Wed 19 h
Ovid Gallery New Chambers
palace concerts
€ 40 | 30

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Dances for piano keys

The harpsichord makes many voices dance


Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer
Toccata / Passacaglia from the suite »Urania« (Musical Parnassus)
Jean-Henry d'Anglebert
Prélude / Tombeau de M. de Chambonnières / Chaconne Rondeau
Louis-Nicolas Clérambault
Prélude / Allemande / Courante / Sarabande Grave / Gigue
George Muffat
Passacaglia (Apparatus Musico-Organisticus)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Partita No. 4 in D major BWV 828


Andreas Staier harpsichord

French culture and lifestyle once conquered Europe in a dancing step. Fischer and Muffat were the first to bring a touch of Versailles to German lands, with dance suites à la française. As eminent keyboard artists, they must have been tempted to exploit the enormous musical potential that lay dormant in these dances. They were following the example of the French clavecinists, under whose hands the dances were transformed into poetic character pieces and refined miniatures. Master harpsichordist Andreas Staier combines the unfolding of splendor with sensitive and expressive artistry and structural clarity. He offers two of the greatest passacaglias for keyboard and comes to a crowning conclusion in Bach's »most French« partita.

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