Musica bizzarra

We find ourselves in an eventful era, sensing change, unrest, excitement; truly a bizarre time. In this current, uncertain, and highly tense times, we want to express our thoughts through music. The word “bizarre” has many meanings – strange, peculiar, whimsical, eccentric. Our ensemble wants to explore this term musically. To do so, we have carefully compiled a rich repertoire containing unusual works. From the bass recorder to the viola, from early Baroque to early classical literature, from Merula to Bach; we combine various types of instruments, pieces, epochs that may not seem to fit together at first glance but are capable of evoking strong emotions, surprising, and moving the audience. At the same time, our repertoire will also include calm pieces, musical compositions that aim to provide comfort and hope for a better future.

Matthew Locke (Exeter 1621 – London 1677) – Fantasy from Suita No. 2

Georg Philipp Telemann (Magdeburg 1681 – Hamburg 1767) – Trio Sonata from Essercii musici TWV 42:a4 Largo, Vivace, Affettuoso, Allegro

Tarquinio Merula (Busseto 1595 – Cremona 1665) – La Cattarina from Canzoni overo sonate concertate per chiesa e camera, op. 12 Nr 10


Steffan Nau (Etienne Nau) 1596 – 1647 – Fantasia

Johann Sebastian Bach (Eisenach 1685 – Leipzig 1750) – Canon Cancricans from Das musikalische Opfer BWV 1079

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (Weimar 1714 – Hamburg 1788) – Sonata in F Major for bass-recorder, viola und basso continuo Wq 163 Un poco andante, Allegretto, Allegro

Marco Uccellini (Forlimpopoli 1603/1610 – 1680 Forlimpopoli) – Aria Sopra la Bergamasca


Michelangelo Rossi (Genua 1601/1602 – Rome 1656) – Toccata Nr 7 in d minor from Toccate e correnti d’intavolatura per organo e cimbalo

Alessandro Stradella (Bologna 1643 – Genua 1682) – Sonata a violino solo e basso, Mus. G. 210, ff. 5r-10v Andante liberamente, Allegro spiccato, Adagio, Vivo, Adagio, Allegro

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) – Trio Sonata in g minor TWV 42:g9 Suave ma non adagio, Vivace, Largo, Allegro

Andrea Falconieri (Neapel 1585 – Neapel 1656) – Folias echa para mi Senora Dona Tarolilla de Carallenos, Il primo libro di Canzone