Music Before 1800 presents Davitt Moroney, harpsichord ~ Sunday, January 20 at 4 pm
Music Before 1800 presents Davitt Moroney, harpsichord
Davitt Moroney, world-famous harpsichordist and musicologist, performs J.S. Bach’s six French Suites, BWV 812 through 816. The French Suites have always been among Bach’s most popular works. He composed them between 1717 and 1723 when he was in his mid-thirties and happily employed at the court of the music-loving Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Cöthen. Davitt Moroney relishes playing all the suites together, and in order. In his own words, “Each suite does have its own inner character, and here the richness of Bach’s imagination can be appreciated. Bringing out these distinct characters within the overall concept of unity is, I feel, one of the principal responsibilities of the performer.”
Davitt Moroney performs as a soloist in major music festivals around the world. During the summer of 2012 he played in Venice; Montreal; Wilmington, Delaware; and Washington DC at the Smithsonian Institution. This program was praised by the Washington Post: “Moroney is one of the most accomplished players in the world, marrying deep scholarship with a lively musical imagination.” He has recorded over sixty commercial CDs, many of them winners of prestigious awards. Recent recordings on antique harpsichords for the Plectra label include Bach’s harpsichord concertos, the complete works of Louis Marchand and Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, and the first book of harpsichord pieces by François Couperin; this will be followed by the remainder of Couperin’s harpsichord works. Davitt Moroney has been a Professor of Music at Berkeley, CA, since 2001.
DATE & TIME:
Sunday January 20, 2012 4 pm
Corpus Christi Church 529 West 121st Street between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue Manhattan
$10-$45; $5 discount for students/seniors $10 student rush tickets at the door