Sunday Baroque Listings: May 22, 2016
If you think music from the baroque era is “out of this world” then you’re REALLY going to like the music on Sunday Baroque this weekend! You’ll travel to the stars through a lively 17th century Spanish piece, and make a heavenly journey thanks to sacred music by Claudio Monteverdi. You’ll even hear a concerto by an Italian Baroque composer who had a supernova named after him! Those are some highlights of Sunday Baroque this weekend.
British portrait master Thomas Gainsborough was a music lover and aspiring musician. He bought numerous fine quality musical instruments and befriended some of the top musicians of the day, taking lessons from them, and having them sit for portraits. You’ll hear music by one of Gainsborough’s musical friends this week on Sunday Baroque.
Oboes and bassoons are members of the double-reed family of instruments, meaning that the player blows through two little pieces of cane that vibrate against one another to create the sound. THE REEDS is also the title of a French baroque keyboard piece that involves NO oboes or bassoons! You’ll hear a concerto for two oboes and a bassoon AND those keyboard “reeds” this week on Sunday Baroque.
As a young musician, Johann Sebastian Bach heard about Dietrich Buxtehude, the man he considered THE greatest organist and composer around. Bach even made a long pilgrimage on foot to meet his hero, but it’ll be much more convenient for you. Just tune into Sunday Baroque this week to hear music by Bach and his idol.