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A Curious Collection

Bach, Telemann, Handel and more

A Curious Collection

Join Ensemble Hesperi for a thrilling musical journey through eighteenth-century Britain and Europe. Telemann, one of the most prolific composers of all time, had a much-envied garden attached to his Hamburg residence, on which he lavished a great deal of attention. Always searching for new and unusual specimens, he wrote on many occasions to his good friend Handel in London, asking for plants from England. “I am insatiable”, he wrote, “where hyacinths and tulips are concerned, greedy for ranunculi, and especially for anemones.” The Scottish composer, James Oswald, was also no stranger to the mid-eighteenth-century craze for plants, publishing two collections of “Airs for the Seasons”, each named after a flower or plant. His illustrious patron, Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales, and his wife, Augusta, had an impressive collection of exotic plants at Kew Palace, now Kew Gardens. Our programme presents a cornucopia of music by Telemann and his horticultural correspondents as well as music by J.S. Bach, who made Telemann godfather to several of his children. By Telemann, a sonata from his Paris Quartets, a folky trio sonata, and two virtuosic solo fantasias, alongside trio sonatas by Handel and Bach, all framed by charming airs by Oswald depicting the plants Telemann loved best.

  • 🎉Music in Pinner
  • 📅Sat 17 February 2024
  • 📍Pinner Parish Church
  • 🕑1:00pm
  • 🎫£16

Pinner Parish Church
Corvette, Church Lane, Pinner, HA5 3AA, United Kingdom

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