Salut! Baroque presents MELANCHOLY AND MIRTH.
Early baroque music, much of it composed for the church, was often melancholy in character and meditative by nature. The gradual increase of separation between sacred and secular music opened new opportunities for composers to write purely for entertainment – such as Thomas D’Urfey’s “pleasant and divertive” set of songs, “Wit and Mirth, or Pills to Purge Melancholy” (1698).
This concert extends beyond Baroque entertainments to include Classical Mozart, both father and son. Leopold (in the 300th year of his birth) is represented by his witty Toy Symphony, while Wolfgang’s celebrated Magic Flute is reimagined for the Csakan (the ‘walking stick’ recorder) in an arrangement from 1793 by Franz Ehrenfried, who was keen to capitalise on its extraordinary popularity.
Enjoy music by Mozart, Bach, Locatelli, Cimarosa, Matteis and Farina.
Musicians: Sally Melhuish, Recorder Hans-Dieter Michatz, Recorder Jane Downer, Baroque Oboe Matthew Greco, Baroque Violin Annie Gard, Baroque Violin Stephen Freeman, Baroque Viola Tim Blomfield, Baroque Cello Steven Machamer, Percussion Monika Kornel, Harpsichord
With thanks to Salute! Baroque, Sydney Arts Guide has four double pass giveaways to MELANCHOLY AND MIRTH, Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music on Sunday 24 February @ 3pm. To be in the running, email (email@example.com) with MELANCHOLY_AND_MIRTH as the subject and your full name. Competition closes Midnight on Friday February 22, 2019 when the winner will be drawn. Only the winner will be notified and the pass will be available at the box office on the evening of performance.