2019 Festival | June 9–16, 2019
David Yearsley, director
Thursday, June 13 from 9am to 4pm
The First Lutheran Church of Boston
Transalpine: Adventures across Steffani’s Europe
Join us for BEMF’s ninth Organ Mini-Festival as we explore the unique musical relation between Italy and Germany during the time of Agostino Steffani. This was a period of rich cultural dialogue—countless musicians traversed the high passes of the Alps as these two robus communities of arts,, on both sides of the craggy divid, influenced each other. Follow these journeys by experiencing three brilliant recitals on the Richards-Fowkes organ at Boston’s First Lutheran Church.
PART ONE: 9AM TO 11AM | LUCA GUGLIELMI
North-South Fantastic: Frescobaldi’s European Legacy
Johann Jakob Froberger traveled south from his post in Vienna to study the Stylus Phantasticus of Girolamo Frescobaldi, and took that improvisational freedom back with him across the mountains. Keyboard virtuoso Luca Guglielmi enjoys a busy international career with numerous honors for his exemplary recordings. Join him for a magnificent study of this dynamic style with works by Froberger, Pasquini, Kerll, Tunder, and Buxtehude.
PART TWO: 11:30AM TO 1:30PM | DAVID YEARSLEY
Visions of Steffani at the Organ: Teachers, Colleagues, and Admirers
Active as a performer on organ and other keyboard instruments in North America and Europe, accomplished scholar, author, and director of the Organ Mini-Festival, David Yearsley highlights music from composers in Agostino Steffani’s circle. Enjoy masterworks by Johann Caspar Kerll, Steffani’s organ teacher in Munich; Nicolaus Adam Strungk, a colleague from Hanover; Handel, who greatly admired the older Steffani while they both worked in Hanover; and J. S. Bach, who transcribed Steffani’s orchestral works for his own use at the organ.
PART THREE: 2PM TO 4PM | KIMBERLY MARSHALL
Transalpine Echos, 1450–1750
We take a step back from the time of Steffani to explore the larger historical context of the many connections between northern and southern Europe from the late Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Performer and scholar Kimberly Marshall has given concerts throughout Europe, North America, and Asia, and brings us a fascinating selection of works from the Buxheimer Orgelbuch and the Lublin Tablature, as well as music by Ferrabosco, Sweelinck, Frescobaldi, Buxtehude, and J. S. Bach.