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Closer to Home: European Music in 18th-century America

March 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

$15 – $20

Early Music Afternoons continues its season on Sunday, March 26, 2023, with a concert of music that might have been heard in the colonies and the early United States, performed by Duo Maresienne (Carol Lewis, pardessus and bass viola da gamba; Olav Chris Henriksen, Baroque and English guitars).  The program will include music by Simpson, Ford, J.C. Bach, Vidal, Trille Labarre, and others.

The Pilgrims and other European settlers brought their music with them to the new land, and we can follow a trail of music, books, and instruments from the 17th century onward.  By the 18th century, we can see that colonial libraries contained music for viola da gamba, Baroque guitar, and English guitar.  Advertisements in periodicals from that time show what sheet music and instruments were for sale.  Finally, composers arrived on the scene, including the guitarist Barthélemy Trille Labarre, who fled the French revolution to settle in Boston, where he taught, conducted, and composed.  These composers’ music reflects their national origins, and it was very much enjoyed by musicians and audiences on this side of the Atlantic.  Duo Maresienne will perform a selection of dance music, variations, sonatas, and fantasies by some familiar composers, such as J.C. Bach and Christopher Simpson, and some probably unfamiliar ones, such as Vidal, Trille Labarre, and Hewitt. There will be a lovely set of guitar pieces by the Englishwoman Anne Ford, a talented musician who played both English guitar and viola da gamba.

Details

Date:
March 26
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Cost:
$15 – $20
Event Categories:
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Website:
https://www.somervillemuseum.org/concerts

Organizer

Early Music Afternoons
Phone:
6176669810
Email:
info@somervillemuseum.org
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Other

Contact Name
Alison Drasner
Contact Phone
(617) 666-9810
Contact Email
info@somervillemuseum.org
Performers/Faculty
Carol Lewis, Olav Chris Henriksen
Registration Link
https://www.somervillemuseum.org/concerts

Venue

Somerville Museum
One Westwood Road
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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