Harpsichord recital features music by J.S. Bach and Rameau
By Peter Alexander Oct. 13 at 5:43 p.m.
The Boulder Bach Festival will present harpsichordist Jory Vinikour in a concert of pieces by J.S. Bach and Jean-Philippe Rameau Saturday afternoon at the Stewart Auditorium in Longmont (4 p.m. Oct. 15; details below).
The program, titled “Journey to France,” will comprise two works that reflect the French Baroque style—one of the three recognized national styles of the 18th century, along with those of Germany and Italy. Bach, who mastered many different styles, wrote his Ouvertüre nach Französischer Art (Overture in the French Style) as part of the second volume of his Clavier-Übung (Keyboard practice). It is a suite of 11 dances in the French style as Bach perceived it.
That will be followed in Vinikour’s concert by a virtuosic keyboard suite by Rameau, also in 11 movements. Each movement has a descriptive title, such as La Joyeuse (the joyous) and Les Tourbillons (the whirlwind).
Vinikour has performed throughout Europe and received a Grammy nomination for his recording of the complete harpsichord works of Rameau. He will introduce each piece with his own personal commentary.
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“Journey to France”
Jory Vinikour, harpsichord
J.S. Bach: Overture in the French Style, BWV 831
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pièces de clavecin, 1724: Suite in D
4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15
Stewart Auditorium, Longmont Museum