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We take to the stage at Kings Place for an evening of music centered around Bach’s sublime Musical Offering.
In 1747 Bach visited Frederick the Great, at his palace in Potsdam. A contemporary account tells how the Emperor condescended to play a theme for Bach ‘which he should execute in a fugue. This was done so happily by the aforementioned Capellmeister that … all those present were seized with astonishment.’
Within two months Bach had published Musical Offering, an extraordinary collection which combined up-to-the-minute ‘galant’ elegance in the Trio Sonata with the culmination of his fugal art in a host of ingenious canons and the magnificent six-part Ricercare.
Handel Trio Sonata in B minor for flute, violin & basso continuo, HWV 386b
Marais The Bells of St Genevieve (1723) for violin, viola da gamba & harpsichord
Telemann The Paris Quartet No. 2 (Quartet in E minor for flute, violin, viola da gamba & basso continuo, TWV 43:D1)
CPE Bach Trio Sonata in Bb for flute, violin & basso continuo
Rameau Pièces de clavecin en concert No. 3 in C minor for flute, viola da gamba & harpsichord
JS Bach Trio Sonata from The Musical Offering, BWV 1079