Spanning 200 years from the early 17th to the end of the 18th centuries, the evening’s collection of diverse music is, in Howard Penny’s own words, by turns “completely wacky, suffused with transcendent beauty, and full of dazzling foot stomping 18th century rhythm”. It challenges even the most proselytising period performance practice professor to remain in their seat. Hold on tight!
PRAETORIUS Dances from Terpsichore
VEJVANOVSKÝ Sonata a 10
MUFFAT Sonata no. 2 in G minor from Armonico Tributo
ZELENKA Hypocondrie a 7 in A major
SCHMELZER Balletto no. 1 'Di Zingari’
HANDEL Concerto a due cori no.2 in F major
HANDEL Overture from Jephtha
ZELENKA Overture from I Penitenti al sepolcro del Redentore
JS BACH Sinfonia Part 2 from Christmas Oratorio
CPE BACH Symphony no.3 in F major
HANDEL Water Music selections 11 and 12
Howard Penny cello/director
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"Jan Dismas Zelenka has of late been recognized as one of the most original composers of a musical epoch that was long thought to have been shaped by Bach and Handel" - Susanne Oschmann
Praetorius’ Terpsichore is a compendium of 312 short dance pieces, based on French dance repertoire. Praetoirus sourced and arranged many French tunes for this collection. The title of this work is derived from Greek mythology; Terpsichore was one of the nine Muses and the goddess of dance of chorus. Her name derives from ‘terpsichorean’ meaning ‘of or relating to dance’.
Image by Pia Johnson