Mozart and Mendelssohn

Mozart and Mendelssohn

Mozart and Mendelssohn

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 » »

The 2016-2017 Season Is Just Three Weeks Away!

PBOThe 2016-2017 concert season is just three weeks away. There are three very important events in October alone. You’ll find everything you need to know about these opening events, below, as well as a complete list of everything to come this season.

We kick things off with a chance to have Lunch with Monica Huggett and the Members of the Orchestra on October 13. Come, listen to their stories, and let their passion and personality bring… Read More » »

Exploring the Cornetto and Breathtaking Composers — Part Two

Bruce DickeyThe sonatas on this recording are by three of the most important masters of the instrument in the 17th century. Biagio Marini is, together with Giovanni Battista Fontana, undoubtedly the most innovative composer for the violin in the first half of the Seicento, and his reputation as a violinst was considerable on both sides of the Alps. He held positions in his native Brescia, in Parma, at Saint Mark’s in Venice, as well as Milan,… Read More » »

Exploring the Cornetto and Breathtaking Composers — Part One

Bruce DickeyBy the middle of the 17th century, the standard instrumentation of small-scale concerted music with a solo voice was two violins and basso continuo, with or without an obbligato bass instrument. This reflected the growing popularity of string instruments and the parallel and related decline of the cornetto. In the first couple of decades of the century, however, it is fairly common to find works calling for a single obbligato soprano… Read More » »

Breathtaking: A Voice and a Cornetto Entwined

Bruce Dickey

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the cornetto was fabled for its remarkable ability to imitate the human voice. This concert is a celebration of the affinity of the cornetto and the human voice – an exploration of how they combine, converse and complement each other, whether responding in the manner of a dialogue or entwining as two equal partners in a musical texture. This perceived similary of the voice and the cornetto… Read More » »

A Portland Baroque Reading List

PBO Board Chairman and historian, William Willingham, offers a stellar reading list for anyone interested in Baroque music, performance practice, or Mozart:

  • Schulenberg, David.  Music of the Baroque (New York, Oxford U. Press, 2001)
    • A good introduction to Baroque Music if a bit on the text book side in approach.
  • Kenyon, Nicholas, ed. Authenticity and Early Music (New York, Oxford, U. Press, 1988)
    • A good guide to period performance practice
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