The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentleman at Folio, January 10

Posted on January 06, 2017, 3:13 pm
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Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum will open the new year with The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentleman sound | counterpoint, this Tuesday, January 10 at 7pm. From Folio:

The Seattle Athenaeum continues its season of music by presenting sound|counterpoint in collaboration with Early Music Guild. The sound|counterpoint ensemble specializes in music of the late Renaissance, the Baroque, and 21st century played on period instruments. The group members—Miyo Aoki, recorder; Curtis Foster, oboe; Linda Melsted, violin; and Jonathan Oddie, harpsichord—will be joined by Christine Wilkinson-Beckman (violin/viola) to present a choice sampling of pieces from libraries of Thomas Britton and Gottfried Finger, featuring music by Locke, Purcell, Matteis, and others.

The program harks back to 17th century London where, in addition to the thriving publishing market which provided music to amateurs to enjoy in their own homes, the popularity of the public concert was also on the rise. Early London concertgoers embraced a diverse selection of musical styles: from older English fantasias to newer sonatas from the European continent. In the library of one musical enthusiast, works in the most up-to-date Italian and French styles sat alongside English compositions by composers from the turn of the 17th century, fifty or sixty years earlier.

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum describes itself as, “a gathering place for books and the people who love them. Devoted to the intellectually curious, Folio offers circulating collections, vibrant conversation, innovative cultural and civic programs and work spaces for writers.”

The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentleman sound | counterpoint

When: Tuesday, January 10, 7pm

Where: Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum (314 Marion St)

Tickets are $25 / $20 for members / $10 students or Pay What You Can

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