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Muffat Festival - All About the Dance

Saturday February 24, 2018 at 19:30
St John's Smith Square, London
Festival Pass £45 (£25); single concert £16 (£10), £5 YF
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  1. Suite Splendide Nuptiae, from Florilegium Secundum - Georg Muffat
  2. La chasse, from Ballet des arts - Jean-Baptiste Lully
  3. Suite in B flat, from Alcina HWV 34 - George Frideric Handel
  4. Suite No 3 in B flat major, from Le journal de printemps Op 1 - Johann Caspar Fischer
  5. Suite No 1, 'Eusebia', from Florilegium primum - Georg Muffat
  6. Orchestral Suite No 2 in B minor BWV 1067 - Johann Sebastian Bach

All About the Dance

Following on from the morning’s exhilarating dance workshop, experience some of the wonderfully rich and joyous orchestral music for strings, flutes and recorders that was such an important part of life at French Courts and further afield.

Festival Talk 5.30pm (free to ticket holders of the evening performance)
Muffat – his life, his music and his legacy
Tatty Theo presents an illustrated talk, exploring this rich period of political and musical change in 17th century Europe that shaped and defined Muffat’s music.

Muffat Festival

Georg Muffat (1653-1704) lived through a time of immense political and musical change in Europe, influencing future generations of musicians. He studied and worked in France during the early part of Louis XIV’s reign, worked in Rome, encountering Corelli, and then in various parts of central Europe. This was a time of transformation in the musical landscape, with rivalry between old and new factions. Muffat was the first person to bring French musical language and the fashion for dance idiom to Germany. His immense skill in fusing different musical styles, be it German, French or Italian made him a true trendsetter.

Over this week-end The Brook Street Band (plus guests) delves into Muffat’s world, exploring the varied musical styles that informed and shaped him. The Band explores his legacy in the form of chamber and orchestral music by composers including Bach and Handel, with four concerts (plus a dance-music workshop and illustrated pre-concert talks) providing a comprehensive musical survey, as well as a natural ebb and flow in terms of mood and scale, small chamber versus orchestral line-ups, and art music versus dance music. Concerts include music from Muffat’s Armonico Tributo ‘chamber sonatas suitable for few or many instruments’) in varying church and chamber style, as well a selection from the two volumes of Muffat’s ground-breaking Florilegium.

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