Clive Unger-Hamilton: Discover Music of the Baroque Era (unabridged)

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Clive Unger-Hamilton: Discover Music of the Baroque Era (unabridged)

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27th April 2009

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Clive Unger-Hamilton: Discover Music of the Baroque Era (unabridged)


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Bach, Vivaldi and Handel are the three great composers of the Baroque era, though there are many other well-known figures, including Albinoni, Pachelbel and Scarlatti. This engaging introduction, interspersed liberally music, shows how the music of these composers graced the courts and churches of Europe from 1600-1750. It is a fascinating story.

Clive Unger-Hamilton: Discover Music of the Baroque Era

Chapter 1: Enter the Players

Individuality

Italy: The Cradle of the Baroque

George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in B minor, Op. 6, No. 12, HWV 330

Concerto Grosso in B minor, Op. 6, No. 12, HWV 330: III. Larghetto, e piano - Variatio

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Instrumental Development and Choral Virtuosity

Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: I. Adagio

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This change is especially dramatic…

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in D minor, K.120/L.215/P.146

Keyboard Sonata in D minor, K. 120/L.215/P.146: Allegrissimo

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Many regard the choral music of J.S. Bach…

Johann Sebastian Bach: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!, BWV 51

Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51: Aria: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!

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It's time now to go back to the early seventeenth century…

Gregorio Allegri: Il salmo Miserere mei Deus

Il salmo Miserere mei Deus

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Chapter 2: The Beginnings – Italy

Giovanni Gabrieli: Sacrae symphoniae (excerpts) (arr. E. Crees for brass)

Sacrae symphoniae: Sonata pian e forte a 8 (arr. E. Crees for brass)

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The contribution to music of the next great Italian composer…

Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine, "composti sopra canti fermi"

Vespers of the Blessed Virgin: Domine ad adiuvandum

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When Monteverdi's patron died in 1612…

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Mein junges Leben hat ein End, SwWV 324

Mein junges Leben hat ein End, SwWV 324

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As well as being an outstanding composer…

Pierre Certon: La, la, la, je ne l'ose dire

La, la, la, je ne l'ose dire

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Well now, from the engaging work of a minor composer…

Heinrich Schutz: Psalmen Davids samt etlichen Moteten und Concerten, Op. 2, SWV 22-47

Psalmen Davids sampt etlichen Moteten und Concerten, Op. 2: Jauchzet dem Herren, alle Welt, SWV 36, "Psalm 100"

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In 1625 Schutz was stricken by the death of his wife…

England

William Lawes: Royal Consort in D major for 2 theorbos

Royal Consort in D major for 2 theorbos: V. Ecco

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When civil war broke out in England…

Chapter 3: The Fashion Spreads – Different Styles for Different Lands

Development of Dance Suites

Major, Minor and Modulation

Italy: The Land of Song

Alessandro Scarlatti: O di Betlemme, altera poverta ventu

O di Betlemme, altera poverta: Aria: L'Autor d'ogni mio bene

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The Violin

Alessandro Stradella: Sonata in D major a 8 viole con una tromba

Sonata in D major a 8 viole con una tromba: I. Allegro

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Stradella, incidentally, while not in the first division…

Germany

Dieterich Buxtehude: Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75

Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: III. Ad manus: Quid sunt plagae istae

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Some years younger than Buxtehude was Johann Pachelbel…

Johann Pachelbel: Toccata in C major

Toccata in C major

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France

Jean-Baptiste Lully: Benedictus

Benedictus: Benedictus

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Less formal in his approach to composition…

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Un flambeau, Jeanette-Isabelle, H. 460c

Un flambeau, Janette, Isabelle!, H. 460c

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French Keyboard Music

England

Henry Purcell: Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z. 15

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z. 15

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In 1683 came the first of Purcell's Odes for St Cecilia's Day…

Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626

Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III: When I am laid in earth

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A few years later, at the end of the freezing winter of 1695…

Chapter 4: Full Flower – High Baroque

Italy

Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, "Christmas Concerto"

Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, "Christmas Concerto": VI. Pastorale

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Born near Bologna, Corelli began to learn the violin…

Antonio Vivaldi: Flute Concerto in D major, Op. 10, No. 3, RV 428, "Il gardellino"

Flute Concerto in D major, Op. 10, No. 3, RV 428, "Il gardellino": I. Allegro

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It must have been the public thirst for novelty…

Antonio Vivaldi: Beatus vir in C major, RV 597

Beatus vir in C major, RV 597: Beatus vir qui timet Dominum

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It seems as if Vivaldi became restless…

Baroque Concertos Beyond Vivaldi

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in E major, K.380/L.23/P.483

Keyboard Sonata in E major, K.380/L.23/P.483: Andante comodo

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By contrast, the Sonata in D major, K. 96 is much more rapid…

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in D major, K.96/L.465/P.210

Keyboard Sonata in D major, K. 96/L.465/P.210: Allegrissimo

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Germany

Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 550

Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 550

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Although he appeared to have been comfortable enough…

Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047

Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: III. Allegro assai

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At least two of Bach's four Orchestral Suites…

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869

The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 16 in G minor, BWV 861

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One vocal work to emerge from Bach's secular years…

Johann Sebastian Bach: Weichet nur, betrubte Schatten, BWV 202, "Wedding Cantata"

Weichet nur, betrubte Schatten, BWV 202, "Wedding Cantata": Aria: Sich uben im Lieben

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It was on his return from a visit to Karlsbad…

Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244

St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, Part III: Chorus: Wir setzen uns mit Tranen nieder

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There were consolations in Bach's difficult time in Leipzig…

Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056

Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056: II. Largo

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Towards the end of the seventeenth century…

German Opera

Georg Philipp Telemann: Overture (Suite) in D major, TWV 55:D15

Overture (Suite) in D major, TWV 55:D15: VIII. Rejouissance

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Telemann has sometimes been accused of superficiality…

France

Francois Couperin: Pieces de clavecin, Book 1: 1st Ordre in G minor-major

Pieces de clavecin, Book 1: 1st Ordre in G minor-major: Les Sentiments

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Further on in the same suite…

Pieces de clavecin, Book 1: 1st Ordre in G minor-major

Pieces de clavecin, Book 1: 1st Ordre in G minor-major: La Manon

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In 1716, at the height of his fame and success…

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Abaris ou les Boreades

Abaris ou les Boreades: Gavotte pour les Fleures et les Zephirs

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Unfortunately, the opera was never produced…

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pieces de clavecin: Suite in E minor

VII. Musette en rondeau

VIII. Tambourin

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England

Giacomo Rossi: Rinaldo, HWV 7

Rinaldo, HWV 7, Act II: Aria: Lascia ch'io pianga

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Back in Hanover the following summer…

John Gay: Acis and Galatea, HWV 49

Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act II: Aria: O ruddier than the cherry

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Italian opera at this time was all the rage in London…

George Frideric Handel: Keyboard Suite No. 7 (Set I) in G minor, HWV 432

Keyboard Suite No. 7 in G minor, HWV 432: VI. Passacaille

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As the public wearied of temperamental divas and castrati…

George Frideric Handel: Messiah, HWV 56

Messiah, HWV 56, Part I: For unto a child is born

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Strange to say, Messiah was not so well received…

George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op. 6, No. 10, HWV 328

Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op. 6, No. 10, HWV 328: VI. Allegro moderato

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Handel surely sensed that the musical world…

Coda

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