The Early Moderns: Extravagant and Inventive New Music of the 17th Century from Italy and Germany
For the concert “The Early Moderns: Extravagant and Inventive New Music of the 17th Century from Italy and Germany,” the exciting American instrumental ensemble Quicksilver performs virtuosic pieces by Castello, Fontana, Bertali, Weckmann, and others. During that century the world became modern. New technologies emerged, our modern economic system was developed, and the earth no longer ruled supreme at the center of the universe. The cultural revolution also affected music. Composers consciously began to create a nuove musiche or stile moderno—baroque music made up of dramatic contrasts and volatile emotions—unlike the smooth tapestry of Renaissance polyphony.
Led by violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, Quicksilver brings together some of America’s best early music performers. For this concert they are joined by Dominic Teresi, dulcian; Avi Stein, harpsichord and organ; and Charles Weaver, theorbo and baroque guitar. The ensemble’s debut recording, Stile Moderno: new music from the seventeenth century, has been lauded as “technically expert, flexible in phrasing, and stylish in ornamentation, fully aware of this music’s rich sense of theatre” (Fanfare Magazine).
Quicksilver does nothing by halves: the ensemble balance … is impeccable and the musical scholarship deep, and the group willingly matches the extravagance of its repertoire with enchantingly engaged playing. —Vancouver Sun
DATE & TIME:
Sunday, February 9 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