MUAR 211 Concert Report 1
McGill Baroque Orchestra and McGill Cappella Antica
I attended the concert of McGill Baroque Orchestra and McGill Cappella Antica on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. What special about this concert was the guest conductor and solo violinist Adrian Butterfield. The performed pieces were Welcome to all the pleasures, Leclair’s Violin Concerto in A major, Locatelli’s Introduzione teatrale in G major, C. P. E. Bach’s Sinfonia in C major and My heart is inditing. The venue was Redpath Hall of McGill University. The program began with Welcome to all the pleasures, which is an ode written for the Saint Cecilia Day, composed by the English Baroque composer Henry Purcell in 1683. It opens with a symphony with canonic violin parts. Purcell creates a concerto grosso effect with the contrapuntal violin melodies. Then comes the countertenor solo which I found very impressing. The second piece they performed was Violin Concerto in A major, Op.7:6 composed by the French Baroque violinist and composer Jean-Marie Leclair. After conducting the first piece, Adrian Butterfield played the solo violin for this one. This concerto begins with an allegro ma non presto movement, which is joyful and fast, but not at an extreme rate. The first movement is in ritornello form. The orchestra keeps returning to the main theme after violin solos. This movement has a homophonic texture and is in simple duple meter. The second movement is an aria at a slower tempo. It is in the variations form, but this time in compound duple meter. One thing that grabbed my attention is that the variations do not overlap. Every variation ends before the next one starts. The third and last movement of the violin concerto is the gigue form, in which the meter stays as compound but the tempo accelerates and becomes allegro. After the break, the orchestra opened the second part of the concert with Introduzione teatrale in G major Op. 4:4 composed by the Italian composer and...
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