The Violin Comes of Age: Italian and German Virtuoso Violin Music and Cantatas circa 1700

The Canzonetta Baroque Ensemble

Saturday, May 28, 2022
@ 8:00 pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
Main Street, Village of Hunter

This performance is part of the Catskill Mountain Foundation Piano Performance Museum's Concerts & Conversations Series.

Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Piano Performance Museum presents The Canzonetta Baroque Ensemble, “The Violin Comes of Age” on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 8:00 PM at the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter, NY.

By the beginning of the 17th century the violin had outgrown the limits of its traditional role as a dance band instrument, and quickly became established as the preferred instrument for virtuoso soloistic playing as well as the mainstay of most instrumental ensembles. Successive generations of violinists expanded the instrument's technical range, and famous violin virtuosi were highly sought after in the cultural centers of Europe. Yet for several generations the violin retained something of a reputation as an upstart of questionable lineage, and it was not until final decades of the 17th century that violin music achieved a status comparable to that of its aristocratic cousins the viols, or of vocal music. The violin's rise in status has been credited largely to the achievements of Archangelo Corelli in Italy and Heinrich Biber in Germany. Yet their performances on the violin were equalled, and sometimes surpassed by those of a number of contemporaries, notably Carlo Ambrogio Lonati, Johann Jacob Walther, and Johann Paul von Westhoff, who until recently been relatively neglected.

The Canzonetta Ensemble will present a program of virtuoso violin sonatas of the late 17th century by Corelli, Lonati, and Walther, with cantatas with violins by Steffani and Alessandro Scarlatti, featuring acclaimed violin virtuoso Theresa Salomon and mezzo-soprano Tracy Cowart, with Gwendolyn Toth, harpsichord, John Mark Rozendaal, cello, and director Richard Kolb, theorbo.

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