age 10, and grown up to become a seasoned performers who wears pretty dresses herself. But she also loves to show off her heavy metal chops and for that it’s leather! The versatile violinist goes baroque this weekend on Sunday Baroque.
Antonio Vivaldi was a Venetian composer who spent most of his life living and working in his hometown. BUT … Vivaldi traveled a lot. He lived in Mantua for a while, and visited Rome, Prague and Vienna. So that could explain how the cosmopolitan musician heard the Eastern European sounding folk inflections he worked into some of his music. You’ll hear one of Antonio Vivaldi’s most distinctive Concertos this week on Sunday Baroque.