• Before Bach

  • April 7—May 1

    Hearing the music of Bach and Handel performed with historically informed style and instruments led to an explosion in popularity of their music in recent times. Now, after several generations of performers honing these skills, their same approach is dazzling audiences with music written before 1685—the birth year of both Bach and Handel. This season, Carnegie Hall brings together an impressive assemblage of these artists for Before Bach, a month-long focus on the exciting music of that time. Whether it is the divine purity and amusing bawdiness of Renaissance madrigals or the dramatic urgency of early Baroque opera, the music speaks to modern listeners who love great music and relish the joy of discovery.

  • Videos

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    Watch videos of artists—such as conductor Peter Phillips and gambist Jordi Savall—speak about the music written 400 years ago.
  • Blog

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    Explore the music written in the 16th and 17th centuries through posts, interviews, and more on our blog.