1. „POLONAISE AND THE MUSIC OF THE SAXON COURT IN DRESDEN AND WARSAW”

Performers

Paulina Tkaczyk – harpsichord

Programme

J. Kozłowski, K. Kurpiński, A. Leopold, J. Elsner, Ch.S. Binder

The programme of this concert consists of the rediscovered forgotten polonaises written by Polish composers from the late 18th century and early 19th century, and of sonata by Christlieb Siegmund Binder (1723 -1789), whose works have also been discovered only recently. Throughout his life, this composer remained linked to the court of  Augustus III - the King of Poland and Elector of Saxony (where he was known as Frederick Augustus II) and his grandson Frederick Augustus III. Binder dedicated some of his works to the latter. He was one of the most prominent pioneers of the new musical aesthetic, originating in the 18th century and leading to the strengthening of the classical style. As Richard Engländer said it: “Binder had the same position in the Dresden cultural circle as Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach had in Berlin”. This concert’s programme spans the music performed at the courts in Warsaw and Dresden through the polonaise, a kind of music that was wildly popular in Germany, and the works of Binder, which unite these two centres.

Detailed programme


 

J. Kozłowski (1757 – 1831) „Polonoises pour le Clavecin ou Piano-forte”:
- Polonoise in E flat major Op. 5 No. 2
- Polonoise in F minor Op. 5 No. 10
harpsichord
K. Kurpiński (1785 – 1858) „Kapellmeister Kurpiński’s favourite polonaises”:
- Polonaise in B flat major No. 6
- Polonaise in D major No. 7
harpsichord
A. Leopold (XVIII/XIX) „Quatre Polonaises”:
- Polonaise Militaire in D major No. 1
harpsichord
J. Elsner (1769 – 1854) „Trois Polonaises arrangees pour le Clavecin”:
- Polonaise in E flat major No. 2
harpsichord
Ch.S. Binder (1723-1789) Sonata in A minor Op. 1 No. 5 harpsichord