'A Nightingale in Salon'


"Was it a vision, or a waking dream?

            Fled is that music:—Do I wake or sleep?"

The marriage between music and words has always been present, but early romanticism took it to new exciting expressions. Composers, as well as poets, loosened themselves from the stiff boundaries of classical forms, and their pens became vehicles for subjective feelings and expressions.

In this programme we wish to depict a wonderland where music has an intimate bond to words. From the enchanting flute solo from Gluck’s famous opera Orfeo ed Euridice to the sentimental songs of Franz Schubert, we express the true words through only sounds.

'A Salon Opera

During the 18th century, highly popular operas were often reproduced and performed at domestic settings. Fair ladies and gentlemen performed together for entertainment as well as a part of courtship, with the similar theatrical elements of love and death in the intimate salons.

Flauguissimo Duo presents flute and plucked string music of court dances and opera scenes from the 18th century, including pieces by de Visee, Blavet, Gluck, Sor and Giuliani.

*Performed on both baroque and classical instruments.

'The English and French Gardens'

Nature has long been a great inspiration for composers for generations, especially since the age of the Enlightenment, when the vogue of birdsongs and portraits of flowers are at their height.

Flauguissimo Duo presents a selection of flute and theorbo music by French and English composers from the Baroque period, including pieces by Oswald, Basanti, Hotteterre, de Visee and Couperin.

'Piety & Pleasure'

The Two Sides of JS Bach

JS Bach and his genius have always been admired deeply by composers and music lovers. Generations of composers not only inspires by his pious religious works but also by his witty humour.

This programme includes an eclectic variety of pieces by Bach and his contemporaries, as well as earlier examples of the musical styles which Father Bach eventually would bring to perfection.