Music of the 18th Century Grand Tour

Music of the 18th Century Grand Tour


Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 7:30pm

Bohemian National Hall

321 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021

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Pascale Beaudin, soprano
Four Nations Ensemble
Illustrated talk by John Brewer

Antonio Vivaldi
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Arcangelo Corelli
Jean-Baptiste Quentin 

In the eighteenth century, it was customary for wealthy young men in Northern Europe to study Classical languages, history and culture. They would then take to the road to bring that education to life. After a taste of sophistication in Paris, they would cross the Alps to Italy, buying real and counterfeit Roman statues in Naples, Renaissance artworks in Rome and Florence, and fine glassware in Venice, and attending operas and concerts wherever they went. There were forbidden pleasures to enjoy as well: Venice was home to Carnival, casinos, masked women, and moonlit gondola rides. Historian John Brewer, author of The Pleasures of the Imagination, will lead us into the world of the Grand Tour and explain its historical and artistic importance. Meanwhile, inspired by the diaries of travelers such as Horace Walpole, Sir William Hamilton and Casanova, The Four Nations Ensemble has chosen a selection of works by Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Quentin, Hasse, and Corelli. Rich in sensual music, the program will provide all kinds of delights – except those offered by masked Venetians!