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Music in the Life of George Washington

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Although Washington was not a musician himself, he was a great appreciator of music and a fine dancer. This podcast is an exploration of the music George Washington heard at his Mount Vernon home.

Although Washington was not a musician himself, he was a great appreciator of music and a fine dancer. This podcast is an exploration of the music George Washington heard at his Mount Vernon home.
 

Written and narrated by our Research and Marketing intern Fiona Boyd, with research by Kaylan Stevenson, Daniel Ryan, and Suzanne Stumpf
 

Works performed include "Washington's Minuet" by P.-L. Duport, a minuet for harpsichord by Lully, a piano concerto by Theodore Smith, a violin and piano sonata by Maurer, a flute quartet by Pleyel, and "Washington's Gavotte" by P.-L. Duport.

Performers include Suzanne Stumpf, flute, Sarah Darling, violin, Daniel Ryan, cello & harpsichord, and Michael Bahmann, fortepiano

Berlin Rediscoveries

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A sampling of chamber music works from the Berlin Singakademie archives, an important collection thought lost during World War II but recently recovered.

A sampling of chamber music works from the Berlin Singakademie archives, an important collection thought lost during World War II but recently recovered.

Musical works include Johann Joachim Quantz's Quartet in D Major and Quartet in E Minor, C. P. E. Bach's Trio Sonata in Bb Major, and Gottlieb Muffat's Harpsichord Concertto in C Major.

Performers include Suzanne Stumpf, flute, Christina Day Martinson, violin, Marcia Cassidy, viola, Daniel Ryan, cello, and Michael Bahmann, harpsichord.

Jefferson's Music

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An introduction to the musical interests of Thomas Jefferson and the music he collected and performed with his family and friends.

An introduction to the musical interests of Thomas Jefferson and the music he collected and performed with his family and friends.

Works performed include the traditional fiddle tune "Love in a Village," Johann Schobert's Sonata in Bb Major for keyboard and violin, Antonio Campioni's Trio Sonata in C Major, Arcangelo Corelli's Violin Sonata in C Major, and Maria Cosway's Ogni dolce.

Performers include Suzanne Stumpf, flute, Julia McKenzie, violin, Daniel Ryan, cello, Michael Bahmann, harpsichord, and Pamela Dellal, mezzo-soprano.

Pleasure Gardens of London

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This podcast brings Vauxhall's festive atmosphere to life

Vauxhall in the outskirts of London was the scene of captivating outdoor concerts and public gatherings in the 18th century. Through tuneful English songs and brilliant symphonies and concertos by star composers Arne, Handel, J.C. Bach, and Hook, interspersed with anecdotes from the period, this podcast brings this festive atmosphere to life.

Written by Suzanne Stumpf and Daniel Ryan; narrated by Suzanne Stumpf

A video version of this episode can be seen here.

Performers: Teresa Wakim, soprano; Suzanne Stumpf, traverso; Héloïse Degrugillier, traverso;
Elisabeth Axtell and Jane Sebring, natural horns; Sarah Darling and Jesse Irons, violins
Marcia Cassidy, viola; Daniel Ryan, cello; Jay Elfenbein, Baroque bass
Michael Bahmann, organ
 
Musical selections:
Johann Christian Bach: Overture to Artaserse - Allegro di molto
(Excerpt during narrative: Thomans Arne: The Morning)
Johann Christian Bach: See the Kind Indulgent Gales
George Frideric Handel: Hornpipe for Vauxhall
(Excerpt during narrative: John Worgan: To fly like Bird)
Thomas Arne: Ariel's Song
James Hook: Organ Concerto in D Major, op. 1, no.5 (Rondo/Allegro)
James Hook: The Lass of Richmond Hill
 
Performed at Musicians of the Old Post Road's "Pleasure Gardens of London" concert at Gore Place, Waltham, MA, September 2018

Stars in Their Eyes

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Discover music by Enlightenment-era composers who were both musicians and scientists

Discover music by Enlightenment-era composers who were both musicians and scientists (most with interest in astronomy) as well as works by other 18th-century composers inspired by star-gazing. Video version includes beautiful musical iconography of the period, paintings of various featured personalities, astronomical renderings, and more!

Written by Daniel Ryan and Suzanne Stumpf
Narrated by Suzanne Stumpf

A video version of this episode can be seen here.

 
 
 
Performers:
Kristen Watson, soprano
Suzanne Stumpf and Rachel Carpentier, traversi
Sarah Darling and Jesse Irons, violins
Marcia Cassidy, viola; Daniel Ryan, cello
Michael Bahmann, harpsichord
 
Musical selections:
(Excerpt during narrative: Johan Daniel Berlin: Sinfonia in D Major - Allegro)
Johann Christoph Schmidt: Chaconne from Les Quatre Saisons

John Marsh: String Quartet in Bb Major - Finale (Presto)
Johan Daniel Berlin: Sinfonia in D Major - Largo
Carl Frederich Baumgarten: Quartet in G Major for flute, two violins, and cello, op. 2, no. 6 - Allegretto
William Herschel: Symphonia di Camera in F Minor - Allegro moderato

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Ariette and Chaconne from Castor et Pollux 
 
Performed at Musicians of the Old Post Road's "Stars In Their Eyes" concert at Emmanuel Church, Boston, MA, May 2019

Jefferson In Paris

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An exploration of the life and musical interests of Thomas Jefferson during the time he was in Paris in the 1780s, serving as a trade minister for the fledgling United States.

This episode features varied instrumental selections by five prominent composers whose works Jefferson is known to have heard. Video version includes beautiful period paintings and illustrations of 18th-century Paris and of the fascinating featured personalities in this episode.

Written by Daniel Ryan and Suzanne Stumpf
Narrated by Suzanne Stumpf

A video version of this episode can be seen here

Performers:
Suzanne Stumpf, traverso
Sarah Darling and Jesse Irons, violins
Marcia Cassidy, viola; Daniel Ryan, cello
Michael Bahmann, harpsichord
 
Music performed:
(excerpt during narrative:Niccolò Piccinni: Flute concerto in D Major - Allegro con brio)
François-Joseph Gossec: Flute Quartet in D Major, op. 14, no. 1 - Allegro moderato
Maddalena Lombardini Sirmen:Trio in D Major, op. 1, no. 3 - Menuetto
Claude Balbastre: Marche des Marseillois et l’Air Ça-ira for harpsichord
Antonio Sacchini: String Quartet in A Major, op. 2, no. 6 - Largo sostenuto; Fuga Allegro spirituoso
Niccolò Piccinni" Flute concerto in D Major - Spirituoso
 
Performed at Musicians of the Old Post Road's "Jefferson in Paris" concert at Old South Church, Boston, MA, November 2018
 

Mozart in Mannheim

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This podcast episode brings to life the music scene in Mannheim in 1777 where the 21-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had ventured with his mother with the aim of developing his career.

The extensive correspondence between family members richly reveals the cultural scene in Mannheim. We tell this story through a sampling of musical works by Mozart and his composer colleagues and selected readings from the family missives.

Written, narrated, and produced by Suzanne Stumpf and Daniel Ryan
 

A video version of this episode can be seen here.

Performers:
Suzanne Stumpf, Classical flute
Sarah Darling, violin
Marcia Cassidy, viola
Daniel Ryan, cello
 
Music performed:

(in background) W.A. Mozart: Allegro from Quartet in D Major for flute and strings, K. 285
Christian Cannabich: Andante from Quartet in A Minor for flute and strings, op. 1, no. 4
Ignaz Holzbauer: Andante assai from Sonata da Camera in F Minor
Johann Baptist Wendling: Allemande (Presto) from Trio in D Major, op. 5, no. 6 
(in background) W.A. Mozart: Adagio from Quartet in D Major for flute and strings, K. 285
Josef Myslivecek: Andante from Divertimento in A Major
W.A. Mozart: Rondeau from Quartet in D Major for flute and strings, K. 285