Julianne Baird and Richard Stone, co-directors
Steffani's small chamber duets and trios, like Corelli's trio sonatas, were also taken as models by other composers. Especially in the famous duets and trios of George Frideric Handel. Corelli-esque melodies which are often imitated in the bassoon continuo combine with his predilection for duet textures and common use of ostinato basses in continuo arias. In England his works were so popular that they were given sacred English words and used as anthems. By these and other means Steffani's influence extended throughout the 18th century and beyond. Singers will perform in the student recital accompanied by an enemble of lutes and theorbos.
Audition deadline for singers December 1, 2013. Please send bio and sound file (mp3) of 2 contrasting movements in Baroque style to firstname.lastname@example.org. Notification by December 15th.
Open to advanced instrumentalists; sign up when class choices are available.
Special activities for lutenists include master classes and a joint performance project with the vocal program of music by Agostino Steffani, co-led by Richard Stone (lutes) and Julianne Baird (voice) — no audition required. Other general activities available for lutenists include coached consort, chamber music and accompanying. Music for the Steffani project will become available early on, allowing players plenty of advance preparation time.
Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church, 412 Pine Street, Philadelphia. Open to the public, tickets at the door, free for participants.
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