What the Fugue?

November 27, 2016

Jonathan Palevsky, narrator
Bryan Young, bassoon
Markand Thakar, conductor

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Free easy parking! View map in PDF)
Sunday, November 27, 2016, 3:00 p.m.

CORELLI Christmas Concerto
VIVALDI Bassoon Concerto in E Minor
BACH Little Fugue in G Minor
MOZART Adagio and Fugue
STRAVINSKI Concerto in D

Some of our most popular events have been Jonathan Palevsky’s "Informances," entertaining illustrated descriptions of the music. This season Jonathan takes on the Baroque. One prominent Baroque form was the concerto, characterized by the opposition of large and small (or single) forces. A second was the fugue, involving the juxtaposition of melodic lines. From the Baroque Era we play Corelli’s so-called Christmas Concerto, a work opposing large and smaller groups of instruments; Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto performed by the BCO’s virtuoso principal bassoonist Bryan Young; and Bach’s Little Fugue. The concert closes with two Baroque-influenced works: Mozart’s valiant attempt at fugue writing, and Stravinsky’s jaunty neo-Baroque Concerto in D.
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