Bach's works constitute a wide realm of stylistic diversity, of which the seven sonatas for transverse flute and keyboard and the solo Partita are characteristic. However there is evidence to suggest that at least one of them may have been written by Carl Philipp Emanual Bach, most likely inspired, or even assisted by his father. In any case...a feast of Bach!
Bach's Aria with Diverse Variations may have been written for the prodigious young harpsichordist Johann Theophilus Goldberg, a student of Bach's, in order to offer cheerful solace to the Russian ambassador appointed by Catherine the Great to the court of Dresden, during his frequent sleepless nights. Keyboardist Hans-Jürgen Schnoor, formerly cantor and organist at the St. Jakobi Church in Lübeck, teaches at the Lübeck Conservatory of Music and frequently performs the maginficent Goldberg Variations.
One of the most precious and almost completely unknown flute manuscripts in the Library of Congress is a volume presented in 1695 to the Duke of Bavaria, Elector Maximilian II Emanuel, by André Danican Philidor l'ainé, Music Librarian to Louis XIV. Philidor's own Air pour la Flûte Allemande, which predates any other known solo specifically for the baroque transverse flute, will be heard along with a selection of the 220 works by favorite composers of Louis XIV including Lully, de la Lande, Charpentier and Lambert, transcribed by Philidor for two or three instruments for the Duke's private entertainment. Also, François Couperin's Treizieme Concert from Les Goûts-réünis will be performed, along with one of François Chauvon's Tibiades, a sonata by Jean-Marie Leclair, and a trio sonata for violin and obbligato keyboard by Johann Sebastian Bach. Tina Chancey is one of the foremost specialists on this soprano member of the viola da gamba family, the rarely heard pardessus de viole.
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