The Academy of Ancient Music

Handel in Italy: Music from the young composer's travels

Thursday 13th June 2013

7:30 pm

In 1706, the 21-year-old Handel set out for Italy. The following three years would provide vibrant musical and personal stimulation for the young composer, as he came under the wing of a host of patrons and benefactors, fraternised with some of the most influential composers of the day, found love (or at least a much-gossiped-about fling with a star soprano), and came to be affectionately dubbed 'il caro Sassone' - 'the dear Saxon'.

Clor, Tirsi e Fileno, a comic cantata full of the vivid characterisation, dramatic music and tuneful melodies which would make Handel famous in his later operas, showcases the sense of invention that abounded in the Rome of the day. Arcangelo Corelli, who led Handel's Italian Orchestra, was revolutionising violin writing with his darling compositions, whilst the Scarlattis, father and son, were thrilling audiences with instrumental writing of quirky flamboyance.

Handel - Diana cacciatrice (1707)

Domenico Scarlatti - Sinfonia a 3 in G minor (unknown)

Corelli - Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 9 in F major (1714)

Alessandro Scarlatti - Concerto Grosso No. 6 in D minor (c. 1715)

Handel - Clori, Tirsi e Fileno (1707)

Ticket & Booking Information
£14, £20, £27 including a complimentary programme
Cambridge Corn Exchange Box Office: 01223 357851

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