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Baroque is back

Kimberly Nicoletti

BRECKENRIDGE – Baroque is back with the BMI.

Tuesday’s Breckenridge Music Institute (BMI) Orchestra’s Baroque Bash features Zalenka’s Sonata V, Telemann’s Concerto for two flutes, Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in D minor, G. Gabrieli’s Canzona per sonare No. 1 and No. 2, Vivaldi’s “II Cardellino” for flute and strings and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major.

The baroque period of European music began around 1600 and ended around 1750. It is the earliest European music most people are still familiar with -whether it’s the theme from “Masterpiece Theatre” (Mouret’s Suite de Symphonie) or the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah.”

The music came to life in an environment of Galileo’s and Newton’s discoveries, Descartes’ mathematical advances and Spinoza’s, Locke’s and Descartes’ philosophical explorations.

Baroque musicians sought to portray human emotions objectively, similar to the scientific approach so many great thinkers took. Though some critics find baroque music somewhat cold as a result, when it’s performed properly, it stirs listeners’ souls.

One distinct quality of baroque music is each piece (or movement in a multi-movement piece) conveys one – and only one – emotion.

Baroque music was the first instrumental music with no other purpose than to have people listen to it. Prior to baroque, instrumental music accompanied singing or dancing.

The BMI’s Baroque Bash begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. Tickets are $17, $22 and $27 ($7 for children) and may be purchased by calling (970) 547-3100.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.


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