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Janitsch and the Musical Academy
23 May @ 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm AEST
Austral Harmony : The Freitags-Akademien (Friday Academies) were private musical entertainments established by Johann Gottlieb Janitsch, who belonged to the eminent artistic milieu at the court of Frederick the Great.
We replicate this facet of 18th-century concert life which took place in Berlin and Potsdam, offering music for a variety of instrumental combinations by Janitsch and esteemed contemporaries including Franz Benda, first violinist and eventual leader of the royal court orchestra.
In particular we reawaken the lost art of the Quadro Sonata for three concertante instruments and bass, which were regarded in their time as outstanding models of contrapuntal skill.
New editions by Peter Maddigan include unique scorings for transverse flute and oboes d’amore.