Contrast & Brilliance in Baroque Music
Join independent scholar John Burkhalter as he surveys the distinctive variety of styles and genres in the ornate and colorful world of Baroque Music.
The talk will focus on the specific musical offerings performed by the renowned early music ensemble the Sebastians. Works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and the little known Brescianello and Pisendel will be heard as well. All the composers, save for Handel, were acknowledged masters of the violin, all had close affinity to various German princely courts, and all survived the pandemic of 1720. Vivaldi’s music is fittingly the centerpiece or “axis musicus” of the performance for all the other composers on the program had either associative or direct personal links, spinning off, with the celebrated Venetian master.
John Burkhalter, artistic director, The Practitioners of Musick
John Burkhalter studied early music at the New England Conservatory and Baroque performance with Frans Bruggen at Harvard. He has lectured for the American Handel Society, Yale Center for British Art, and the Horniman Museum (Dolmetsch Collection) in London.