Sunday Baroque Listings: July 17, 2016
When someone gives you a nickname you don’t like you can usually shrug it off. But when King Louis the 13th called his court musician Michel Danican by the name “Filidori” after a virtuoso oboist he admired, Danican made it official and generations of his musically talented family adopted the name Philidor. Music by Anne Danican Philidor is one of this weekend’s highlights on Sunday Baroque.
John Dowland composed a dance called MY LADY HUNSDON’S PUFFE. Maybe he meant the huffing and puffing of a dancer, or maybe he was making a joke about a patron being a "windbag"? It’s one of the selections on a new recording from the group Ayreheart, and you can hear it on Sunday Baroque while you’re catching your breath this weekend.
George Frideric Handel had a reputation as a really BIG eater who could polish off several meals in one sitting. He also had a big appetite for musical ideas -- an exceptionally diverse composer, writing for solo instruments and small chamber groups, orchestral music, sacred and secular vocal music, operas and the theater. This week on Sunday Baroque, you’ll hear a generous helping of Handel’s ACIS AND GALATEA.
There have been some well-publicized lawsuits recently accusing musicians of stealing important musical ideas from other musicians without proper recognition or compensation. 18th century composer Charles Avison’s most famous works were Concertos he openly acknowledged were derived from Domenico Scarlatti’s Keyboard Sonatas. You’ll hear one of them this weekend on Sunday Baroque.