The Breckenridge Music Festival will present “Tuesday Baroque,” a BMF Tuesday Series chamber concert. The evening’s performance will celebrate works of the 17th and 18th centuries, featuring music by Bach, Telemann, Couperin and Vivaldi.
This program features Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. In May 1718, Johann Sebastian Bach, music director to Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Cothen, accompanied his royal employer to Carlsbad, where the prince periodically went to “take the waters” at the fashionable spa. In all probability, it was during this journey that Bach met Margrave Christian Ludwig of Brandenburg, a music-loving Prussian nobleman who maintained a small instrumental ensemble at his court in Potsdam, along with an excellent library of works by the noted composers of the time. Some two and a half years later, Bach sent to the Margrave a meticulously hand-written set of six concertos prefaced by an elaborate and flowery dedication couched in elegant French prose. It is generally assumed that these concertos were a response to a request or a commission from the Margrave; but it’s possible that Bach was seeking a post at the Margrave’s court and submitted them as an example of his abilities.
Also on the program will be Bach’s Sonata in E Major for Violin and Piano. This is the third of six he wrote just after he moved to Leipzig in 1723. Originally scored for violin and harpsichord, the work is widely performed today with piano.
The program will also feature Antonio Vivaldi’s Trio Sonata in A Minor for Flute and Bassoon. Vivaldi produced a catalog of more than 850 works, including at least 475 concertos, 94 operas and a generous assortment of chamber music.
The program will include Pieces en Concert for Cello and Strings, by François Couperin. Couperin “Le Grand” was the most celebrated member of a family of composers working from the late 1500s through the early 20th century. Georg Phillip Telemann rounds out this quartet of famous Baroque composers with Trio Sonata for Flute, Oboe and Continuo in A Minor.
For more information on this concert and the full Breckenridge Music Festival schedule, visit www.breckenridgemusicfestival.com.