Sally Walker

Sally Walker

21apr7:30 pmSally WalkerSalut! Baroque, NGA Canberra

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Salut! Baroque presents

Sweet Melodies & Angry Tempests

Singers of the Baroque period touched directly on the emotions of audiences, transporting them from sweet melodies to angry tempests. Nuance and intuitiveness were key – an inflection of the voice here, a gesture there. Jacopo Peri wrote in 1600 of ornaments as “those charms and elegances, which one cannot write down, and [if] written, one cannot learn them from the notation.” As singers saw opportunities to create performances full of extravagant theatrics, some composers remained sticklers for formality and restraint, with Lully declaring of his recitatives: No embellishment! … I want it to be absolutely plain”. By the late Baroque period, composers began to regain control of their creative output, no longer leaving ornamentation to the discretion of the performers, with Marc-Antoine Laugier suggesting musicians “restrict themselves scrupulously to the notation before their eyes” (1754).

Anna Fraser, Soprano
Sally Melhuish, Recorder
Hans-Dieter Michatz, Recorder
Sally Walker, Baroque Flute
Jane Downer, Baroque Oboe
John Ma, Baroque Violin
Julia Russoniello, Baroque Violin
Suzie Kim, Baroque Viola
Tim Blomfield, Baroque Cello
Monika Kornel, Harpsichord



April 21, 2023 7:30 pm(GMT+10:00)


National Gallery of Australia

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