Relevance to the Los Angeles Baroque Performers
“The Los Angeles Baroque Players” is one of the most famous baroque musicians in Los Angeles who played several instruments such as viola, harpsichord, flute, and oboe. The group is founded in 1983 and over the years; they have able to maintain their par level performance. It only shows that they have unique musical approach, interpretation, and execution, as well. They hold several concerts and one of the most remarkable performances they have are last January 6, 2012. It was fun and breathtaking event. Certainly, a night to be remembered.
The night started to become amazing, when Anthony Brazier, who played the baroque flute; Paul Sherman who is expert on baroque oboe; Adrianna Zoppon who plays a baroque violin; Frances von Seggern Bach, who is popular with viola da gamba or violoncello; and Jeffrey Lavner with the harpsichord. They altogether played the Premiere Ordre: La Francoise from “Les Nations” by Francois Couperin. The music is so intense and full of emotion that one can easily notice. It started with a soft, clear beat that corresponds to sincere and sweet. Then slowly become rhythmic with a great combination of solid pitch that seems to get faster and faster like a thumping heartbeat. The music turns out so beautiful and flawless with a great combination of timber (Earthlink, 2012).
The second piece they played is the Sonata II by J.S. Bach; this is for Viola de Gamba harpsichord. The introduction of the music started with harpsichord, and then slowly enters the violoncello. First, it’s just like a typical baroque music, but as it continues and in the middle of the performance, the rhythm is unnoticeably changes. The melody of the piece becomes softer and refine. Therefore, it turns out so solemn and puzzles you up with great mysterious. The music has something to tell you in relevance to the age of the Sonata. The pitch, timbre, and the perfect combination of harpsichord with the viola are well-synchronize. It gives you a perfect classic music with hidden intense rigor that one can hardly notice. The strumming of the viola seems so heavy and meaningful that gives weight to the entire piece (Earthlink, 2012).
Lastly, they played the Concerto in e minor by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. It started with a soft and sweet blend of flute and oboe. Then it harmonizes with harpsichord, violin and violoncello. Although, the piece was entirely on the wind instrument, it turns out so beautiful and significant. A more up-beat, lively, and happy mood that one can relates even if you’re just listening on the recording. One can easily tell that he is happy because the timbre of the piece is light and so as the way the instrument that is being executed. The rhythm started at a slow pace, then a bit faster, and regular tempo. It sounded like a lot of happy people are with you.
The similarities of the three pieces they have played are they both uses the same instruments, but manage to highlight the introductory one. If the piece is focus on flute, the players well emphasize the genre of the song. They allow the main instrument to tell you the significant story behind the piece, which resulting to a different kind of music.
Earthlink. (2012, January 6). Welcome: Baroque event. Retrieved from http://home.earthlink.net/~labaroque/Welcome.html