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FLORILEGIUM

THIS PERFORMANCE TOOK PLACE IN 2008 Ashley Solomon, flute (Artistic Director) Rodolfo Richter, violin Jennifer Morsches, cello Reiko Ichise, viola da gamba James Johnstone, harpsichord BACH Musical Offering, BWV1079 Bach’s masterful collection of solo and ensemble pieces written on a ‘royal theme’ is performed by the internationally renowned early music ensemble Florilegium. On visiting the royal court in Potsdam in May 1747 Bach was entertained by King Friedrich II, himself an accomplished flute and keyboard player. Playing a melody on the Forte et Piano the King invited Bach to improvise a fugue on his theme. The King was so pleased by Bach’s fugue that Bach promised to write it down and have it engraved in copper. Shortly afterwards Bach expanded the work into a collection of fugues, canons and a trio sonata for solo and ensemble combinations under the title ‘Musical Offering’ and dedicating the work to the King. 6.45pm Pre-concert talk by Mark Audus The concert finishes at approximately 8.50pm ‘Fine, incisive playing, honest and heartfelt. Crisp, imaginative and individual playing.’ - The Independent