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• Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 7:30 PM •
FORTEPIANO & FLUTE
Henry Lebedinsky ~ fortepiano
Jeffrey Cohan ~ late 18th and
early 19th-century keyed flutes
Virtuoso duos from the last half of the 18th century for keyboard and flute as equal partners explore a new relationship between the fortepiano, increasingly the keyboard of choice during this period, and the flute, more and more with six or eight keys replacing the single key of the baroque flute, in this program reflecting the changing musical currents of Mozart's lifetime.
The one-keyed flute of the baroque period acquired as many as six or eight keys during this span of 50 years which encompasses productive periods for the sons of Johann Sebastian Bach, the complete life and works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the rise of a new breed of virtuosos such as Devienne, Beethoven and Hummel. Jeffrey Cohan will play replicas of a one-keyed flute from about 1755 as well as an eight-keyed flute from about 1807. Henry Lebedinsky will play an original fortepiano made in 1799. The program will include works mostly for flute with obbligato keyboard but also for flute with figured bass by flutist François Devienne(pictured above), Mozart's publisher Anton Hoffmeister, Johann Nepomuk Hummel who lived with Mozart for two years as a child virtuoso, and J.S. Bach's sons Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, all written between 1755 and about 1800.