Project Sanssouci

Project Sanssouci (updated April 14, 2014)

This is the theme of an exciting, multi-year project I have undertaken to and lecture about music at the 18th-century court of Frederick “the Great,” and to create first editions and CD recordings of flute music in his circle.

2014 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and I will be offering a number of contributions, including performances, articles and lectures.

The year 2012 marked the 300th anniversary of the king’s birth and occasioned a number of events and recordings in which I participated. So far, Project Sanssouci includes five CD releases (see the Discography). If you wish to play any of this music, look for my editions in the publications page, especially the first edition of four previously inaccessible sonatas by Frederick “the Great,” published by Breitkopf & Härtel.

My work is receiving critical acclaim!

Upcoming: 

Look for my feature article on Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach in Flutist Quarterly (August issue) to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the composer’s birth.  On April 30th I perform with Newton Baroque in a concert featuring the music of  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and his contemporaries. On May 2-3 I will perform concerts with Newton Baroque and present a lecture on Emanuel Bach’s Flute Quartets at Kenyon College, during  the Meeting of the American Bach Society.

Recently Released CD:

In July 2013 Naxos released  my world premier CD recording of unknown flute concertos by Johann Joachim Quantz and Frederick “the Great”, performed with Miklos Spanyi and Concerto Armonico, including one lost concerto I recovered from Russia. This recording has received critical acclaim and features 18th-century cadenzas written down in one of the concertos. It explores the contrast between the dramatic, Dresden court orchestral-style scoring of Quantz’s concertos versus the intimate chamber music-style scoring typical of the evening soirees held by the flutist-king, Frederick ‘the Great.’

Past events and reviews:

My lecture-recital about Frederick as flutist, “The Flutist of Sanssouci: Frederick ‘the Great’ as Performer and Composer,” performed at the invitation of the National Flute Association in Las Vegas, 2012, received an enthusiastic review. You can read it here! Also, look for my article with the same title, which was featured in the fall issue of Flutist Quarterly 18 (2012). A Dutch translation of the article followed in FLUIT, the journal of the Dutch Flute Society.

In September 2012, at the invitation of the Berlin State Archives and the Berlin State Library, I appeared as a guest speaker on the topic of King Frederick as a musician for the exhibition, Hommes de Lettres –Frederick: The King at His Writing Desk. The exhibition, in the Kulturforum in Berlin, ran from June to October 2012. On November 3 at 12:00pm at the meeting of the American Musicological Society in New Orleans, I presented another lecture-recital, this one focused on the art and meaning of the Adagio in 18th-century Berlin, entitled “Bringing His Audience to Tears:  Frederick ‘the Great’ as Composer and Performer.”

Recent performances included a chamber recital with Newton Baroque of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Quartets for Piano, flute and viola (April 2013), and a solo recital with Andrus Madsen, harpsichord, featuring music of C.P.E. Bach, Franz Benda, and Johann Joachim Quantz in Boston (December 2012), hosted by Early Music Thursday at the First Church in Boston.

 

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