Three’s a Crowd: No Keyboard Attached!


Despite the near ubiquitous presence of a harpsichord in performances of early music on modern concert stages, the historical record presents a different story. The classic harpsichord-cello continuo duo was far from normal, particularly in the seventeenth century. In this lunchtime lecture-recital early baroque specialists Lindsey Strand-Polyak and Alexa Haynes-Pilon will discuss and perform – with no keyboard attached – “sonate e ciaconne senza cembalo o chitarrone” by late seventeenth-century Italian composers such as Vitali, Cima, Uccellini and Colombi. By removing the sonic backup of a keyboard or plucked instrument, the audience will be drawn in by the heightened risk of the performance, foregrounding the true sense of “sonate a due”.

ENSEMBLE BIZARRIA: Lindsey Strand-Polyak, baroque violin; Alexa Haynes-Pilon, baroque cello

Thursday, June 7, 2018; 12:00 PM
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15 General Admission

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