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2010 Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Washington, DC
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2010 Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival
The 2010 Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with two period instrument performances on July 24 and July 31 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill. Both Saturday programs include selections from the Library of Congress.

* * * July 24 - SPLENDOR OF FOUR CENTURIES: 1550 TO 1850: Music for transverse flutes, lute and guitar from the 16th through the early 19th century with Jeffrey Cohan on renaissance, baroque and classical period flutes, and Oleg Timofeyev on renaissance and baroque lute and the Russian 7-string guitar of the early 19th century.
* * * July 31 - THE MUSIQUE DE LA CHAMBRE OF LOUIS XIV: The music of Jean-Baptiste Lully, Marin Marais, Jacques Hotteterre, Andre Danican Philidor "l'aine" and Andre Cheron with baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan, baroque violinist Risa Browder, viola da gambist John Moran and harpsichordist Joseph Gascho.

Both Saturdays at 7:30 PM at St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 3rd & A Streets, SE in Washington, DC, behind the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill. Youth 18 and under always free. Tickets will also be available at the door. Please invite your friends! and read on...

The program will include 16th-century works by Diego Ortiz and Giovanni Bassano, combined early 17th-century settings of Psalm melodies by flutist Jakob Van Eyck and lutenist Nicholas Vallet, anonymous early baroque settings of Scottish folksongs for solo lute, early 18th-century songs for flute and lute by the legendary blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan, the traditional Scottish folk song "Bonny Jean" arranged by flutist Mr. Burk Thumoth in the mid-18th century, a sonata from Antonio Vivaldi's "II Pastor Fido" (the composer is now known to be Nicolas Chedeville), and from the early 19th century, Mauro Giuliani's "Serenade for flute and guitar", Opus 127 (an original print from the early 19th century exists in the Library of Congress), Louis Francois Drouet's variations on "God Save the King" (an unpublished work from the Library of Congress) and other works with Russian seven-string guitar.

A wealth of innovative tonal color radiated from the musical establishment of Louis XIV. One of its primary divisions was the "Musique de la Chambre", whose ranks included those who first made fashionable the new transverse flute of the late 17th-century and the baroque period. They serenaded Louis XIV from at least 1667, and were joined by viola da gambist Marin Marais in 1679 and in 1680 by guitarist Robert de Visee, the king's guitar instructor who with Marais provided nightly serenades at the king's bedside.

The program will include selections from "Trios pour le coucher du Roi" ("Trios to put the King to bed") from about 1667 by the king's most influential court musician, Jean-Baptiste Lully, along with a suite from Marin Marais' "Pieces en Trio" (1692), and a selection of pieces for two "dessus", or melody instruments and bass (viola da gamba and harpsichord) from a remarkable and yet relatively unknown manuscript in the Library of Congress, dedicated in 1695 to the Duke of Bavaria, Elector Maximilian II Emanuel, by Andre Danican Philidor "l'aine", Music Librarian to Louis XIV, as well as later works by Jacques Hotteterre and Andre Cheron.

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"A brilliant performance... eloquently played... a fine sense of dialogue
that is close to the essence of chamber music..."
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St. Mark's Episcopal Church
3rd & A Streets, SE
Washington, DC 20003
United States

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