Roads To Bach

July 21 clock 07:35 PM


Toronto, Ontario

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Ensemble Masques

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Roads to Bach traces the musical tributaries that funnelled into the vast imagination of Johann Sebastian Bach — a voice that, while so familiar and beloved, remains endlessly discoverable.

It was a time when the sophisticated dances of the French Court and the wild experiments of Italy had seeped into the Lutheran-hymn-filled German territories; the sound-world which Bach inherited was nothing short of fascinating. With their award-winning performances of short-but-kaleidoscopic works by Biber, Muffat, Legrenzi, Rosenmuller, Schmelzer & Weichlein, the first half of this programme has Masques acquainting us with the perfect storm of riches into which this unparalleled musical mind was born. 

The Second half of the programme approaches J.S. from the other side, through the music of his eldest son, Wilhelm Friedemann, whose exciting and quirky Overture-Suite in g minor was for generations mistaken as the work of his father. It culminates in Johann Sebastian’s own magnificent Orchestral Suite No. 3 — home of the famous “Air” — brought new clarity and dynamism in this performance by single strings, with the thrilling virtuosity and freedom for which Masques has become well-known.

Featured Program

Georg MUFFAT (1653-1704) – Florilegium primum, Fasciculus 1, “Eusebia”

Giovanni LEGRENZI (1626-1690) – La Cetra

Johann Heinrich SCHMELZER  (1620/23 – 1680) – Sacro-Profanus: Sonata VIII à 5   

Johann ROSENMÜLLER (1617-1684) -- Sonate a 2, 3, 4 è 5 stromenti, da arco & altri: Sonata nona à 5

Romanus WEICHLEIN (1652-1706) – Opus 1: Sonata VI

Heinrich Ignaz Biber (1644-1704) – Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum - Nuremberg,1683: Sonata III


Wilhelm Friedemann BACH (1710 - 1784) – Ouverture-Suite in g minor (formely attributed J.S. Bach, BWV 1070)

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) – Orcheestral Suite in D major, BWV 1068