L’Arte del Violino

Virtuoso violin sonatas

Tuesday 10.11.2020 | 19:30 Dominican Monastery
Jilská 5, Praha 1, 110 00


Pietro Locatelli (1695–1764)
Triosonata in G major Op. 5, No. 1 for flute, violin and basso continuo
Giuseppe Tartini (1692–1770)
Sonata in G minor Op. 1, No. 10 for violin and basso continuo
Francesco Maria Veracini (1690–1768)
Sonata in G major No. 2 for flute and basso continuo
František Benda (1709–1786)
Sonata in C minor for violin and basso continuo
Pietro Locatelli (1695–1764)
Triosonata in E major, Op. 5, No. 3 for flute, violin and basso continuo
Concert without intermission.
Expected end of the concert 20.50.


The concert will feature the finer intricacies of chamber music playing alongside the virtuosity of both the violin and flute. The most distinguished violin virtuosos of the late Baroque period came from Italy. They were celebrated both at home and abroad and were no strangers to Prague on their travels.


Pietro Antonio Locatelli, a violinist from Bergamo who later settled in Amsterdam and is famed for solo compositions of the most challenging nature, will be doubly featured in the programme with his charming trio sonatas. Giuseppe Tartini was not only a famous violinist, but also a musical theorist. Before founding his famous violin school in Padua, he stayed in Bohemia with Count Kinsky for three years. His captivating and dramatic sonata "Didone abbandonata" will also be performed. Francesco Maria Veracini will complete the trio of Italian virtuosos (and contemporaries).


The Italian masters also had their followers in this country. One of the greatest and most renowned violinists of the second half of the 18th century was František Benda, a native of Benátky nad Jizerou, who became famous throughout Europe as a violin virtuoso and composer and spent most of his life in Berlin and at the court of Frederick the Great. Benda's violin artistry was highly appreciated and celebrated during his lifetime, and his renown was quite equal to that of his Italian colleagues.


This concert, in the beautiful setting of the Baroque Refectory of the Dominican Monastery in Prague’s Old Town, will present Italian instrumental chamber music just as it would have been heard around the middle of the 18th century in musical capitals on both sides of the Alps.


Lenka Torgersen – Baroque violin
Jana Semerádová – flauto traverso
Peter Trefflinger – Baroque cello
Erich Traxler – harpsichord
Jan Krejča – theorbo


Dominican Monastery

Jilská 5, Praha 1, 110 00

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