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Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord

Italian Recycling
Thursday, March 7, 2019 7:30 PM Weill Recital Hall
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Jean Rondeau by Edouard Bressy
Spectacular virtuosity, buoyant dance rhythms, and breathtaking melodies are hallmarks of the Italian style. This concert showcases the brilliant way composers quoted or even copied each other or themselves to create new works. Harpsichordist Jean Rondeau, “one of the most natural performers one is likely to hear on a classical music stage these days” (The Washington Post), reveals the brilliance and beauty of this music.

Part of: Early Music in Weill Recital Hall


Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord


BACH Prelude from Partita in C Minor, BWV 997
BACH Fantasia in C Minor, BWV 906
D. SCARLATTI Sonata in C Major, K. 132
D. SCARLATTI Sonata in A Minor, K. 175
D. SCARLATTI Sonata in A Major, K. 208
D. SCARLATTI Sonata in D Major, K. 119
BACH Adagio from Concerto for Keyboard in D Minor, BWV 974 (after Marcello's Oboe Concerto)
D. SCARLATTI Sonata in F Major, K. 6
D. SCARLATTI Sonata in F Minor, K. 481
BACH Italian Concerto, BWV 971
BACH Chaconne in D Minor from Violin Partita No. 2 (arr. for keyboard left hand by Johannes Brahms)

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Get together with people who love music after this Weill Recital Hall concert for a free drink and discussion with the evening's musicians.
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At a Glance

The 18th century was a time of far-reaching changes in the musical world. Even as the harpsichord was gradually eclipsed by the more powerful and expressive fortepiano, so too did the crystalline harmonies and contrapuntal complexity of Baroque music give way to the elegant simplicity of the galant style and the more sophisticated tonal language of Classicism. Johann Sebastian Bach and Domenico Scarlatti, both born in 1685 and both renowned keyboard virtuosos, responded to this transition in different ways: Bach’s keyboard music epitomized the styles and procedures of the Baroque era, while Scarlatti’s looked ahead to the music of Haydn and Mozart.

As a composer, Bach was strongly influenced by the brilliant Italian style of instrumental music represented by Vivaldi, Marcello, and others. As a performer, he studied and admired the works of the French clavecinistes, whose harpsichord music demanded exceptional lightness and evenness of touch to achieve its characteristic blend of delicacy and brilliance. Scarlatti, one of the greatest harpsichordists in history, is best known for the short, single-movement sonatas whose apparent simplicity masks a highly original approach to the keyboard.

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