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Early Music Festival:: Stylus Phantasticus
May 5 @ 8:00 pm MDT$30 – $40
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Pre-concert talk “Stylus Phantasticus” by John Brough
Concert “Stylus Phantasticus”
Music from late 16th century Germany including Bach, Buxtehude, Biber, Reincken.
Dawn Bailey, soprano
Laura Veeze, baroque violin
Gabriele Thielmann, baroque violin
Frédéric Payant, baroque trumpet
Pablo Montes, baroque bassoon
Josephine van Lier, viola da gamba
Colin Ryan, viola da gamba
Mathilde van Wijnen, basse de violon (Netherlands)
Wendy Markosky, harpsichord
According to baroque theorists and writers, the Stylus Phantasticus is the freest musical style of the baroque. Since its origins in Italy in the late 16th century, to its latest evolution phase at the North German organ school of Dietrich Buxtehude; the Stylus Phantasticus was present in the music of the baroque period.
It is a category to describe works which could not be explained within the norms of more clearly defined structures. As an explanation of these artistic phenomena, its early use was concerned with the ‘fantasy’ or imagination of the composer and his composition while later theorists expanded the term to articulate the freedom of creativity and improvisation which they considered to exemplify good performance.
“Stylus Phantasticus wants to keep the listener awake by special effects, astonishment, irregular voice leadings, dissonances, variations in rhythm and imitation. It is a free, improvisational style which forces the audience to listen full of astonishment while wondering ‘how is this possible?’ ”(Ton Koopman 1991).
Some of Alberta’s finest period performers will be joined by Mathilde van Wijnen from the Netherlands on basse de violon to perform spectacular works by Stylus Phantasticus composers.
Reincken, Hortus Musicus Sonata #5
Buxtehude, Trio sonata opus 1 # 6 in Bb Major
Johann Thiele, Ach, das ich horen solte
Tunder, Cantata Herr, Lass deine Lieber Engel Ein
Christoph Bernhard, Aus der Tiefen
Biber, Sonata IV
Rosenmüller, O felicissimus paradysi aspectus
Schmelzer, Sonata 2 in G Major
Graupner, Liebster Gott vergisstu mich