Woods and Brooks: Horticultural and Musical connections between 18th-century Europe and America
The eighteenth century saw a craze for horticulture, enriched by discoveries on colonial expeditions, and particularly plants and trees from North America that were found to adapt remarkably well to the European climate. While outside, aristocrats planted intricately designed gardens and took pride in propagating rare species collected on exotic travels, inside their salons, they cultivated music with equal vigor, so that it flourished with equal profusion. This concert of works from the Baroque age will be accompanied by a lecture outlining parallels between the trade of materials such as plants and timbers used in the construction of musical instruments, and the exchange of musical culture in the eighteenth century.
Music for baroque winds and basso continuo by:
J.S. Bach, G.P. Telemann, J.B. de Boismortier and G.B. Platti
Lecture: “What has the American Honey Locust tree got to do with Johann Sebastian Bach?" by Geoffrey Burgess