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Muffat Festival - The Italian Influence

Sunday February 25, 2018 at 11:00
St John's Smith Square, London
Festival Pass £45 (£25); single concert £16 (£10), £5 YF
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  1. Trio Sonata No 1 in F Op 1 - Arcangelo Corelli
  2. Sonata for violin and continuo in D - Georg Muffat
  3. Trio Sonata No 3 in B flat Op 2 - George Frideric Handel
  4. Trio Sonata No 5 in D minor Op 3 No 5 - Arcangelo Corelli
  5. Sonata for cello and continuo in D Minor - George Frideric Handel
  6. Trio Sonata No 12 in D Op 1 - Arcangelo Corelli

The Italian Influence

An intimate chamber programme (for 1 and 2 violins and continuo) which explores the Italian influence on chamber music by Muffat and Handel, paired with works by Corelli, the pre-eminent Italian virtuoso violinist of the period.

Today we credit Corelli with providing the template for so many Italianate musical innovations in the baroque era. However, Muffat’s Italian-styled violin sonata of 1677 predates all of Corelli’s chamber music, and shows that Italian influence prevailed in Germany before Muffat even encountered Corelli.

Georg Muffat (1653-1704) lived through a time of immense political and musical change in Europe, influencing future generations of musicians. He studied and worked in France during the early part of Louis XIV’s reign, worked in Rome, encountering Corelli, and then in various parts of central Europe. This was a time of transformation in the musical landscape, with rivalry between old and new factions. Muffat was the first person to bring French musical language and the fashion for dance idiom to Germany. His immense skill in fusing different musical styles, be it German, French or Italian made him a true trendsetter.

Muffat Festival

Over this weekend The Brook Street Band (plus guests) delves into Muffat’s world, exploring the varied musical styles that informed and shaped him. The Band explores his legacy in the form of chamber and orchestral music by composers including Bach and Handel, with four concerts (plus a dance-music workshop and illustrated pre-concert talks) providing a comprehensive musical survey, as well as a natural ebb and flow in terms of mood and scale, small chamber versus orchestral line-ups, and art music versus dance music. Concerts include music from Muffat’s Armonico Tributo ‘chamber sonatas suitable for few or many instruments’) in varying church and chamber style, as well a selection from the two volumes of Muffat’s ground-breaking Florilegium.

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