Curtain Tune & Other Curiosities
Finnish Baroque Orchestra
FiBO’s own concert at the Time of Music Festival in Viitasaari presents new music written for Baroque instruments from the last twenty years. There will be a broad display of contemporary European composers’ productions, representing several generations.
The other red thread of the concert is early English music. Heiner Goebbels’ piece Songs of Wars I Have Seen, performed on the Saturday night of the festival, has many references to Matthew Locke’s 1660s stage music The Tempest. We will now hear a series of instrumental music, different dances and the harmonically astonishingly modern Curtain Tune, all from Locke’s work. The opening number Dark is my delight, a melody written by an unknown composer in the 16th century, also comes from the British Isles.
Icelandic Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s quartet Shades of Silence explores the nuances of silence and the multitude of timbres that different string and harpsichord techniques can produce. The recorder sounds in Swedish Jesper Nordin’s solo piece Inevitabilini, and English Barry Guy’s duo Bubblets for Baroque violin and harpsichord has plenty of references to music history. FiBO premieres a commissioned piece "beyond its simple space" for harpsichord and Baroque ensemble by the young and prized German composer Sarah Nemtsov. The Swiss Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation supports the commission.
Duration: 1 h (no intermission)