From Baroque to Classical
Ensemble Musical Offering performs Telemann, Bach
Telemann, one of historyâ€™s most prolific composers, was generally considered the most important German composer of his day. Largely self-taught, his musical language incorporates German, French, Italian and Polish styles. A friend of Handel and Bach, Telemann was an important link between late Baroque and early Classical styles. Ensemble Musical Offering performs a highly characteristic Telemann pieceâ€”his Overture Wassermusik â€śHamburger Ebbâ€™ und Flut,â€ť a multi-movement orchestral suite.
The word â€śorchestralâ€ť is used loosely, for in the Baroque sense it usually meant a rather small ensembleâ€”a string quartet with one or more woodwinds and trumpets.
Ensemble Musical Offering also performs Bachâ€™s Orchestral Suite in B Minor, one of four such works composed between 1725 and 1739. All four suites stand among Bachâ€™s most popular in an oeuvre of more than 1,100 works. Interestingly, Bach was better known in his day as an organist than as a composer. While he has securely supplanted Telemann nowadays as the Baroque composer par excellence, the latter is increasingly (and rightly) receiving his due.
Ensemble Musical Offering performs both works in a concert titled â€śThe French Bach,â€ť held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Cathedral Church of All Saints, 818 E. Juneau Ave. A pre-concert talk will be offered at 7 p.m., and the event will be followed by a French pastry reception.