Music and intrigue from the court of Frederick the Great fill this noble program. A standard-setting hub of ideas and influence throughout much of the Enlightenment, Frederick’s court employed C.P.E. Bach, son of J.S. Bach, whose progressive music the king preferred over his famous father’s. Yet the elder Bach would prove his mettle: after being challenged by Frederick to improvise over a complex 21-note theme the king had written, Bach responded with his sublime Musical Offering—the heart of which is heard here alongside music by the king’s court composers of choice: Quantz, who taught Frederick the flute; Graun, who served as his Kapellmeister; and C.P.E. himself, rumored to be the real author of the Musical Offering theme.
QUANTZ Trio in E-flat for Flute and Violin
J.S. BACH Cantabile, ma un poco Adagio from Violin Sonata in G Major
C.P.E. BACH Quartet in G Major for Flute, Viola, Cello, and Harpsichord
GRAUN Sonata in C Minor for Viola and Harpsichord
J.S. BACH Trio Sonata from the Musical Offering
St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble