Austria: At the Habsburg court


Though the intense musical activity that prevailed at the Habsburg court seems to date back to the 15th century, the accession to the throne of Ferdinand III, in 1637, started a new dynasty of highly cultured, music loving emperors, if not talented musicians or prolific composers themselves. These generous sponsors, notably Ferdinand III, Leopold I and Joseph I, were thus effective actors of the musical life that punctuated the various events at the court.
Such ebullient creativeness rippled out across Europe, fostering numerous exchanges between Germany and Italy, then Spain and France. Vienna then became the melting pot of constantly renewed practices, styles and techniques of composition or interpretation.
The works chosen for the coming concert were all composed in the artistic heyday of the 17th-century court of Vienna. Not just inventive, they bear witness to the close bond that the Habsburg emperors and four of their favourite composers entertained.

Sonatas for violin with thorough bass

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644 – 1704)
Sonatas n° V et VI (Sonatae violono solo, 1681)

Johann Jakob Froberger (1616 – 1667)
Lamento on the death of Ferdinand III

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (v. 1620 – 1680)
Sonata tertia & quarta (Unarum Fidium)

Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli (1620 – 1669)
Sonata op. 3 n° IV La Castella

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Sonate n° III Sonatae violino solo

Ensemble Stravaganza
Domitille Gilon, violin and direction
Ronald Martin Alonso, viola da gamba
Diego Salamanca, theorbo
Chloé Sévère, harpsichord and organ

Austria: At the Habsburg court

  • Opening

    • Saturday 25 July 2020.
      At 9 pm.