German:  Kaiser Ferdinand III (1608-1657)
(c. 1637-1638)
Frans Luycx (1604-1668)

At the Monarch’s Pleasure:

At the Monarch’s Pleasureis a program honoring the music and musicians from the House of Habsburg in the 17th-Century.  As Holy Roman Emperor from 1637 until his death, Ferdinand III was an outstanding patron of music, and was himself a composer.  In this concert, Heartland Baroque celebrates not only the imperial throne, but commemorates the dynasty of musicians for whom Ferdinand himself also had much respect.  Works of Venetian composers at the Hapsburg court by Antonio Bertali, Giovanni Battista Buonamente, and Massimiliano Neri will be featured, as well as works from their revered colleague Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, including Schmelzer’s stunning Lamento sopra la morte di Ferdinando III and his Balletto, Die Fechtschule.




View of the San Marco Basin (1697)
Gaspar van Wittel (1656-1736)

La Serenissima:

La Serenissima features Italian repertoire which celebrates not only the allure of Venice, but also the unabashed achievement of several of its most active composers in and around the city in the middle of the 17-Century.  In the baroque period, Venice is the veritable musical capital of Italy and is often considered one of the most alive and artistically innovative cities in the entirety of Europe. Musicians from North and West Europe stayed in Venice to learn from other composers, instrumentalists and singers born in Venice,  or they relocated to its stimulating cultural and physical environment, and had their music published in Venice very often.  Heartland Baroque members pay tribute to this forward-thinking musical world of 17th-Century Venice in a program of instrumental music full of deep delights from such composers as Biagio Marini, Marco Uccellini, Giovanni Battista Fontana, Dario Castello, Andrea Falconieri, Girolamo Frescobaldi, and Bartolomé de Selma y Salaverde.  This program, full of its contrasts and startling alterations of mood, tempo, and spirit, compels the listener to know how Venice rightfully earned the title, “The Musical Republic.”




Still Life of Flowers (1614)
Ambrosius Bosschaert (1573-1621)

Alpine Flowers

While many of baroque music’s most well-known personalities hail from Italy (think of Vivaldi and Corelli for example, in the 18th-Century), baroque music overflows with a broad range of styles, and with rich repertoire that comes from a wide geographic region.  In this program, Heartland Baroque features composers from both Italy and Germany, and also particularly those associated with the Dresden Court.  These musicians and composers travelled all over the continent and heard each other’s styles. The conventions they encountered in each other’s work made strong artistic impressions on German composers as Johann Wilhelm Furchheim, Dietrich Becker, and Johann Vierdanck as well as on Idstalian composers, Tarquinio Merula, Marco Uccellini, Carlo Farina, and Giovanni Paolo Cima.  Alpine Flowers features these 17th-Century composers from both sides of the Alps, demonstrating their use of the most electrifying dramatic elements, timbres, colors, and technical brilliance that characterize 17th-Century baroque music.