With the decades surrounding the birth of J.S. Bach as a nexus, we explore the artistic evolution of some of our period instruments through these three one-hour presentation-performances by OPR core members. Zoom Q&A to follow each.
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Jan. 30: The Teenage Violin: Growth Spurts in the Seventeenth Century by Sarah Darling
Originally used as an instrument for dance bands, the violin really grew to maturity as a solo voice between 1600-1700. Excitement over the flashy new instrument and its potential manifested itself in the Italian "stile moderno" and the German "stylus fantasticus" with highly virtuosic and experimental writing that will be explored in this talk with musical samplings.
Feb. 13: Unaccompanied Cello Repertoire: Origins through J. S. Bach by Daniel Ryan
This presentation/performance explores the origins and early development of the cello. Unlike the violin and viola, the size of the cello was not standardized until the 1680's, much later that its smaller string counterparts. Throughout the Baroque era, there continued to be great variety in how the instrument was made and played, including the number of strings, their tuning, and how the cello and bow were held. The variety in structure of and approaches to the instrument is reflected in the fascinating early repertoire written for it. Music performed and discussed in this presentation includes some of the earliest works for the cello: a ricercata by Giovanni Battista Degli Antonii and a ricercar by Domenico Gabrielli, both of which use a tuning of the instrument where the top string is tuned to G, one tone lower than the customary A. That same "Italian" tuning was used by J. S. Bach in his Suite No. 5 in C Minor for solo cello which will be discussed and performed in its entirety.
Feb. 27: Journey of the Transverse Flute by Suzanne Stumpf
Co-Artistic Director Suzanne Stumpf traces the evolution of the flute from the Baroque era (just prior to J.S. Bach’s birth) as the first fully chromatic transverse flute, to the development of multi-keyed, old system Classical and Romantic flutes, to Theobold Boehm's modern flute. As she discusses and performs on seven different instruments, listeners will learn about the cultural and technological influences that guided changes to the flute and experience the charm of each instrument through short performances of works by Hotteterre, J.S. Bach, Telemann, Quantz, Tromlitz, Kuhlau, Fiala, Debussy, and Gaubert.
The Delving Deeper Series is supported, in part, by a grant from the Natick, MA Cultural Council