MUSA Presents “Smorgasbord Baroque”
Music by Antonio de Salazar, Teodorico Pedrini, Georg Philipp Telemann, and more
Saturday, October 21, 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 22, 3:00 pm
Derek Tam, concert director and haprsicord
Cynthia Black and Addi Liu, Baroque violins
Gretchen Claasen, Baroque violoncello
“Smorgasbord Baroque” features Baroque and Classical music from unexpected places! From the imperial Chinese court to the cathedrals of Guatemala, composers drew from European and indigenous sources to create music that dynamically captured the first wave of globalization from the 16th through 18th centuries.
Interaction between cultures could be limited. Teodorico Pedrini, a missionary to the Chinese court, wrote a set of thoroughly Italianate 12 violin sonatas in Beijing. John Antes, an American missionary in Egypt, wrote thoroughly European-style string trios on the banks of the Nile.
You will hear Italian-born Francesco Geminiani’s sonatas based on old Scottish airs; the fifes and drums (as played on harpsichord) of the Battle of Trenton; songs by the Mexican Antonio de Salazar; Guatemalan Rafael Antonio Castellanos ; and the music of Ignatius Sancho, the first black man to vote in Great Britain!Download Program Notes