Johann Sebastian Bach is perhaps the most towering figure in music history. Ever since Felix Mendelssohn revived his works, Bach has never ceased to be with us. From his Passions to The Art of Fugue to his famous “Air”, Bach is so widely admired and beloved that it is hard to imagine ever having been without him. But there was a world before Bach, and in it lived a league of composers on whose legacy he stands. In this program, Ensemble Masques looks beneath the foundations of the great J.S. to uncover the astonishing atmosphere of the World Before — a musical landscape of breathtaking richness, beauty and invention.


Ensemble Masques Sophie Gent, violin Tuomo Suni, violn Kathleen Kajioka, viola Mélisande Corriveau, bass viol Benoît Vanden Bemden, violone
Olivier Fortin, harpsichords


First Half J.S. BACH (1685 – 1750) Contrapunctus 1 (Art of Fugue, BWV 1080) ROSENMULLER (1617-1684) Sonata nona in D Major (Sonatae à 2,3,4 e 5 stromenti da arco et altri, 1682) J.H. SCHMELZER (1623 – 1680) Sonata IX a 5 in D Minor (Sacroprofanum Concentus, 1662) H.I.F. BIBER (1644 – 1704) Sonata a 5 in B flat Major (Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes, 1676) J.S. BACH Sinfonia 9 in G Minor BWV 797
  1. ROSENMULLER Sonata settima à 4 D Minor (Sonatae à 2,3,4 e 5 stromenti da arco et altri)
J.S. BACH / W.A. MOZART Fugue KV 405 (from WTK Fugue BWV 877) H.I.F. BIBER Sonata à 5 in D Minor (Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes)

Second Half

R.WEICHLEIN (1652-1706)
Sonata II à 5 in G Minor (Encænia Musices, 1695)

« Air » from Suite nr. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068

MUFFAT (1653-1704)
Sonate nr. 5 in G Major (Armonico tributo 1682)


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