A collaboration between Early Music Vancouver, the Pacific Baroque Festival, the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria.
The King's Fiddler
Ayres for the Violin
Thursday, February 16th at 11:00 am
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
Doors open at 10:30AM
Marc Destrubé, violin and artistic director
Natalie Mackie, viola da gamba
Marco Vitale, harpsichord and organ
Let the marvelous ensemble of Marc Destubé (violin), Natalie Mackie (viol da gamba) and Marco Vitale (harpsichord) welcome you with some wonderful music by composers from King Charles II’s London. The restoration of the monarchy in 1660 allowed music-making to flourish and encouraged composer–performers in London to write virtuosic music for their instruments.
The Neapolitan Nicola Matteis took London by storm, both as virtuoso violinist and composer. His Ayres for the violin are fine Italian-style dances, with a touch of French grace and are technically quite demanding. Before Matteis, Thomas Baltzar was the most famous violinist of his day who entered Charles II’s service as a leader of the king’s private music ensemble, the ‘Four and Twenty Fiddlers.’
Revel in the music of these and other storied musicians of this period before concluding with a suite for violin, viol and organ by the greatest composer of the court of King Charles I, William Lawes. When Lawes died in 1645, aged just 43, having impetuously rushed into battle at the siege of Chester, there were many laments and elegies for this remarkable musician and man. Enjoy this hour of music reflecting the influence of Italian and French schools on the thriving musical world of the Restoration.
Portrait of Johann Christian Bach by Thomas Gainsborough
A Prelude for the violin in G Major
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Thomas Baltzar (1630–1663)
A Prelude for the violin in G Major
Variations on ‘John Come Kiss me Now’
Carl Friedrich Abel (1723–1787)
Sonata in G Major for solo viola da gamba, WK 155
Adagio - Minuet
John Jenkins (1592–1678)
Fantasy in d minor for violin, viol and basso continuo
Nicola Matteis (1650–1713)
‘Diverse bizzarie sopra la vecchia sarabanda o pur ciaccona’, for violin and basso continuo, from ‘Ayres for the violin’ (1676)
Gottfried Finger (ca. 1660–1730)
Sonata No. 2 in D Major for bass viol & harpsichord
Adagio - Allegro - Adagio -Allegro - Adagio - Presto - Adagio
Aria & Divisions - Adagio - Allegretto - Allegro non troppo
Suite in g minor for violin and basso continuo, from ‘Ayres for the violin, Book II’
Preludio in ostinatione - Passaggia rotto - Andamento malinconico - Ricercata in G-solreut terza minore - Corrente da Orecchia - Sarabanda - Giga
Johann Christoph Pepusch (1667–1752)
Chaconne in C Major for harpsichord solo
William Lawes (1602–1645)
Suite in D Major for violin, viol and organ
Fantasia - Air (Alman) - Air (Galliard)
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GETTING TO ALIX GOOLDEN HALL
Alix Goolden Hall is located at 907 Pandora Ave.
Patrons must enter the venue from 900 Johnson St.
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