Submitted by the Salish Sea Early Music Festival
The sixth 2017 Salish Sea Early Music Festival performance, “Baroque in Transition: 1600-1700,” illuminates an evolving 17th century musical perspective in Italy and France. The concert is at 1 p.m., Sunday, May 14, 2017 at Brickworks, at 150 Nichols Street in Friday Harbor and includes Seattle Baroque Orchestra Founder Ingrid Matthews on Baroque violin, Indiana University professor Elisabeth Wright on harpsichord, and flutist Jeffrey Cohan playing both the one-piece Renaissance flute and the Baroque one-keyed flute.
The Salish Sea Early Music Festival provides a new perspective on 17th-century performance practice for two soprano instruments and harpsichord. Renaissance flute, violin and harpsichord, once a familiar combination of instruments, has been rarely heard since the flute underwent a fundamental evolution in the late 17th century. Although the Baroque period in music is said to begin around 1600, some instruments, notably the transverse flute, were slower than others to evolve to suit the stylistic currents of the day. This program provides an opportunity to hear the Renaissance and Baroque flute types side by side as they relate to these evolving musical colors, which differed greatly in France and Italy.
The program will include works from early 17th-century Italy by Giovanni Legrenzi, Marco Uccellini, Giovanni Battista Buonamente, Tarquinio Merula and Girolamo Frescobaldi, and from late-17th-century France and Italy by Louis Couperin, Marin Marais, Jean-Baptiste Lully and Archangelo Corelli.
San Juan Island 2017 Salish Sea Early Music Festival performance schedule: (Each is performed at Brickworks).
1 p.m., Sunday, May 14
A Century of New Perspective: 1600-1700: Chamber music in transition, including 17th-century trios on both late renaissance and early baroque instruments. Ingrid Matthews, violin; Elisabeth Wright, harpsichord; Jeffrey Cohan, baroque and renaissance flutes
7 p.m., Saturday, June 10