The Italian Violin

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Saturday, January 7, 2023, 2pm

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Join core musicians Nicholas DiEugenio and Jeffrey Grossman for an intimate recital centered around the violin and its Italian roots.

The violin rose to its position as the diva of the orchestra in Italy, especially as famous makers like Maggini, Guarneri, and Stradivari perfected its form with experiments in shape and size. From its humble street origins, the violin displaced popular solo instruments like the recorder and cornetto, and eventually became the core of the orchestra, a position it holds today. Our namesake, J.S. Bach, lived during the so-called golden era of the violin, the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, when makers in Brescia and Cremona built some of the most prized violins. Composers across Europe studied the way Italian composers wrote for the violin—after all, that was its home country.

Bach’s respect and love for the violin is obvious in the way he writes for the instrument. His six sonatas and partitas for solo violin are among the greatest works for the instrument, and several of them show the strong influence of Italian music, using Italian dance forms like the corrente, allamanda, giga, and (most famously) ciaccona. Nicholas will perform one of these incredible solo suites in the stunning chapel at Brick Church, in addition to duo repertoire for violin and harpsichord.

Program

works by Giovanni Battista Somis, George Frideric Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, and others

Performers

Nicholas DiEugenio

violin

Jeffrey Grossman

harpsichord

Safety and COVID-19

The safety of our performers, staff, and audience are of the utmost importance to us. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we will closely monitor local conditions as concerts date draw near. We reserve the right to require proof of vaccionation, masking, and distance inside the concert hall. We will announce our safety procedures for each concert in advance of the performance date.

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2022–2023 Season

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