Program Archives

Sunday Baroque 6/10: George Frideric Handel
06/09/18

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According to one legend, George Frideric Handel substituted for the regular church organist after services one day. But Handel’s playing was so extraordinary that the congregation...

Sunday Baroque Listings: May 27, 2018
05/26/18

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“Battaglia” is the Italian word for battle, and in music it refers to a composition that portrays the sounds and emotions of a battle. It was a popular form in the...

Sunday Baroque Listings: May 20, 2018
05/18/18

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For 12 years, violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann had exclusive use of a 1711 Stradivarias violin nicknamed the *“Lady Inchiquin” that had been played by Fritz Kreisler. It was owned by...

Bach’s Flute Sonata
04/14/18

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A SICILIANO is a musical form that evokes a pastoral mood … the middle movement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Flute Sonata in E-flat is a particularly beautiful...

Sunday Baroque 3/25:  Vivaldi’s SPRING Concerto
03/24/18

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Georg Philipp Telemann was an outstanding musician who could play many different instruments … he was also a prolific composer, AND a savvy businessman. There was a...

Sunday Baroque: Georg Philipp Telemann
03/10/18

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Georg Philipp Telemann lived to the ripe old age of 86, outliving most of his contemporaries and actively composing almost to the end. He was exceptionally prolific...

01/13/18

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SOME of Antonio Vivaldi’s hundreds of Concertos have descriptive nicknames – the Four Seasons are probably the best example. And Vivaldi may have heard peasants...

Sunday Baroque Listings: April 16, 2017
04/15/17

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Music was NOT the original career Antonio Vivaldi trained to pursue. He studied for the priesthood and was even ordained, but within the first year, he gave up his church...

Sunday Baroque Listings: February 19, 2017
02/18/17

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1685 was an important year for music – George Frideric Handel was born on February 23rd, about a month before Johann Sebastian Bach. Sunday Baroque will celebrate...

Sunday Baroque Listings: February 12, 2017
02/11/17

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Francois Couperin imitated what he imagined to be the cooing and trilling of a “Nightingale in Love” in one of his keyboard solos. It’s become a favorite piece by...

Sunday Baroque Listings: February 5, 2017
02/04/17

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Pianist Andre Watts had one of those magical launches to his career – he was still a teenager when Leonard Bernstein chose him to play with the New York Philharmonic...

Sunday Baroque Listings: January 15, 2017
01/13/17

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“Bergamasca” was a type of rustic 16th century dance that allegedly originated in the Northern Italian town of Bergamo, although the composers who wrote them were not...

Sunday Baroque Listings: December 18, 2016
12/16/16

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In the baroque era, music was written for all kinds of occasions -- church holidays, weddings, mealtime entertainment, royal lullabies, and more. A new recording on...

Sunday Baroque Listings: November 13, 2016
11/11/16

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Every time you listen to Sunday Baroque you know you can expect to hear familiar music by composers whose names you might recognize – such as George Frideric Handel...

Sunday Baroque Listings: November 6, 2016
11/04/16

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Pittsburgh – Philadelphia -- Cleveland -- Boulder, Colorado – all cities with outstanding musical ensembles. Some of them even specialize in playing baroque and...

Sunday Baroque Listings: October 23, 2016
10/21/16

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19th century composer Johannes Brahms once advised: “Study Bach. There you will find everything.”   Bach intended much of his music to sharpen his...

Sunday Baroque Listings: October 9, 2016
10/07/16

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You may not be able to pick out a bassoon from an orchestra line-up, but you would probably recognize the SOUND of the instrument as the gruff grandfather in Peter and the Wolf. ...

Sunday Baroque Listings: October 2, 2016
09/30/16

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In 1669, at the tender age of 20, John Blow stepped into the prestigious job of organist at Westminster Abbey. More than 300 years later, the Westminster Abbey Choir...

Sunday Baroque Listings: October 2, 2016
09/29/16

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In 1669, at the tender age of 20, John Blow stepped into the prestigious job of organist at Westminster Abbey. More than 300 years later, the Westminster Abbey Choir...

Sunday Baroque Listings: September 4, 2016
09/02/16

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It’s Labor Day weekend – maybe you have time off for the holiday, and a chance to relax and catch your breath. To make it a little more enjoyable, Sunday Baroque...

Sunday Baroque Listings: August 14, 2016 (Antonio Vivaldi)
08/12/16

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A viola da gamba is, literally, a viol of the leg. It’s a bowed string instrument that’s held between the legs, so it resembles a cello. The earliest instruments...

Sunday Baroque Listings: August 7, 2016
08/05/16

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Every year, over the first full weekend in August, the town of Twinsburg, Ohio hosts a Twins Day Festival. Twins and triplets and other “multiples” will descend on...

Sunday Baroque Listings: July 17, 2016
07/16/16

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When someone gives you a nickname you don’t like you can usually shrug it off. But when King Louis the 13th called his court musician Michel Danican by...

France’s big Bastille Day
07/09/16

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France’s big Bastille Day holiday is celebrated on July 14th. It’s the annual commemoration of the start of the Revolution in 1789, and Sunday Baroque...

Sunday Baroque Listings: July 3, 2016 - Independence Day
07/01/16

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One of this country’s leading early music groups is led by a British conductor: Nicholas McGegan became music director of the San Francisco-based Philharmonia...