Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2019-2020

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Quicksilver
Photo credit: Teresa Tam

Coolidge Auditorium

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Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeskiviolins and directors
Dominic Teresidulcian
Avi Steinharpsichord, organ
Greg Inglessackbut
with guest John Lenti, theorbo and baroque guitar

J.S. Bach was very much aware of his musical heritage, especially of those German composers who had come before him.  Quicksilver's program explores the extraordinarily inventive 17th-century music that influenced Bach's development. From Northern Germany, the elaborate inventions of masters like Dieterich Buxtehude and the highly imaginative Weckmann caught Bach's imagination and prompted him to make his epic hike to Lübeck.  From Southern Germany, Quicksilver investigates the ingenious chamber music of J.J. Fux as well as the elegant French-influenced dance music of Johann Pachelbel and the virtuosic inventions of Johann Schmeltzer and H.I.F. von Biber. And from Leipzig itself we will hear from the eloquent Johann Rosenmüller — a man who would have been Bach's predecessor at the Thomaskirche had he not had to flee the city due to persecution.

“Quicksilver signifies something unpredictable and swiftly responsive. It’s the perfect name for an ensemble that revels in music of the highest quality – and that demands exceptional instrumental skills.” (Gramophone)

Bach’s Library

WECKMANN

Sonata no. 9 à 4
Sonata no. 2 à 4

ROSENMÜLLER

Sonata in D minor à 4
Sonata in E minor à 2

LEGRENZI

Sonata terza

BIBER

Sonata a tre

PACHELBEL

Sonata in E minor à due

VIERDANCK

Canzon in C major, no. 21

BUXTEHUDE

Prelude in G minor, BuxWV 163

FUX

Sonata à 4 in G minor

KERLL

Sonata à 2

SCHMELTZER

Sonata à 4 in G major, “La Carolietta”

PRE-CONCERT CONVERSATION with the Artists
6:30 pm – Whittall Pavilion