Barock is a German word, which originally meant ‘bizarre’. It was not until 1918 that the term ‘barock’ was first used in German to describe the music of Bach’s time. When Sir Charles Burney used it in his German Tour diary (1733), he explained that it meant ‘coarse and uncouth’, much as writers then used the word ‘Gothic’.
In architecture, the word Barock was applied from about 1867 to the highly-decorated style of the 17th and 18th centuries in Austria and Germany.
Therefore, to apply the term Baroque (French/English spelling) with all its shades of meaning is to extend the boundaries of Baroque music far beyond the dates which have traditionally been set for it.
This programme explores Barock harpsichord music accross three centuries. It ranges from traditional Baroque repertoire by Bach, Purcell and Balbastre, through 19th century Spanish favourite, Leyenda, to Gershwin and the Beatles.
- Willard Palmer (born 1917)
- Blues for harpsichord
Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
- Scarborough Fair (Arr. Angle, 1995)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
- Leyenda (arr. Anderson, 1996)
Two Australian works:
- Aria and Variations 1, 2 & 29 from the Goldberg Variations
George Gershwin (1898-1937)
- Mary Mageau (born 1934) Winter’s Shadow (1984)
- Jill Lowe (born 1953) Barock (1993)
Two English works:
- I got Rhythm (Arr. Angle, 1995)
Jean Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
William Albright (born 1944)
Claude Bénigne Balbastre (1727-99)
Donald Angle (born 1943)
- Henry Purcell (1659-95) A new Ground (1689)
- John Lennon (1940-80) Eleanor Rigby (Arr. Angle, 1995)