Francesco Antonio Bonporti Cinque Concerti a Quatro Op.XI, I Virtuosi Italiani

Francesco Antonio Bonporti (1672-1749)

Bonporti was an Italian baroque composer.  Many of his works have been lost.  Bonporti himself published 12 sets of his works (most of these works were solo and trio sonatas).  His musical style was inspired by that of Arcangelo Corelli (a virtuoso violinist and composer whom Bonporti may have studied with).  Bonporti’s music is notable for its imaginative harmonies, unusual focus to melodic detail, and it is full of lively interplay between the instruments in fast movements.  Bonporti’s inventions for solo violin and continuo were a favourite of J.S. Bach.  Bach copied out at least four or them.  For a long time the pieces that Bach copied were thought to have been composed by him.  The latest musicological research shows that the four inventions found in Bach’s hand are actually by Francesco Antonio Bonporti.

The link on this post is a recording by an early music ensemble called I Virtuosi Italiani.  They are playing some concertos by Bonporti written for a quartet of string instruments with keyboard continuo.

 

Alessandro Stradella. Chare Jesu suavissime.

Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682)

Alessandro Stradella was an Italian composer of the middle Baroque period.  He wrote operas, cantatas, oratorios, and instrumental pieces (mostly for stringed instruments and basso continuo).

Chare Jesu suavissimo (Dear Sweet Jesus) is a song to Jesus.  It is performed in this recording by contralto Gérard Lesne and the ensemble Il Seminario musicale.  I hope you enjoy this beautiful music!

Pedrini: Sonate X en ut mineur (violin)

Teodorico Pedrini (1671-1746)

Teodorico Pedrini was an Italian priest, musician, composer, and missionary.  He served as a missionary at the Imperial Court of China for 36 years.  Pedrini was the music teacher to three sons of one of China’s emperors.  He was the co-author of the first treatise on Western Music theory written in Chinese.

The Sonata no.10 is written for Violin and continuo. Here is a recording of it played by a group called Le Baroque Nomade. It is one of several sonatas written for the Kangxi Emperor. Enjoy!