Listen: Harpsichordist Andreas Staier Mines Melancholy

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Harpsichordist Andreas Staier performed at the Frick Collection. Harpsichordist Andreas Staier performed at the Frick Collection. (Courtesy of the artist)

When the harpsichordist Andreas Staier started putting together a recital featuring his favorite 17th-century works for the instrument, he discovered that they all shared a theme of melancholy. That isn't to say that these piece are sad, slow or in a minor key.

Throughout this episode, Staier will delve into the notion of melancholy, which dates back to ancient Greece, examining its many many shades.


Johann Jacob Froberger: Plainte faite à Londres pour passer la Mélancholie, laquelle se joue lentement avec discrétion

Jean-Henry d’Anglebert: "Fugue grave pour l’Orgue. Fort lentement" from Premier livre de pièces de claveçin          

Louis Couperin: Saraband / Courante / Chaconne / Tombeau de M. de Blancrocher

Fischer: "Ricercar pro Tempore Quadragesimae super Initium Cantilenae: Da Jesus an dem Creutze stund" from Ariadne Musica 

Louis-Nicolas Clérambault: Premier livre de pìèces de claveçin
     Prélude. Fort tendrement
     Allemande. Lentement
     Sarabande Grave
     Gigue. Vite

Georg Muffat: Passacaglia from Apparatus Musico-Organisticus

Comments [1]

John Blasdale from Whippany NJ

A delightful concert -- I listened to most of it here on Monday afternoon before hearing it again in WQXR's broadcast on Monday evening. But WQXR ought to take notice of a comment by the Harpsichordist, Andreas Staier: that pieces he played on the piano as a child sounded so much better on the Harpsichord when, later in life, he took up that instrument. Regrettably, WQXR evidently has a policy not to present Harpsichord music on the Harpsichord but rather on some other instrument, generally the piano. Except on "Old School", the only times we normally hear a Harpsichord on WQXR are in the continuo-background of Baroque music and as a solo instrument in Brandenburg no. 5.
WQXR: Follow Andreas Staier's lead! Give us Harpsichord music ON THE HARPSICHORD.

Aug. 23 2016 05:56 PM

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