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 eighteenth and nineteenth century, from the enchanting flute solo from Gluck’s famous opera Orphée et Eurydice to the sentimental songs of Franz Schubert.

The Pleasure of the Flute King

King Frederick the Great has been renowned for his love of both war and music. As an accomplished flautist himself, he composed numerous pieces for flute and played concerts every evening at his glamorous court in Potsdam, gathering many talented composers and instrumentalists, including J.J. Quantz, J.S. Bach and C.P.E. Bach and the King’s sister Princess Anna Amalia.

In this programme, Flauguissimo celebrates the marvellous “Flute King” with magnificent pieces by amazing talents related to his court.

The French and British Gardens

Nature has long been a great inspiration for composers, 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.

The French Style United

The splendid French court of Versailles had an enormous influence on all aspects of European cultural life. From delicate ornamentations to extravagant ballets scenes, the French style prevailed musical life far beyond the French borders. At the same time, artists and musicians coming together with ambassadors also brought in other styles and fashions into this glamorous melting pot of urban Paris and the court of Versailles.

In this programme, Flauguissimo celebrate not only the ostentatious French music in its original form, but also follow the trail towards an international style in which the grand French dances meet a flaming Italian virtuosity!