Sunday Baroque Listings: October 23, 2016
19th century composer Johannes Brahms once advised: “Study Bach. There you will find everything.” Bach intended much of his music to sharpen his students’ skills, and generations of musicians since have used Bach’s music for their own training. Music by the remarkable composer and teacher is just one highlight of Sunday Baroque this weekend.
Georg Philipp Telemann composed an orchestral suite that illustrates his impression of “ancient and modern” German, Danish and Swedish music. French composer Francois Couperin wrote a comprehensive chamber music collection called THE NATIONS that intended to compare French and Italian musical styles. This week on Sunday Baroque you’ll hear both composers’ impressions of the world around them.
In describing the Concertos he composed, one 18th century Dutch diplomat said, “Some of them are tolerable, some middling, others wretched.” It was partly plain old modesty, and partly a desire to downplay his involvement in music, which was really only meant to be a casual hobby for a man of his social status. This week on Sunday Baroque you’ll hear one of those Concertos.
Up until the middle of the 20th century, music from the 16th through 18th centuries was largely unknown and under-appreciated by many people. Then, all of a sudden, there was an explosion of ensembles and recordings of early music thanks to a handful of musicians who started promoting it. We’re celebrating the legacy of one of those trailblazers – Neville Marriner – on Sunday Baroque this weekend. [Photo:http://bit.ly/2ep5Qu5]