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PLAYING WITH B-A-C-H: SONATAS FOR VIOLIN BY TELEMANN, PISENDEL AND J.S. BACH

Tuesday August 8, 2017 | 1:00pm
Christ Church Cathedral

Though Bach was a profound composer he also had a serious sense of play with music, occasionally using the initials of his own name as a fugue subject. This sense of play inspires this program of solo violin music from the first part of the 18th century, with each initial of Bach’s name represented by a sonata, fantasia or partita: Bach’s B minor partita (H in German), Telemann (fantasias in B minor and Eb/C minor) and Pisendel (the sonata in A minor) for solo violin. Pisendel’s sonata dates from around 1716, Bach’s manuscript dates from 1720 in Cöthen, and Telemann’s fantasias were published in Hamburg in 1735. This is a glimpse into three German composers writing in very different styles for solo violin.

PROGRAMME

Fantasia I in Bb per il violino senza Basso, TWV 40:15 – Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Largo
Allegro
Grave
Allegro

Sonata for solo violin in A minor – Johann Georg Pisendel (1687-1755)
Largo
Allegro
Giga – Variationen

Fantasia VII in Eb per il violino senza Basso, TWV 40:20 – G.P. Telemann
Dolce
Allegro
Largo
Presto

Partita in B minor, BWV 1002 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Allemanda – Double
Courante – Double
Sarabande – Double
Tempo di Borea – Double