Posted on February 13, 2017 10:36 am by Portland Baroque Orchestra
Bach’s orchestral music shows a typically Germanic tendency to imitate the two most celebrated music styles of the day, the French and the Italian. The first was characterized by its elegance and subtle detail, the second by its fiery virtuosity and passionate, spontaneous expression. Many saw the two as being essentially opposites, but, as is so often the case, the two had more in common than fierce patriots of Read More » »
Posted on January 13, 2017 10:28 am by Portland Baroque Orchestra
Our February 2nd Concert celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of Joseph Bologne de Saint-Georges (1745-1799), champion swordsman, French colonel, virtuoso violinist, director of Paris’s finest orchestra, and prolific composer.
Born in the French colony of Guadeloupe to the plantation owner George Bologne de Saint-Georges and his African slave Nanon, Joseph Bologne de Saint-George faced a life of oppression and poverty. French Read More » »
Posted on December 5, 2016 11:43 am by Portland Baroque Orchestra
As Handel did, I come from the world of opera and cannot help but look at Messiah as a masterpiece of musical drama. Handel, at the top of his game and with skills developed over almost a half century in the opera house, wrote this sublime musical drama, though without many three-dimensional characters and very little action. Drama comes from a Greek word meaning action, and Messiah is notoriously lacking in explicit stage action.
Posted on November 15, 2016 10:58 am by Portland Baroque Orchestra
Mozart wrote, in 1777, a letter to his father: “Die Orgel ist doch in meinen Augen und Ohren der König aller Instrumente” (“The organ, though, is in my eyes and ears the king of all instruments”). From 1300 to 1800, for half a millennium of music history, the organ, alongside its keyboard siblings, has maintained the role of a principal: setting the point of reference and ruler to many parameters of music making, such as pitch, Read More » »
Posted on October 21, 2016 1:04 pm by Portland Baroque Orchestra
|Regina caeli laetare, alleluia:
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia:
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia:
Ora pro nobis deum, alleluia.
|Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
For Him whom you were worthy to bear, alleluia.
He has risen, as He said, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia.
|Spargite flores, spargite lilia.|
Induimini omnes cum sanctis Angelis
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Posted on October 13, 2016 9:29 am by Portland Baroque Orchestra
When people of exceptional skill develop their ability at a young age, should we put them straight to work? Clearly that was acceptable practice two centuries ago with respect to musical prodigies, and to some extent we still allow it in certain instances, such as fourteen- or fifteen-year-old tennis players, footballers, pop musicians, classical violinists, and pianists. The usual Read More » »