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Scherzi musicali | Academy of Ancient Music

Thursday April 20, 2023 at 19:30
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
£37.50, £29.50, £18.50, £5 (AAMplify)
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  1. Capriccio stravagante - Carlo Farina
  2. Sonata No 3 for violin and continuo (Imitation of bells) - Johann Paul von Westhoff
  3. Serenata No 28 from 'Hortulus Chelicus' - Johann Jakob Walther
  4. Ludi Musici - Samuel Scheidt
  5. Balletto a 4 in G 'Fechtschule' - Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
  6. Mensa sonora - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
  7. Polnische Sackspfeifen - Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
  8. Battalia a 10 in D - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

Novelties, parodies and flights of fancy. Expect the unexpected, as Bojan Cicic opens the baroque era’s musical jokebook for an evening of novelties, parodies and flights of fancy by Biber, Schmelzer and their contemporaries.

Humanity is part of nature too – and never more so than when we’re transforming the world around us into music. For composers like Biber, Schmelzer, Farina and Scheidt, there was nothing that wasn’t musical: a fencing school, a busy street, a city bell-tower or the chaos and clamour of battle.

You’ll hear them all in this flamboyant sonic extravaganza from six baroque masters letting their imaginations run off the leash. Expect bagpipes and bullets, pealing bells and rollicking dance tunes – plus a bunch of violins that think they’re harps. They’re painted from life by Bojan C?ic?ic´ and Academy of Ancient Music – performers who know that the baroque era was at its best when it had a smile on its face.

West Road Concert Hall
11 West Road

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