Concert 3: Moonlighters

CANBERRA: Friday 14 August 2020, 7.30pm
Albert Hall, Commonwealth Ave

SYDNEY: Sunday 16 August 2020, 3.00pm
Verbrugghen Hall, Conservatorium of Music

 

The struggle between creativity and livelihood was a necessity Baroque composers had to balance, not dissimilar to artists today. Our collection of little-known names had passion and talent but did not make a living from composing. Musicians usually found themselves at the mercy of others to survive unless were they born into the aristocracy or had a wealthy patron. However, these composers applied their wide-ranging skills to be employed elsewhere - as scientists, diplomats, spies, artists and in the military. Circumstance may have dictated their choice of profession yet, as moonlighters, their compositions still stand out for their charm, inspiration and inventiveness.

Program: Enjoy music by Bonporti, Herschel, Corbett, Steffani, Wassenaer and Albicastro.

 

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