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Fri, May 19 2017 8:00 PM

St. John's Episcopal Church
14 Lagunitas Rd Ross, CA 94957

Marin Baroque Presents:
Friday, May 19th, 8 pm, at St. John’s Episcopal, 14 Lagunitas Road, Ross 94957
The Fantastical Mr. Biber: the experimental harmonies, virtuosity, and modernism of Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

Aaron Westman and Anna Washburn, violin and scordatura violin
William Skeen, viola da gamba
Henry Lebedinsky, organ
Kevin Cooper, theorbo and baroque guitar

Agave Baroque brings their "brilliantly virtuosic... shining... profound playing" (-Early Music America) to the works of the 17th century superstar violinist Heinrich Biber. Biber invented numerous new tunings (scordatura) for his violin, to achieve extended techniques, special tone colors, and "artificial harmonies." Agave will explore his groundbreaking 1696 collection Harmonia artificioso-ariosa, where he assigns two parts to each violin, for an unusual five-part trio texture! Biber blended the sacred and secular musical styles with the flowing, free-form stylus fantasticus ("the fantastical style") to create a completely new musical "modernism" that captures the essence of the late 17th century violin virtuoso. The program also includes works by David Pohle, Jakob Kremberg, and Georg Reutter der Ältere.


Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Mensa Sonora Pars VI in G minor
David Pohle, Sonata a 3 in G, G. 29
Jakob Kremberg, Drei Stucke for guitar and continuo
Pohle, Sonata a 4 in C, G. 30
Biber, "The Visitation" from Rosary Sonatas
Georg Reutter der Ältere, Toccata for organ
Biber, Harmonia artificioso-ariosa Partia III
Biber, Sonata (1681) no. 4 C.141
Biber, Harmonia artificioso-ariosa Partia I

Cost: $15-$30