Photo: Aino Jalkanen
Wed 16.06.2021 6.00 pm Annala Villa, Helsinki
Music at the Manors

Symphonies for one violin

Adventures with Stradella

Stradella

FiBO Players:
  Aira Maria Lehtipuu, violin
  Louna Hosia, cello
  Marianna Henriksson, harpsichord and organ
  Eero Palviainen, lute

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Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682) is known not only for his music but also for his adventurous life. In FiBO’s earlier concert series with Stradella’s trio sonatas, the so called symphonies have been written for two violins and continuo. In this offspring we will hear his symphonies written for one violin and continuo – which were preserved as manuscripts in the university libraries of Turin and Modena –, and like in the first part of the series, also this is seasoned with texts written by or about Stradella.

In a one-violin-symphony – which during Stradella’s era was just another name for instrumental music – there are a lot of elements and nuances similar to a trio sonata. The peak of Stradella’s production came in the 1670s when the violin virtuosism had already started to bloom, but the the composition format wasn’t yet as established as when Stradella’s younger colleague Arcangela Corelli in year 1700 published his collection of violin sonatas op. 5. After that, the whole Europe got carried away by Corelli, and the predecessors like Stradella’s and Carlo Ambrogio Lonati’s (approx. 1645-1712) pieces with more moderate forms and tonalities were less played. 

In Rome one of Stradella’s most important financial supporters was the Swedish Queen Christina (1626-1689) who not only financed but also, to a certain extent, participated in the writing processes. Stradella was a driven person and took good care of his contacts from all around, but he also had to change scenery quite a bit due to scandals. Legends about him have with purpose been blown up, but one thing is certain: in both his texts and his music the whole spectrum of human life is present.

Duration: 1 h (no intermission)

The ticket sale will begin on 1st of June in FiBO's web shop. There will be only 10 tickets available. The ticket for this concert of very limited audience in June costs 35 €.
ATTENTION. It is possible that the amount of tickets for the concert will be larger if the restrictions will be loosened later.

If you want to take part in the guided walk before the concert (meeting at 16:45 o' clock at The Museum of Technology), sign up on June 15 at 14.00 at the latest by emailing lipunmyynti(@)tekniikanmuseo.fi. The price of the one-hour-long guided tour is 15 € and the tour ends at Annala Villa. The tour will be arranged if the participant amount is at least five. On june 15, the museum will inform the registered persons whether the tour is held or not. 

How did the story of Helsinki begin? Who lived in Vanhakaupunki and what did people there do? Through what phases has the district been?
During the guided walk arranged by The Museum of Technology we will dive into the birth of Helsinki and the first phases of the city, as well as the industrial history of Vanhakaupunki. During the tour you will hear about the King's Mansion, water purification and other industrial activities in the area. The participants will also get acquainted with the city hall, the church and the graveyard. The tour is not untrammeled and demands clothing according to the weather.

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