14 Jul 2017

[Instrumental Friday]

This is definitely not the prettiest rendition of this piece, but this is how I feel after reading today's news.

Vivaldi himself wrote a set of four sonnets to accompany his famous 'Four Seasons' concertos, giving very specific descriptions of what...

6 Jul 2017

[Instrumental Friday]

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710 - 1784) was the eldest son of J.S. Bach. Sebastian is said to have regarded him as the most talented of his sons, and took particular pains over his education, both musical and general. Here is his duet for flutes date...

5 Jul 2017

[Instrumental Wednesday]

Handel's Water Music is made up of three orchestral suites, written for an outdoor performance for King George I on the Thames. Here is one of its most famous movements.


Playlist of all the mus...

3 Jul 2017

[Instrumental Monday]

Something refreshing and delightful for a Monday morning!

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 - 1764) was the most important French composer in the late baroque period. His 'Treatise on Harmony' laid down the cornerstones of theory in harmony as we know it t...

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...

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...

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.


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


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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). 

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