Ars Antigua Presents: Spring Quarter 2014

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One of the great harpsichordists of his time, and court composer to Louis XIV, Francois Couperin helped incorporate Italian melodic concepts into French baroque forms. Couperin wrote four volumes of harpsichord music, published between 1713 and ’30, which contain over 200 solo works that could also be played in small chamber ensembles. The composer grouped these pieces into ordres that were made up of short dance movements and character pieces, many of which Couperin and colleagues performed each Sunday at Versailles.

Francois Couperin

Today we will transport ourselves back to one of these Sunday gatherings at the court of Louis XIV as we listen to Francois Couperin’s Ritratto dell’amore for recorder and continuo as performed by Les Graces.

 

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Podcast produced by Joshua Sauvageau

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Ars Antigua Presents: Winter Quarter 2013

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Born in Northern Italy, Maria Xaveria Peruchona (ca. 1652-after 1709) joined the Collegio di Sant’Orsola, a religious convent for women, in 1668. Contemporary accounts indicated that Peruchona was a fine singer and organist, and she no doubt studied with Isabella Leonarda who was one of the most prolific female composers of that time. Peruchona devoted the majority of her life to the religious orders, but also composed several sacred motets and anthems.

Maria Xaveria Peruchona’s motet “Ad Gaudia, ad jubila” from a live performance by Carolina Pro Musica.

Ars Antigua Presents promotes the work of early music students at the high school and college levels. If you know of an ensemble that represents this next generation of performers, let us know and they may be featured on our podcast.

Podcast produced by Joshua Sauvageau

 

 

Peruchona's home town of Galliate.


Ars Antigua Presents: Autumn Quarter 2013

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Hailing from Verona, Evaristo Felice dall’Abaco was a baroque violinist and composer. Born in 1675 to a skilled guitarist, dall’Abaco received some of the best musical training available, and may even have been a student of Giuseppi Torelli. He spent most of his life composing and performing in his native Italy, but in 1715, he was appointed Concert-meister at court in Munich, where he would remain until his death in 1742. Dall’Abaco’s oeuvre is rather slight, consisting of only six known Opuses. These works are primarily sonatas and concerti in the style of his contemporary, Antonio Vivaldi. It is from dall’Abaco’s Opus 2 Dodici Concerti a Quattro da Chiesa, that we will hear today’s selection, in four movements: Largo, Allegro e Spiritoso, Grave, and Allegro.

Concerti a Quattro da Chiesa in g minor, Op. 2 No. 5 of dall’Abaco, as performed by the Atascocita High School Chamber Strings.

Ars Antigua Presents promotes the work of early music students at the high school and college levels. If you know of an ensemble that represents this next generation of performers, let us know and they may be featured on our podcast.

 

Podcast produced by Joshua Sauvageau

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