The Art of Counterpoint: Bach and Zelenka

A program demonstrating the richness of contrapuntal invention from the two great High Baroque masters. Working in close proximity to each other--Leipzig and Dresden, the capital of Saxony just 100km distance--Bach and Zelenka knew and admired each other. From their distinctive personalities they each developed equally intricate and dazzlingly virtuosic styles of counterpoint.

Jan Dismas Zelenka, Sonata I (ZWV 181/1) 
Zelenka, Vide, Domine, cantilena circularis (ZWV 179)
Johann Sebastian Bach, Contrapunctus I from The Art of Fugue (BWV 1080)
Bach, Fugue in g minor (from Fantasy and Fugue for organ, BWV 542)
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Bach, Aria from Schleicht, spielende Wellen BWV 206/7
Bach, Prelude and Fugue in C major, WTC, book 1
Bach, Canon a 2 super thema regium
Bach, Three-Part Ricercar from The Musical Offering (BWV 1079) 
Zelenka, Sonata IV, 2 oboes, bassoon, continuo (ZWV 181/4)

J.S. Bach, The Musical Offering

J.S. Bach, The Musical Offering


Dirck Hals, Banquet Scene in a Renaissance Hall

Dirck Hals, Banquet Scene in a Renaissance Hall

Kleine Kammermusik plays Kleine Kammermusik

Philidor, March
Couperin, La Steinquerque
Purcell, Suite from Fairy Queen
G.F. Handel, Keyboard suite
Handel, Trio Sonata in C minor
Telemann, Suite in B-flat from Kleine Kammermusik
Telemann, Bassoon Sonata in F minor
Fasch, Trio Sonata in G Minor


Woods and Brooks: Horticulture and Musical Trans-Atlantic Connections

Telemann, Suite in g minor from Der Getreue Musikmesiter
Telemann, Bassoon Sonata in F minor
Platti, Trio for oboe and cello with BC
Jean-Baptiste Barrière, Cello Sonata
Bach, Sonata for oboe d’amore and obbligato keyboard (after BWV 1028)
Boismortier, Trio for oboe, bassoon and BC

Wooded landscape, German, 1665

Wooded landscape, German, 1665


Antonio Giovanni Canaletto, Dresden Seen from the Right Banks of the River Elbe below the Augustus Bridge

Antonio Giovanni Canaletto, Dresden Seen from the Right Banks of the River Elbe below the Augustus Bridge

From Dresden to Paris

Trio Sonatas by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Selections from the Livre en symphonie of Louis-Antoine Dornel
François Couperin, Concerts Royeaux

Presented at the 2014 Conference of the International Double Reed Society, New York, NY


Fanfare and Filigree

Zelenka, Trio Sonata
Fasch, Trio Sonata in G minor
Couperin, La Steinquerque
Dornel, Suite III from Livre de Symphonies (1709)
French Suite (featuring works by Couperin, Philador, Marais, and Dornel) 

 

Antoine Watteau, Limbarco per Citera

Antoine Watteau, Limbarco per Citera


Peter Paul Rubens, Minerva Protects Pax from Mars (Peace and War)

Peter Paul Rubens, Minerva Protects Pax from Mars (Peace and War)

In War and Peace

Music from the battlefield and peaceful victory

Couperin, La Steinquerque
Dornel, La Triomphante
Fux, Sonata
Marches from the Philidor Manuscript
Handel, Favorite tunes from Watermusic and Royal Fireworks MusicLully, Trios
Destouches, Trios pour le Souper du Roy
Montéclair, La Paix


Italian Virtuosity at Home and Abroad

Vivaldi, Trio for two oboes and basso continuo
Vivaldi, Trio for oboe, recorder, and basso continuo
Geminiani, Oboe Sonata
Roman, Trio for two oboes and basso continuo
Handel, Trio for oboe, recorder, and basso continuo
Califano, Trio with obbligato bassoon

Antonio Giovanni Canaletto, The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice (c. 1730)

Antonio Giovanni Canaletto, The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice (c. 1730)


Louis-Roland Trinquesse, Conversation Musicale

Louis-Roland Trinquesse, Conversation Musicale

Conversations Galantes

Trios for oboe, bassoon, and basso continuo

Boismortier, Sonata for oboe and obbligato harpsichord
Platti, Trio for oboe, cello, and basso continuo
Bach, Sonata in E flat (BWV 1031)
Telemann, Sonata in F minor for bassoon and continuo
W.F. Bach, Concerto for harpsichord
Corrette, Les Delices de la solitude
C.H. Graun, Trio for oboe, recorder, and basso continuo


From Stage to Salon: Transcriptions of Baroque Opera

Handel, Sinfonias and Arias in contemporary arrangements
Handel, Harpsichord solos arranged by Babell
Lully, Trio arrangements of operatic excerpts
Lully, Passacaille from Armide

Saint-Aubin, Lully's "Armide" performed at the Palais-Royal, 1761

Saint-Aubin, Lully's "Armide" performed at the Palais-Royal, 1761