Salut! Baroque presents Musical Moonlighters illustrating the struggle for composers between creativity and livelihood, a necessary balance for Baroque composers, not dissimilar to artists today. This collection of music is by little-known composers who had passion and talent but did not make a living from composing. Musicians usually found themselves at the mercy of others to survive unless were they born into the aristocracy or had a wealthy patron. However, these composers applied their wide-ranging skills to be employed elsewhere – as scientists, diplomats, spies, artists and in the military. Circumstance may have dictated their choice of profession yet, as moonlighters, their compositions still stand out for their charm, inspiration and inventiveness.
The program: Music by Albicastro, Herschel, Corbett, Bonporti, Hoffmeister, Haym, Sanz, Frederick the Great, Woodcock, Kircher and MacIntyre
Sally Melhuish, Hans-Dieter Michatz, Recorders/ Stephen Freeman, Julia Russoniello, Baroque Violin/ Karina Schmitz, John Ma, Baroque Viola / Tim Blomfield, Baroque Cello/ Simon Martyn-Ellis, Theorbo/Baroque Guitar/ Monika Kornel, Harpsichord
One performance in Canberra as well as the Sydney concert. CANBERRA: Friday 13 May 2022, 7.30pm
Albert Hall, Commonwealth Ave