Music before 1750


Musica Poetica - Instrumental music of 17th century Germany and France

This programme features music from two of the most important hearts of European music-making. In France, Paris and Versailles were the vibrant centres of musical activity, while in Germany there was no political or courtly centre to speak of, but a scattering of courts of different denominations, all influenced by Italian and French musical forms and styles, with the strong north German organ repertoire permeating the musical culture.

During this period new genres and forms were created as instrumental music was establishing itself as a musical entity independant of vocal music and text. Composers were writing sonatas and suites in abundance, expressing the rich variety of styles that arose from the cross-border travels of musicans. We have chosen just a few of these ravishing works for violin, viola da gamba, and harpsichord.

Thursday June 20 - 8pm

Bowen Island Library Annex

Friday June 21 - 8pm

Brackendale Art Gallery, Squamish

Saturday June 22 - 7:30 pm

Hodson Manor, Vancouver

Sunday June 23 - 12:30 pm

St. Christopher's Church, West Vancouver

For these concerts, La Modestine will be joined by guest

harpsichordist Kelly Savage.

Harpsichordist Kelly Savage has been praised by the New York Times for her “deft accompaniment.” She is artistic director of SIREN Baroque, and is a founding member of the New York opera company Opera Feroce. Ms. Savage specializes in innovative productions of baroque operas, in collaboration with groups such as Morningside Opera, Company XIV, and Vertical Players Repertory. She teaches theory and musicianship at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, directs the Stanford Community Chorus, and is the music director at Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco. Ms. Savage holds a doctorate from Stony Brook University, where she studied with Arthur Haas. She co-created Partifi, a popular online part-making tool for musicians.

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