Music and intrigue from the court of Frederick the Great fill this noble program. A standard-setting hub of ideas and influence throughout much of the Enlightenment, Frederick's court employed C.P.E. Bach, son of J.S. Bach, whose progressive music the king preferred over his famous father's. Yet the elder Bach would prove his mettle: after being challenged by Frederick to improvise over a complex 21-note theme the king had written, Bach responded with his sublime Musical Offering -- the heart of which is heard here alongside music by the king's court composers of choice: Quantz, who taught Frederick the flute; Graun, who served as his Kapellmeister; and C.P.E. himself, rumored to be the real author of the Musical Offering theme. St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble performs Trio in E-flat for flute and violin by Quantz, Cantabile and ma un poco Adagio from Violin Sonata in G Major by J.S. Bach, Quartet in G Major for flute, viola, cello and harpsichord by C.P.E. Bach, Sonata in C Minor for viola and harpsichord by Graun and the Trio Sonata from the Musical Offering by J.S. Bach at the Brooklyn Museum.
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