Conversation Pieces is a series of recitals designed to invite discussion and open up a dialogue between the performer and the audience, created and performed by violinist Alice Earll.
From the history of virtuoso violin playing, a tour de force of duet playing from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries to a look at how the celebrated baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach was inspired by dance. Whatever concert programme you choose, you’re guaranteed an evening of outstanding performance and informal discussion in a relaxed atmosphere.
Upcoming lecture recitals; Bach and Beyond at St James’s, Piccadilly 07.08.19 and 3,2,1! Three Centuries, Two Performers, One Concert at Music at 22 Mansfield Street for Bob and Elisabeth Boas, 19.11.19, and at the Handel and Hendrix Museum, 21.11.19. All other recitals and concerts are listed here.
Dancing with Bach
An exploration of the influence of dance on Baroque solo violin repertoire, from Biber to Bach. What role did dance play in Baroque society and how did this filter into the music of the period? This programme examines how the development of virtuosic solo violin writing coincided with the evolution of the dance suite, culminating with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Music by Biber, Bach and Westhoff played on a historical instrument.
Bach and Beyond
J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin are some of the most exceptional and best-known pieces for unaccompanied violin in today’s canon, but what was the inspiration behind these seminal works? Was Bach’s composition a singular work of genius or the pinnacle of a well-worn compositional path? Composers such as Biber and Westhoff blazed the trail as much as half a century before Bach has written his collection, yet little is known about them and their music is often overlooked. Discover the music that preceded J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin with music by Marini, Biber and Bach.
3,2,1! Three Centuries, Two Performers, One Concert.
Acclaimed violinist Alice Earll and historical keyboard specialist Satoko Doi-Luck present music from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries alongside lively discussion. Hear the how the instruments, music and technology developed across the years in a tour de force of duet playing, all set to a wonderful soundtrack of Palestrina, Corelli, Handel, Bach and Mozart.