BYU’s Baroque Ensemble will perform a concert titled, “Expatriates—The Music of Handel, Muffat and Geminiani,” on Nov. 14.
“I am very excited about the upcoming concert,” said Alexander Woods, professor of string performance and director of the Baroque Ensemble. “All of these composers spent significant amounts of time working, living and being influenced by a country other than their native origin. The results are truly amazing.”
The concert will open with “Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 5,” by George Frideric Handel. Born in Germany, Handel composed the majority of his great works in London, England. He became such an important part of England’s musical heritage that he was buried in Westminster Abbey.
Francesco Geminiani’s “Concerto Grosso Op. 5, No. 5” will follow. Native Italian Geminiani also moved to London to compose. His “Concerto Grosso” was heavily influenced by Arcangelo Corelli, another Italian composer who was beloved by Geminiani’s London audiences.
“Sonata de Camera no. 5” by Georg Muffat will serve as the concert’s final piece. The movement is from one of Muffat’s most famous works, “Armonico Tributo.” Muffat was born in France but lived in Austria and Germany during his lifetime.
“This music is sumptuous, lively and unique,” Woods said. “I am excited about the ability and talents of the students this year.”