June 2:  TELEMANN IN PARIS

The "Paris Quartets" of Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)

Immanuel Davis, traverso - Leah Nelson, violin

Motomi Igarashi, viola da gamba - Dongsok Shin, harpsichord


PROGRAM:

Concerto secondo from Six quatuors

Première Suite from Six quatuors

Troisième Quatuor from Nouveaux quatuors

and solo Fantasies featuring each instrument


A sensation in Paris in the 1730's, the popular German composer and keyboardist Georg Philipp Telemann performed his “Quartets” with imminent local musicians during his visit in 1737, charming his 18th century patrons with familiar dances,

sweet melodies, & virtuosic flare.  


Our friend and colleague, Telemann scholar Steven Zohn writes, “Perhaps Telemann's most original contribution to the history of chamber music came in his quartets for three melody instruments and continuo… [with] intricate motivic interplay and kaleidoscopic shifts of texture among the upper parts. With the publication of the Quadri ([Six quatours] 1730) and Nouveaux quatuors (1738), the genre reached its peak.”


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Baroque in the Fields

a chamber music series


SUNDAYS at 3:00 PM

The Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street, NYC

– free of charge/donations welcome –


Sunday afternoon programs of eighteenth-century chamber music

performed on period instruments, in the beautiful space and acoustic found at

the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village.

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FEBRUARY 17: FanDANGo!

Guitar quintets of Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805) featuring Daniel Swenberg, baroque guitar

including the "Fandango" quintet (G. 448)

and music of Mozart arranged for guitar by Pierre Porro (1750-1831)

with

Chloe Fedor & Leah Nelson, violins

Jessica Troy, viola - Myron Lutzke, cello


MAY 19: CLEMENTI & CO.

A concert of Musick for fortepiano & violin featuring Dongsok Shin, fortepiano

Muzio Clementi (1752-1832) and his contemporaries –

popular parlor music from late-eighteenth-century London, Paris, and Colonial America

performed on a restored Clementi & Co. fortepiano

with Leah Nelson, violin


JUNE 2: TELEMANN in PARIS

Selections from the "Paris Quartets" Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)

Immanuel Davis, traverso - Leah Nelson, violin

Motomi Igarashi, viola da gamba - Dongsok Shin, harpsichord


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See more information below.

For further details or to contribute to the series contact:

Leah Gale Nelson at info@leahgalenelson.com

MAY 19: CLEMENTI & CO.

A concert of Musick for fortepiano & violin

featuring Dongsok Shin, fortepiano

Muzio Clementi (1752-1832) and his contemporaries –

popular parlor music from late-eighteenth-century London, Paris, and Colonial America

performed on a restored Clementi & Co. fortepiano.

with Leah Nelson, violin


PROGRAM:

Muzio Clementi (1752-1832) – Op. 2, No. 1 & Opus 15, No. 2

J. C. Bach (1735-1782) – solo sonata t.b.d.

Carlo Antonio Campioni (1720-1788), Op. 4 No. 6

Ignace Pleyel (1757-1831)


Before Mozart and Haydn became household names, the composers on this program enjoyed immense popularity, performing in private homes and in public concerts, their music published in London, Paris and Amsterdam to meet public demand.  Exploring the "new" keyboard instrument, the fortepiano, the music of these early Classical composers ranges from the simple and straightforward to the complex figuration of melodic sophistication that foreshadows the Romantic style on the horizon of the 19th-century.  


Using an original Clementi & Co. square piano, c. 1811, we hear the clarity of each instrument without restraint and in perfect balance.  Perhaps this music fell out of favor as the instruments evolved into those of today, better suited for later repertoire.  Here, the music is brought back to life with the clarity and youthful beauty of the original instruments.


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FEBRUARY 17:  FanDANGo!

Guitar quintets of Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

featuring Daniel Swenberg, baroque guitar

with Chloe Fedor & Leah Nelson, violins

Jessica Troy, viola - Myron Lutzke, cello


PROGRAM:

Guitar Quintet in D major, G. 445

The Grand Trio of Mozart, K. 304, arranged by Pierre Porro (1750-1831)

Guitar Quintet in d minor, G. 448, "Fandango"


Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805) developed a distinctive style that came to define Spanish music of his time, with castanet-inspired rhythms and syncopations, and lively hummable tunes leaving audiences wanting more. An excellent cellist, his writing pushes the boundaries of the time for that instrument with its virtuosity.  The popularity of the guitar in his day had Boccherini arranging some of his finest work to include the nobleman(and woman)'s instrument.


French guitarist Pierre Porro (1750-1831) flourished in Paris, with his methods and arrangements popularizing a variety of songs and chamber music for a guitar-crazed and music-loving world of professionals and amateurs in France, including Mozart's K. 304 (for fortepiano and violin) arranged for guitar, violin, and cello.


Program inspired by Mr. Swenberg's Broadway debut, with violinist Chloe Fedor, performing with Mark Rylance and Iestyn Davis in the 2017-18 run of Farinelli and the King.  Before the Handel arias, the pre-show jam included Boccherini's "Fandango", here featured in full.


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BiF (baroque in the fields)

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NOTES ON THE CONCERTS

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For more information contact:

Leah Gale Nelson at info@leahgalenelson.com



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info@leahgalenelson.com

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