Much of the classical music we hear in concert halls today was written centuries before the creation of recording technology. For this reason, we can never truly know how live performances sounded when most famous composers were alive. This concert makes use of letters, treatises, and historical instruments to piece together the “battle of tastes” between Italian and French musicians in the 17th and 18th century, as well as to discuss just what it means for music to be baroque.
Pieces featured range from early music favorites like the virtuosic Corellli’s La Folia, Biber’s Representativo Sonata, tuneful dances, to Locatelli’s Trio Sonata Op. 5 no. 2, La Francois by Couperin, and a symphonic trio sonata by J.C. Bach.
Christine Beckman, baroque violin
Joshua Romatowski, baroque flute
Juliana Soltis, baroque cello
Qin Ying Tan, harpsichord and baroque dance