General Admission: $35
The seventeenth century in Germany was a time of incredible upheaval: wars of religion and politics swept the land, bringing famine and plague in their wake and an ongoing state of crisis. The chamber music of the time reflects this fraught, unpredictable cultural climate. Inspired by the experimental works of Italian composers, the virtuosos working in Germany explored the sonata as an abstract form of wordless conversation in music giving composers free reign to do whatever their imagination suggested, delighting and astonishing the listener. “They described this as the Stylus Fantasticus. In the words of mathematician Athanasius Kirchner, it was “instituted to display genius.” This concert features music by Weckmann, Buxtehude, Kerll, Vierdanck, Bertali and Schmeltzer.