Early Music presents Baroque Duets of Love and Passion

  • September 29, 2017
  • Times: Starting: 7:30 PM
  • Location: Christ Church Cathedral
  • Address:
  • 690 Burrard St
  • Vancouver, BC V6C 2L1

Friday, September 29, 2017 7:30pm

Christ Church Cathedral

The outstanding features of Steffani's enchanting chamber duets are their contrapuntal sophistication, and the need for extremely accomplished solo singers with the sensitivity necessary for performing complex chamber music. Johann Mattheson recognized both facets in 1739, confirming that Handel had chosen his models for this genre wisely, and also that, in his estimation, Steffani's works remained unsurpassed. Colin Timms' 1987 essay, Steffani's Influence on Handel's Chamber Duets, explored the various ways in which Handel appropriated Steffani's thematic material, contrapuntal style, and overall duet structure for his own works. An Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Birmingham (UK), Dr. Timms provided the inspiration for this extraordinary Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) CD project and concert, and has been very generous in helping to shape it.

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Early Music presents Baroque Duets of Love and Passion
690 Burrard St