“Harpsichord en fête”: Concert with Jan Waterfield and László Rózsa

Sat 2 March
Festivals & series

László Rózsa (Recorder) and Jan Waterfield (Harpsichord) will be presenting “Looking at the smaller picture : Diminutions and variations from late sixteenth and early seventeenth-century Italy”.

This programme explores the beauty of Diminution; a popular concept in the 16th & 17th centuries.

Musicians would take a popular song or chord progression & thoroughly investigate its possibilities; a bit like taking each note & putting it under a musical microscope. ’Diminution’ therefore expands the musical landscape, rather than diminishing it. These creations could be written out, or improvised, or a mixture of both.

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Pierre Sandrin (c1490–after 1561)                                       
Douce memoire
Prelude by Jan Waterfield
Diminutions by László Rózsa

Diego Ortiz (c1510–c1570) 
Recercada quinta sobre el passamezzo antiguo from Trattado de Glosas (1553)

Andrea Gabrieli (1532-1585)
Pass’e mezzo antico per organo from Terzo Libro (1593)

Madre non mi far monaca with diminutions by László Rózsa

Aria di Fiorenza/Ballo del Granduca

Biagio Marini (1564-1663)
Romanesca from Arie madrigali et corenti a 1.2.3, opera terza (1620)

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) 
Partite sopra ‘La Monica’ from Toccate e partite d’intavoltura di cimbalo, libro primo (1615)

Andrea Falconieri (1585-1656)
La Suava Melodia/La Monarca/Corriente dicha la Mota

Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli (c1630-c1669)
La Castella from Sonate a violino solo per chiesa e camera (1660)

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