30 Jun 2017

/Music of the 17th and 18th centuries/
[Instrumental Friday]

The selection today is one of the darkest symphonies J.C. Bach wrote. Quoting from an article on The Guardian, 'In J.C. Bach’s G minor symphony, there are moments when you feel you’re hearing premonitions of M...

29 Jun 2017

/Music of the 17th and 18th centuries/
[Vocal Thursday]

Let's move on to Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's vocal works today. To me, his Magnificat (1749) is definitely one of the best large-scale choral works composed in the 18th century. 
The work sounds strikingly similar...

28 Jun 2017

/Music of the 17th and 18th centuries/

[Instrumental Wednesday]

 

We mentioned that Telemann was godfather of one of J.S. Bach's sons - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 - 1788). Also known as the 'Berlin Bach' or the 'Hamburg Bach', Emanuel was a very prolific composer and...

27 Jun 2017

/Music of the 17th and 18th centuries/

[Vocal Tuesday]

A solo cantata by Dieterich Buxtehude (1637 - 1707), scored for soprano, two violins, violone, and continuo. The young JS Bach had much admiration for Buxtehude's works, and walked from Arnstadt to Lübeck, a distance...

26 Jun 2017

/Music of the 17th and 18th centuries/
[Instrumental Monday]

In this concerto, Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 - 1767) employed a very unusual instrument - the Calchedon. It is a kind of baroque lute, also known as a galizona.

https://open.spotify.com/track/4F1Ex8WgP8h2dm9u...

25 Jun 2017

/Music of the 17th and 18th centuries/
[Cantata Sunday]

Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein (Ah God, look down from heaven) BWV 2 is written for the 2nd Sunday after Trinity in 1724.
'This chorale cantata is based on Martin Luther's adaptation of Psalm 12, which laments th...

24 Jun 2017

/Music of the 17th and 18th centuries/

[Vocal Saturday]

Oops I missed yesterday's post...!
Anyways, something French for today - Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643 - 1704) was probably the 'second most important' French composer in the 17th century. His career was overshadow...

22 Jun 2017

/Music of the 17th and 18th centuries/

[Vocal Thursday]

Handel's Ode for St. Cecilia's Day written in 1739, based on a poem by John Dryden. Saint Cecilia is the patroness of musicians. Her feast day is celebrated on 22 Nov every year. Many other composers across the cent...

21 Jun 2017

/Music of the 17th and 18th centuries/
[Instrumental Wednesday]

It's been a quite a while since I last did this...I need to do this more often - so I am making this a daily routine!

Here is my plan:

Sun - a cantata suitable for that Sunday

Mon/Wed/Fri - Instrumental

Tue/Thu...

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This blog is a platform for me to share music of the 17th and 18th centuries on a daily basis. I do this out of my love for music from the period, and my passion for historically informed performances (HIP). 

/ Music of the 17th and 18th centuries / 

Sun:

a fitting cantata

 

Mon / Wed / Fri:

Instrumental

 

Tue / Thu / Sat:

Vocal

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