First Encounters: Musical Journeys From The First Age of Globalisation

Elgar Concert Hall - The Bramall
Friday 7 October 2022 (13:00-13:50)
Qing Emperor Kangxi (1654-1722)

Barber Lunchtime Concert

Yeo Yat-Soon

Agnes Chin

This performance explores music which spanned the continents of Europe and Asia in the 17th and 18th centuries, including music from the Ming and Qing dynasties played on the Chinese guzheng and harpsichord. The programme includes Chinese melodies transcribed by Jean Joseph Marie Amiot (a French Roman Catholic missionary and resident of Beijing). It also includes Indian Hindustani Airs arranged for harpsichord by William Hamilton Bird (an Irish musician and resident of Kolkata), and the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau (a French composer whose works were performed in Beijing).

Trad. Five Airs Chinois from Description de l’empire de Chine
attrib. Mozi Songs from Mozi Sings with Melancholy
arr. Amiot Selections from Divertissement 1 from Divertissements Chinois
Facoli Aria della Comedia and Napoletana from Secondo Libro d’Intavolatura
Gabrieli Canzon No. 4 from Canzoni per sonare
Bird Rekhtah – Sakia! Fusul beharust from The Oriental Miscellany
Anon. Qing Dynasty Qiu Lai and Dong Lai from Qingyin Shifa
arr. Kambra Two Chinese Songs: The Peyho Boatman and Moo Lee Chwa Kiqua A Chinese Air
Couperin Les Chinois from Quatrieme Livre
Rameau Les Sauvages from Les Indes Galantes


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