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Early Music Festival: Bound to Nothing

Fantasticus: Rie Kimura (baroque violin) Robert Smith (viola da gamba) Guillermo Brachetta (harpsichord)

“It is bound to nothing, neither to any words nor to a melodic subject. It was instituted to display genius.” Stylus Fantasticus is the term for a genre of virtuoso instrumental chamber music that blossomed across Europe in the late 17th century. It was “a free and unrestrained method of composing”, in effect the liberation of instrumental music from the dominance of vocal music. Often driven along by ostinato bass patterns, the music is remarkable for its unending energy, florid solo lines and inherent freedom. Composers from this time pushed the boundaries of form, technique and convention. Fantasticus enchants its audiences with the unsurpassed wonder and energy from that time. This programme will include works by Buxtehude, Schmelzer, Erlebach and even a smattering of Bach himself.

Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Leeds

Tickets: £15 / £13 advance booking saver Free students and children under 16

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