Harwich Festival
Jun
29
7:30 PM19:30

Harwich Festival

Tickets available here.

Programme

John Playford (1623-1686/7) – A la Mode de France

François Couperin (1668-1733) – Les Nations: L’Espagnole: Sonade en trio – Allemande – Courante – Seconde Courante – Sarabande – Gigue lourée – Gavotte – Rondeau – Bourée – Double de la Bourée – Passacaglia

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Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764) - Deuxième récréation de la musique

Ouverture – Forlane – Sarabande – Menuet – Badinage – Chaconne – Tambourin

 Improvisation: Folia

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EEEmerging: Festival d'Ambronay
Sep
29
12:00 PM12:00

EEEmerging: Festival d'Ambronay

Vibrations: Cosmos - Festival d'Ambronay 2018 

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold

Jean-Fery Rebel (1666-1747) - Les Elémens, arr. Improviso 

  1. Le Cahos
  2. Air pour les violons (La Terre et L’Eau) – Chaconne (Le Feu)
  3. Ramage (L’air)
  4. Rossignols 
  5. Loure
  6. Tambourins
  7. Sicilienne 
  8. Caprice 

A suite of banned dances: Jácara, Sarabanda, Chacona 

G.P. Telemann (1681-1767) - Trio Sonata in G minor, TWV 42:g9 

  1. Soave mà non adagio 
  2. Vivace 
  3. Largo 
  4. Allegro 

 

Theories of cosmic harmony resonate throughout music history, whether presenting ideas of a sounding ‘music of the spheres’ or exploring music as a metaphor for universal harmony. Yet rather than focus on cosmic harmony in today’s programme, we present a programme of music by Rebel and Telemann which ventures to the edge of cosmic chaos. In between these composed works, we improvise a suite of Spanish dances banned in the seventeenth century. Feared for their lascivious quality and the potential they held to cause social chaos, these dances were officially banned from receiving either musical or danced performances on stage. 

We begin with a piece that epitomised the notion of musical chaos as an analogue for the unravelling of the natural order in 1737: Jean-Fery Rebel’s Les Elémens. Composed when Rebel was 71 years old, the work opens with one of the most extraordinary bars of music to be written in the eighteenth century: a chord containing all the notes of a D minor scale in a shocking and unresolved musical representation of chaos; things fall apart. As Rebel writes in his introduction to the work, his aim is to reflect harmonically the chaos before the elements assumed their prescribed places in the natural order, linking musical order with order in the cosmos. This relationship is developed by the dance suite that follows, using orchestration to characterise the instruments as different elements (earth, water, fire, and air). Here we perform our own arrangement of the work, based on Rebel’s existing short score published shortly after the Paris premiere. 

1737 was also the year that the German composer Georg Philipp Telemann travelled to Paris for eight months, during which time he started work on his famous collection of chamber music that appeared a year later, the Essercizi Musici. It is in this collection that the trio sonata we perform today is found. While Rebel’s piece is concerned with aligning the elements, this piece looks instead to balance courtly conceits with a folk identity, musically tempering indoor and outdoor sensibilities. Whether or not Telemann is successful in this endeavour we cannot say, but the stamping and riffing that breaks loose in the last movement’s Polish folk dance seems fit to bring chaos to any genteel indoor space… 

 

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York Early Music Christmas Festival
Dec
9
1:00 PM13:00

York Early Music Christmas Festival

Improviso present a joyful Christmas programme, representing a variety of composed and improvised music from three centuries and four countries. 

Opening with excerpts from Charpentier’s sparkling instrumental narrative of the nativity, you will hear kaleidoscopic chamber music of the Italian seventeenth century, an arrangement of one of J.S. Bach’s most arresting organ trio sonatas, and improvisations over festive songs from sixteenth-century England and Spain. 

Tickets: £14/£12/£5 (under 35s) - via this link

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Lunchtime concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields
Feb
8
1:00 PM13:00

Lunchtime concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields

Improviso is delighted to be performing at St Martin-in-the-fields for the first time, presenting a programme of baroque chamber music and improvisation.

Free entrance.

- Programme - 

Improvised divisions on a ground 'John come kiss me now' (The Division Flute, 1684)

Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)
Deuxieme Recreation de musique
Forlane - Badinage - Sarabande - Menuet - Tambourin

Dario Castello (c.1590-c.1658) Sonata Duodecima

G.P. Telemann (1681-1767)
Trio Sonata in A minor, TWV 42:a4: Largo - Vivace - Affettuoso - Allegro

Improvised suite of banned dances (Spanish 16th century): Ciacona - Jacaras - Sarabanda 

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SJE Arts - Next Generation Series 2018
Jun
10
5:00 PM17:00

SJE Arts - Next Generation Series 2018

Improviso present their programme 'Badinage' as part of the SJE Arts Next Generation concert series in Oxford, UK. Tickets available here.

Programme

Improvised divisions on a ground from The Division Flute (1706)

François Couperin (1668-1733) Sonade en trio (from Les Nations: L'Espagnole)

John Playford (1623-1686/7) A la mode de France

Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764) Deuxième Récréation de la Musique, Op. 8

Improvised suite of banned dances: Ciacona, Jácaras, Sarabanda

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Improviso at the Foundling Museum
May
13
3:00 PM15:00

Improviso at the Foundling Museum

The opera Giulio Cesare is the first major work Handel composed after moving to his house on Brook Street near Hanover Square. The story is based on historical events between September 48BC and March 47BC, brought to life through a combination of Haym’s libretto and Handel’s extraordinary text setting and vividly colourful orchestrations. In today’s programme we ask what happens to opera when it is not being performed, and explore its offstage cultural presence and influences. The programme includes chamber music by Handel as well as arrangements (both our own and eighteenth century ones) of arias and movements from the opera.

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Brighton Early Music Festival - introduction & preview
Oct
21
11:00 AM11:00

Brighton Early Music Festival - introduction & preview

Discover what’s on at BREMF this year with our free taster day. Join discussions, ask questions and listen to live music. The day is aimed at the interested general public. You do not need to be an expert or academic to join us!

Improviso will be performing and talking about their BREMF showcase programme on November 4th. More details here.

Free event

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Bournemouth Fringe Festival - Plastic Beach
Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

Bournemouth Fringe Festival - Plastic Beach

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At this year's Bournemouth Fringe, Improviso responds to the festival's theme 'Plastic Beach' by presenting an immersive musical performance that explores 16th-17th sounds lost to the 21st century urban environment, using music that reflects soundscapes as a point of departure for contemporary improvisations.

Tickets here

 

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