28 Jan 2020 – Spoken Word at Birmingham Conservatoire
What’s in a name: an assessment of the orchestral suite in German-speaking Europe during the time of J.S. Bach
The second half of the seventeenth century in the German lands saw two distinct traditions of consort-suite writing, the first coming from the courts, the second from the towns. By the start of the eighteenth century, the town tradition had all but died and the court tradition was largely dominated by the music of Lully and his German imitators. But just as so much in baroque music underwent radical change at the turn of the century, so the suite became a vehicle for many different styles and concepts. It is these changes that form the basis of our discussion today.