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The 5th International J. S. Bach Music Festival

The 5th International J. S. Bach Music Festival

To mark the 330th birth anniversary of J. S. Bach
2015 March 29, Sunday, 16.00
Museum of Applied Art, Vilnius
Performers
DUO BAROCCO Ensemble: RENATA DUBINSKAITĖ, SAULĖ ŠERYTĖ (mezzo-sopranos)
Soloists:
VILMANTĖ KAZIULYTĖ (flute)
DOMINYKA ŠEIBOKAITĖ (flute)
ALGIRDAS VIZGIRDA (flute)
ROBERTAS BEINARIS (oboe)
ILONA GIRDŽIŪNAITĖ (violin)
INGA ALEKSIENĖ (violin)
KRISTINA MOROZOVA (violin)
ILONA GIRDŽIŪNAITĖ (violin)
RAIMUNDAS JASIUKAITIS (cello)
JULIUS KLIMAVIČIUS (bassoon)
GEDIMINAS KVIKLYS (harpsihord)
BALYS VAITKUS (harpsichord)
Conductor ALGIRDAS VIZGIRDA
Programme
The 5th International J. S. Bach Music Festival

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Antonio Vivaldi

The festival’s third programme presents instrumental and vocal works by three patriarchs of the baroque era: Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel and Antonio Vivaldi. Bach and Händel were born the same year (1685), their native towns Eisenach and Halle are in close proximity to one another, but artistic natures of the two composers differed greatly. Future generations saw Händel as an example of a new type of artist: he travelled a lot, and was, perhaps, the first freelance musician in the history, having experienced the pros and cons of this status. He wrote a number of operas (the only genre that is non-existent in Bach’s legacy!) and was totally indifferent to sacred music. While Bach followed the family tradition of several generations; sacred music was his alpha and omega; he never left Germany. Assumingly, Bach did not meet Vivaldi, the Venetian ‘red-haired priest’, but his music deeply influenced Bach’s style. Vivaldi quickly earned recognition as a violin virtuoso, became maestro di violino (master of violin), later – orchestral conductor, maestro de' concerti (music director) and was a very productive composer. 

 
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