The Prince’s Muse
BaroQue Across the River explores music from J.S. Bach’s Cöthen years when Prince Leopold’s passion for the arts prompted Bach to write to a dear friend ‘There I had a gracious Prince as master, who knew music as well as he loved it, and I hoped to remain in his service until the end of my life’. As music performed during this period was in the court rather than the church, this program will offer secular arias, instrumental trios and solos from Bach, Handel and Abel.
Sortilège d’Amour! the French Cantata
The cantata was a highly successful genre in the early 18th century. This lighter music of the splendid French baroque remains a favorite of our group! Visiting timeless stories of two legendary enchanting musicians, our program offers Rameau’s Orphee and Campra’s Arion, the beauty of Rameau’s Rossignols amoureux, harpsichord Pièces de Clavecin en concert #3 and Sonatas of Michele Mascitti.
A Musick Feast
After the Restoration, England became one of the most inviting destinations for European musicians. As part of the burgeoning musical culture of London, a group of gentlemen calling themselves “The Musical Society” began holding “Musick Feasts” to celebrate the Festival of St. Cecilia, the great patroness of music. Honoring this tradition, the group offers Handel’s The soft complaining flute from Handel’s “Ode to St. Cecilia”, along with songs of Purcell, cantatas of Stanley and sonatas of John Loeillet of London.
When Charles met Louis:
The French Connection
Charles II’s exile in France and new friendship with Louis XIV fostered his fascination for a more cosmopolitan style paving the way for musical change in England. He formed a band of twenty-four violins (imitating the vingt-quatre violins of Louis XIV) and had even hoped to attract Lully to his court. From the pleasure gardens of London to Louis XIV’s Court in Versailles, the group offers cantatas of Purcell, Stanley, Handel, Boismortier and Montéclair.
For the Love of Bach
Telemann was C.P.E’s godfather; Bach walked miles to study organ with Buxtehude; Heinrich Schütz paved the way for this genius of the cantata, counterpoint and melody. Drawing from sacred & secular cantatas, instrumental solos, and selections from Schütz’ Symphoniae Sacrae, the group presents an eclectic program from Bach’s circle of family and friends.
A Touch of Dutch
Part of “Five Dutch Days Five Boroughs” and celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the founding of the Hudson River & New Amsterdam, BaroQue Across the River explores 18th-century Dutch madrigals and arias by Huygens, and instrumental solos by Sweelinck, Hacquart and Locatelli.
The French Cantata:
Love, Longing & Triumph!
Classical mythology provided passionate and sometimes exotic subject matter for 18th century poets. Through their verses enterprising composers like Montéclair & Rameau set lovely arias and recitatives capturing the essence of these stories through The French Cantata. The group offers these tales of timeless moral lessons through Europa, L’Impatience, and Ariadne and Bacchus. Enjoy the virtuosic solos of Rameau’s Pièces de Clavecin en concert and Morel’s Chaconne for flute, viola da gamba and harpsichord.
The Joys of Coffee!
Eighteenth century coffee houses were the hub of news and inevitably a place where new ideas were formed. BaroQue Across the River offers a coffee break with the well-known favorite aria from J. S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata, the delightful lesser-known cantata Le Café by Nicolas Bernier and other delectables!