La Selva Selvaggia: From Diminution to the Stylus Phantasticus
The stylus phantasticus (the fantastic style) was a 17th-century name given to the instrumental music of the early Italian Baroque, deemed to be wild, bizarre, improvisatory—and, of course, new.
At the same time, this “new” style was largely grounded in older practice: the improvisation of diminutions, or florid Renaissance ornamentation. This program by Los Angeles-based Tesserae Baroque (Ian Pritchard, music director; Alexandra Opsahl, executive director) explores the fertile ground in which these seeds of improvisation grew into the sonata and toccata.
Enjoy music by Palestrina, Domenico Ferrabosco, Fontana, de Rore, Castello and others!
Jennifer Ellis Kampani, soprano; Mindy Ella Chu, mezzo-soprano; Dermot Kiernan and N. Lincoln Hanks, tenors; Brett McDermid, bass; Alexandra Opsahl, cornetto and recorder; Andrew McIntosh, violin; Leif Woodward, viola da gamba; Maxine Eilander, harp; Ian Pritchard, harpsichord
SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 4:00PM Pacific Time
Online livestream access provided with purchase. Concert will be available on demand after livestream through April 3.
$15 individual general admission; $20 household general admission (two or more individuals in one residence)
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