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Midday Music, 10/6, NYS Baroque Young Artists: CU Music

Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 12:30pm to 1:10pm

Lincoln Hall, B20
Dept of Music, 101 Lincoln Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-4101, USA

Midday Music in Lincoln: NYS Baroque Young Artists, Hannah De Priest, soprano, and Michael Pecak, fortepiano.

Sensational Czech soprano Josepha Duschek (1754-1824) was known for "unit[ing] fire and energy with grace and expression" in dramatic performances of music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven. In this recital for fortepiano and soprano, we present two concert-arias premiered by (and written for) Josepha Duschek: Beethoven's "Ah! Perfido!" and Mozart's "Bella mia fiamma." Rounding out the program are songs that reflect M. Duschek’s complementary engagement with the salon. Though very much a German Lied, Beethoven’s “Adelaide” is infused with quintessentially operatic gestures. “Ridente la calma” and “Un moto di gioia” lie in a similar generic grey-zone: the former is really an Italianate aria with keyboard accompaniment and the latter is a song written as a substitute aria for Le nozze di Figaro. Whereas in the theater, the keyboard serves as part of the continuo contingent of a large ensemble, in the salon with a sole singer, the instrument must provide supportive accompaniment, artful antagonism, and, particularly in the concert-arias, orchestral emulation. This recital revels in the unique sonic possibilities of the fortepiano and the intimate magic of the salon.




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