Phantasticus! April 1 & 2, 2017
SONATAS AND SINFONIAS IN THE “FANTASTIC” STYLE, 1620-1660
Glorious music from St. Mark’s in Venice and the Imperial Court in Vienna performed on cornetto, dulcian, sackbut, recorder, lute, theorbo, baroque guitar, baroque violins, viola da gamba, spinetta, and harpsichord. Featuring cornetto virtuoso Nathaniel Cox.
|Saturday, April 1, 2017, 7:30PM||United Methodist Church
7 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton, NJ
|Sunday, April 2, 2017, 3:00PM||Trinity Episcopal Church
6587 Upper York Rd., Solebury, PA
$25 General Admission, $10 Students. Cash/check at the door or on-line.
“Phantasticus” refers to a musical style described by prolific German Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher in his Musurgia Universalis of 1650. It is characterized by rhapsodic and extremely virtuosic passage-work, daring harmonic movements, and a musical rhetoric that is poetic and meant to move the emotions. The concert will include works by Castello, Fontana, Marini, Bertali, Schmelzer, A Kempis and van Wichel.
In the words of music director Lewis R. Baratz “Phantasticus, aside from the fact that it’s fantastic music, refers to a bold, flamboyant style. After appearing about 1620 at St Mark’s in Venice, it quickly caught on at the Imperial Court in Vienna. The music is rarely heard because of its virtuosic demands. Fortunately, we have brilliant musicians to meet those demands, as we recreate the colors and sounds of the early Baroque era.” back to top
|Laurel Hill Mansion
La Fiocco performed here on the evening of August 7, 2016 to a sell-out crowd.
• Our mission is to introduce people of all ages to the music of the Baroque and early Classical eras.
• Our principal activity is performing music of the 17th and 18th centuries and educating audiences on the aesthetic and
cultural-historical context of the music performed.
La Fiocco is named in honor of the South Netherlands composer Joseph Hector Fiocco (1703-1741).
La Fiocco is a member of the Delaware Valley Guild for Early Music.
La Fiocco’s programming is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.