Music before 1750

'In Modern Style', Music of 17th Century Italy

Tarquinio Merula (1595-1665)

Canzona La Monteverde, Op. 17 No. 7 per canto e basso (Venice, 1651)

Capriccio Cromatico, from Composizioni per Organo e Cembalo

Marco Uccellini (ca. 1603 – 1680)

Sonata seconda ‘detta la Luciminia Contenta’

     for violin and basso continuo, from: Sonate, Correnti e Arie da  

     camera e da chiesa a 1, 2 e 3, Op. 4 (1645)

Giovanni Batista Fontana (1589 - 1630)

Sonata Decima a Fagotto e violino, from Sonate a 1, 2, 3 (Venice, 1641)

Arcangelo Corelli (1653 - 1713)

Sonata in g minor, Op. 5 no. 5 for violin and continuo (Rome, 1700),

     transcribed for viola da gamba and continuo

     Adagio - Vivace - Adagio - Vivace - Giga (Allegro)

Maurizio Cazzati (1616-1678)

Sonata Quarta "La Cagnola”,

     from Sonate a violino, violone e b.c. Op. 55 (Bologna, 1670)

     Allegro - Largo - Grave - Largo

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643)

Cento Partite sopra Passacagli, F.29,

     from Toccate e partite d'intavolatura, Libro 1 (1637)

Toccata per Spinettina e Violino F.8.49, from Canzoni Libro 1 (1628)

Giovanni Paolo Cima (1570? — 1630)

Sonata for violin and violone, from Concerti Ecclesiastici (1610)

Discovered Gems - Music from the Düben Collection

Johann Rosenmüller (1619 -1684)

     Sonata Quinta à 3

     from Sonatae à 2,3,4 e 5 stromenti da arco et altri (1682)

          Grave - Largo - Adagio - Presto - Adagio

Jean-Fery Rebel (1666 - 1747)

     Violin Sonata No. 5 in D Major (1713)

          Viste - Légèrement - Sarabande - Viste - Gigue

Johann Vierdanck (1605-1646)

     Sonata for two solo violins

Philipp Heinrich Erlebach (1657 - 1714)

     Sonata No. 3 in A major for violin, viola da gamba and basso continuo                (1694)

          Adagio - Allemande - Courante - Sarabande - Ciaconne - Final (Adagio)

Dietrich Becker (1623 – 1679)

     Sonata in C minor for 2 violins, viola da gamba & basso continuo,

     from Zwey-stimmiger Sonaten und Suiten (1674)

          Adagio piano - Allegro - Adagio piano piano

Peter Philips (1561 — 1628)

     Pavana and Galliarda Doloroso. Treg[ian] (1593)

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (c. 1620-1680)  

     Sonata XII for 2 violins, viola da gamba & basso continuo

     (from Duodena selectarum sonatarum, 1659)

Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)

Ouverture, Op.13                                    

Marin Marais (1656 -1728)

Trio pour le coucher du Roi: Suite in g minor                          


Joseph-Barnabé Saint-Sevin, dit L′Abbé le Fils (1727–1803)     

Deuxième Suite d’Airs d’Opéra, for two violins

François Couperin ‘le Grand’ (1668 - 1733)

from Les Nations: Premier Ordre ‘La Françoise’               



La Sultane                                        


Deuxième Récreation en Musique, Op.8

November 2017 program:

Music Restored -

Chamber music from 17th & 18th century England

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Sonata #5 in g minor Z.806, from 10 Sonatas in 4 Parts                                                                                     

Nicola Matteis (c.1670-1713)

Ayre in C, from Ayres in 3 Parts, Libro Primo                                                       

Henry Purcell

From “The Second Part of Musicke’s Hand-Maid”                                                                        

         A New Ground  Z.T682

         Sefauchi’s Farewell  Z.656

         A New Scotch Tune  Z.655

Thomas Arne (1710-1778)

Sonata #7 in e minor, from 7 Sonatas for 2 violins &                                                  

basso continuo, Op. 3

Tobias Hume (1579-1645)

          The First Part of Ayres                                                                                                   

          Tickle Me Quickly

          Touch Me Lightly

          Loves Farewell

William Lawes (1602-1645)

Sonata #8 in D+ for violin, viol, and harpsichord                                                         

Nicola Matteis

Ayres for the Violin                                                                                                                          

William Boyce (1711-1779)

Sonata #3 in A+                                                                                                           


September 2017 program:

Sudden Beauty - Extraordinary music from 17th century Germany and England

This concert presents exquisite instrumental music from 17th century Germany and England, with its characteristic virtuosity and ravishing, audacious harmonies.

Johann Adam Reincken (1643-1722)

Sonata #2 in Bb major, from Hortus Musicus              

2 violins, viola da gamba, & continuo

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Sonata #2 in a minor Bux 272, for violin and viola da gamba  

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Suite Suite in D minor [Z.668} from "A Choice Collection of Lessons for the Harpsichord or Spinnet", London, 1696               

Henry Purcell

Sonata #4 in F+ Z.793 (from 12 Sonatas in 3 parts)

2 violins, viola da gamba, organ

Johann Vierdanck (1605-1646)

Sonata a 2 violini soli                                                  

Henry Purcell

Sonata #3 in a minor Z. 804 (from Sonatas of 4 parts)

October program:

French & German instrumental music from the early baroque

Jean-Fery Rebel

Violin sonata in A+                                                                     

P.H. Erlebach

Sonata in D+ for violin and viola da gamba                                     

Jacques Duphly

'La Forqueray' (Troisième Livre, 1758) - harpsichord solo                                                                        

Dieterich Buxtehude

Sonata in a minor Bux WV272 for violin                                   

and viola da gamba

Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre

Sonata No. 2 in D major (from Sonates pour le violon et pour le clavecin 1707)

Marin Marais

Sonnerie de Ste. Genevieve du Mont                                                    

de Paris

February program

Fire and Finesse:

French and Italian music of the early 18th century

with guest harpsichordist Jonathan Oddie

Jean-Fery Rebel

Trio Sonata No. 5 in D Major, 'La Pallas'

Giovanni Legrenzi

'La Bevilacqua', Op.8, No.8

harpsichord solo tba

Jean-Fery Rebel

Sonata No. 5 in D Major

Antonio Vivaldi

Suonata a solo facto per Monsieur Pisendel in C Major, RV2

Jean-Marie Leclair

Première recréation de musique, Op. 6 in D Major

The early 18th century was witness to a period of profound changes in intellectual and cultural life, literacy, and attitudes towards government and religion; the age of enlightenment brought with it a belief in the power of human reason to investigate and understand nature and human society.

In France, there was a transition from a court culture dominated by Louis XIV, to the new public sphere, where the young nobility, and increasingly affluent and literate bourgeoisie established salons in which to cultivate the work of writers, artists and musicians. While Versailles had previously been the centre of government and culture, musicians commonly kept residences both at Court and in Paris, travelling between the two centres. Increasingly, Italian musicians and composers travelled to Paris, bringing with them the fiery, virtuosic Italian style and forms. The sonata and cantata were two genres which were well-suited to the salon, and French chamber music began to reflect the union of French and Italian styles. Although there was considerable debate about the superiority of French suavity and finesse or the passion and fire of Italian music, inevitably aspects of both were incorporated into each others’ compositions. 

April program

“A German Spring”  


Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704)    

Partita VI in D major (from Harmonia Artificiosa-Ariosa)


Johann Philipp Krieger (1649-1725)            

Sonata Quarta in F major (from XII Suonate a doi Op.2)


Jacob Riehmann (1680-1726)                      

Sonata VI Op. 1 for viola da gamba and b.c.

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (c. 1620-1680)  

Sonata X for 2 violins, viola da gamba & b.c.

(from Duodena selectarum sonatarum)

Johann Rosenmüller (1619-1684)              

Sonata Sesta à 3


J.H. Schmelzer                        

Sonata IX for violin, viola da gamba & b.c.

Johann Jacob Froberger (1616-1667)  

Suite IV in F Major


H.I.F. von Biber               

Partita V for 2 violins, & b.c. in g minor