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2017 - 2018 ~ NYC Subscription Concerts ~ 43rd Season

Notes - October 12, 2017

Early Notation

If Vivaldi Had Been Flemish
Henri-Jacques de Croes
Henri-Jacques de Croes (1705-1786) was a Flemish composer and violinist. He spent most of his career attached to royal courts: from 1729 to 1737 working for Prince Anselme-François of Thurn and Taxis, who shuttled between Brussels and Frankfurt; and, from 1744 to 1786, for the governor of the Low Countries, Charles Alexander of Lorraine, in Brussels, where de Croes spent 40 years as music director at the chapel royal.

The year of composition of the flute concerto on the BarokOrkest program is unknown, but current thinking is that it dates from the period between royal engagements (about 1740 to 1745). Early works by de Croes display a Germanic style, reflecting time spent in Frankfurt. However, his works after he returned to Brussels are closer to the style of Vivaldi…for good reason. The concerto was published only recently, in an edition based on a manuscript found in the St. Gudule collection of the Royal Conservatories in Brussels.

This collection was a labor of love on the part of a singular clergyman, Canon Jan Bernard Vanden Boom (1688-1769), of the Collegiate Church of St. Michel and St. Gudule in Brussels. As cantor, he had the music library under his purview. With a passion for music, especially of Italian origin (Vivaldi was a favorite), Vanden Boom expanded the church’s library through both acquisition and commission. De Croes was among the Flemish composers whose commissioned manuscripts, such as this concerto, were collected by the good Canon.

Special Non-Subscription Event
The Transverse Flute
On Tuesday, October 17, as part of the 2017 New York Early Music Celebration, Early Music Foundation will present a special concert featuring transverse flutists Barthold Kuijken and Immanuel Davis (both also appearing on the October 22 EM/NY program).

The Royal Flutes: Music from the Court of Louis XIV” will offer 18th-century French transverse flute duets and trio-sonatas by Couperin, Hotteterre, Marais, Clérambault and more. Messrs. Kuijken and Davis will be joined by viola da gamba player Arnie Tanimoto and harpsichordist Donald Livingston.

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General Admission: $40; Students $20 at the door.

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Venue -

First Church of Christ, Scientist
Central Park West at
68th St
First Church interior
Near Lincoln Center, the First Church of Christ, Scientist faces Central Park at 68th St. and is reached via the M72, M10 and Columbus Ave. M7 & M11 bus lines; subways C to 72nd at Central Park West (70th St. exit) & #1 to 66th at Broadway. Parking garages are available along W. 68th and W. 66th Streets. For information regarding disability access call 212-280-0330.
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Venue -

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th St
Cathedral St John the Divine
Adjacent to the Columbia University campus, the Cathedral is easily reached by public transportation: Buses M4, M11, M104; Subway #1 to 110th Street & Broadway. Parking is available in nearby garages on 112th and 114th Streets. For information regarding disability access call 212-280-0330.
At your service
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FALL 2017
th-Century Flanders & Holland
Sunday, October 22nd at 5:00 pm (note time)
First Church of Christ,  Scientist
Central Park West at 68
th Street

EARLY MUSIC NEW YORK [EM/NY] Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Frederick Renz, with guest baroque flute soloist Barthold KuijkenBarthold Kuijken, presents an afternoon of High Baroque in the Low Countries. Featured will be orchestra works by outstanding composers who flourished in the Dutch and Flemish capitals, including De Fesch, Van Wassenaer, Groneman, De Croes, Hellendaal  and Van Maldere (many esteemed by Haydn and Mozart).

This is the concluding event in the sixth Citywide New York Early Music Celebration 2017: The Low Countries – Flanders & Holland.
Netherlands America FoundationPerforming Arts Fund NL
Flanders House in New York
Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

This project has received funding through a grant from
the General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA,
the Netherland-America Foundation and

the Performing Arts Fund NL,
and is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program
by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

Renaissance in the Low Countries
Saturday, December 9th at 7:30 pm
First Church of Christ,  Scientist
Central Park West at 68
th Street

with continuing performances at

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
Sunday, December 10th at 2:00 pm
Sunday, December 17th at 2:00 pm
Monday, December 25th at 2:00 pm
Monday, December 25th at 5:00 pm
Guillaume Dufay et Gilles Binchois
Continuing the fall focus on Flanders & Holland, Burgundian Christmas presents sacred and secular Renaissance holiday motets and carols for voices and instruments. EM/NY’s concerts in the intimate and ambient St. James Chapel, nestled within the world
s largest gothic cathedral, always play to full houses, so order early!

Genial Kapellmeister
Saturday, March 3rd at 7:30 pm
First Church of Christ,  Scientist
Central Park West at 68th Street

Maestro Renz
Maestro Renz
devotes an entire evening to a single composer: the beloved and endlessly inventive “Papa” Haydn. With his unique combination of genius and geniality, Haydn developed some of the freshest, most original classical symphonies of his time, from the stormy to the sublime, while in service at the remote Esterházy estate in Hungary.

Venice to Vienna
Saturday, May 5th at 7:30 pm
First Church of Christ,  Scientist
Central Park West at 68th Street

The Concert, Lionello Spada  c. 1615
The ‘new’ Italian style of Monteverdi and his contemporaries, blossoming at the turn of the 17th century, quickly made its way across the Alps, as Italians were engaged by Austrian and German courts. In addition to Monteverdi, composers will include Carlo Farina, whose Capriccio stravagante feat
ures a veritable carnival of the animals.

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