Falling off the podium or into the orchestra pit werenâ€™t the occupational hazards befalling French Baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Lully - but his was no less risky. Temple University Professor Steven Zohn, an expert in Baroque music, recounts the conducting move that led to Lullyâ€™s death.
Zohn says Lully, who first came to the attention of King Louis XIV as a dancer, profited from his relationship with the monarch - and his power over the musical facets of the royal court became wider and wider.Â
Today, J. S. Bachâ€™s Brandenburg Concertos are among the most popular pieces from the Baroque era. WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis explores the mystery in the story of the famous concertos. Â Â
On Sunday, August 11th at 2 pm, WRTI will broadcast a recorded live concert featuring The Philadelphia Orchestra performing three of Bachâ€™s Brandenburg Concertos, his Double Violin Concerto, and his Orchestral Suite No. 3.
Listen to Susanâ€™s interview with Temple University Music Professor Steven Zohn about the mystery and ongoing appeal of Bachâ€™s Brandenburg Concertos.
George Frideric Handel was born in Germany in 1685, and moved to Britain as a young man. He spentÂ his most productive years there, and became a naturalized British subject in his early 40s.Â His now-famous Water Music suites,commissioned for King George I for a ceremonial boat ride on the River Thames in London, were first performed during the summer of 1717.Â
Five years later, Water Music was brought inside to Londonâ€™s Stationers' Hall. But whether the audience heard just a portion, or the entire hour-long work, remains a mystery. WRTIâ€™s Meridee Duddleston puts the well-known Baroque piece into perspective.
Steven Zohn, professor of music at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance, adds context to Handelâ€™s Water Music.