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Kleine Kammermusik: The Art of Counterpoint

  • St. Stephen's Episcopal Church 19 South 10th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 (map)

Presented by Kleine Kammermusik

The Art of Counterpoint is a program demonstrating the richness of contrapuntal invention from the two great High Baroque masters. Working in close proximity to each other--Leipzig and Dresden, the capital of Saxony just 100km away--Bach and Zelenka knew and admired each other. From their distinctive personalities they each developed equally intricate and dazzlingly virtuosic styles of counterpoint.

Kleine Kammermusik is dedicated to bringing to life the wealth of chamber music for winds and continuo. Its members are all leading exponents and hold prominent posts in early music groups across the country. Not only are they fine virtuoso players in their own right, but together they have also developed an intuitive feeling for the musical style, and their rapport produces performances full of elegant control and superb artistry. Learn more.


Jan Dismas Zelenka, Sonata I (ZWV 181/1) 
Zelenka, Vide, Domine, cantilena circularis (ZWV 179)
Johann Sebastian Bach, Contrapunctus I from The Art of Fugue (BWV 1080) 
Bach, Fugue in g minor (from Fantasy and Fugue for organ, BWV 542)
Bach, Aria from Schleicht, spielende Wellen BWV 206/7
Bach, Prelude and Fugue in C major, WTC, book 1 
Bach, Canon a 2 super thema regium 
Bach, Three-Part Ricercar from The Musical Offering (BWV 1079) 
Zelenka, Sonata IV, 2 oboes, bassoon, continuo (ZWV 181/4)

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