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Music of the Spheres

Sonata III in g minor from Sonatae unarum fidium (1664)
by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1623-1680)

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Diverse bizzarrie Sopra la Vecchia Sarabanda o pur Ciaccona by Niccola Matteis (c. 1650-c. 1707)

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Sonata Op. 5 #12 in d minor “La Folia” by Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)

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Released 2000

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 Music is a metaphor for the variety and constancy of existence – the continuity of our heartbeat, breath and essence throughout everchanging experience.  This CD explores the art of repetition and variation in the musical forms of grounds, variations and fugues, featuring works by Biber, Schmelzer, Matteis, Corelli and J. S. Bach.

 The Fantastics cover

La Cesta, Op. 3 #2  (1660)
by Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi
(fl. 1660-1669)

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La Stella, Op. 3 #1  (1660)
by Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi
(fl. 1660-1669)

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La Biancuccia, Op. 4 #4  (1660)
by Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi
(fl. 1660-1669)

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Released 2002

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 Born in Italy, the fantastic style was an improvisatory, virtuoso solo instrumental style with dramatic contrasts, sudden quicksilver changes of tempi and character, novel and strange flights of fancy.  It wandered into bizarre harmonic and chromatic language, and favored angular gesture to melody.  Characterized by a free form, it employed extravagant and unusual melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic features such as wide leaps, strange and dissonant harmonies, and bird and animal imitations.  Featuring the rarely-heard violin sonatas of Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi.

 

Musical Evolution

Recorded by Tonegnome Recordings
http://tonegnome.com/

Sonata for violin and continuo
by Georg Muffat (1645-1704)

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Sonata in g minor, Op. 1 #6, HWV 364
— Andante Larghetto, Allegro, Adagio, Allegro —
by Georg Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

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Sonata V from 8 Sonatae a Violino Solo (1681)
by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704)

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Released 2010 

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Musical Evolution explores the language of Baroque music from its wild beginnings through the development of more formal structures still in use today. The wild improvisatory violin sonatas of the 1660’s used richly colorful and dissonant harmonies and an unrestricted form, which allowed for an extremely wide range of expressive possibilities and experimentation that sound strange to our ears today.  Throughout the 1700’s, the sonata gradually morphed and crystallized into the symmetrical form exemplified by Handel, Corelli and Vivaldi, who created the first harmonic and structural expectations which still govern our responses today.

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