A program of Italian concerti grossi by Corelli and Geminiani.
During the end of the 17th century what we know today as the concerto grosso morphed into existence. In its basic form the baroque concerto grosso is a multi-movement work which contrasts a small group of solo instruments concertino i.e; two violins, cello, and harpsichord, against a full string orchestra and continuo known as the ripieno.
The concerto grosso was purely an Italian innovation from the mid 17th century. Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682) an important composer in the Italian peninsula at the time seems to have been the first composer to write a work of music which involved a group of solo instruments with orchestra. Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) was the first well known composer to title his works for multiple solo instruments “Concerto Grosso” (Grand Concert). Correlli’s concerto works were to be extremely influential for later composers such as Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), and George Frederick Handel (1685-1759).
The concerto grosso had a multiple movement form, usually: slow-fast-slow-fast-slow-fast. The titles of each movement would often be: Largo-Allegro-Adagio-Presto-Largo- Allegro.
Musicians from around the province will come together to play this spectacular concert of works that became some of the most influential music ever written.
Naomie Delafield, Laura Veeze, Gabriele Thielmann, Louise Stuppard, baroque violin
Ronelle Schaufele, Baroque viola
Josephine van Lier, Baroque cello, viola da gamba
Joelle Morton, Baroque bass
Marnie Giesbrecht, harpsichord