Music in Salzburg 1650 to 1705

Although Salzburg sparkles with an abundance of well-known and beloved composers, this seminar will closely examine music written between 1650 and 1705, largely focusing on the music of two lesser known but well worth discovering Baroque composers: Franz Heinrich von Biber and George Muffat. Both von Biber and Muffat wrote compellingly expressive music for solo violin, as well as larger ensemble pieces and large-scale compositions for the church.

This six-week seminar will be held online, but one or two sessions will feature live performances of Biber’s and Muffat’s music by Andrus Madsen and his brilliant colleague, violinist Susanna Ogata, at the Second Church in West Newton. Carpools will be arranged so that seminar participants can travel together to West Newton.

Note: This course will not meet on Friday, February 24, and will resume the following the Friday.


Group Leader: ANDRUS MADSEN
Venue: online
Meets on: Fridays 10:00 am to noon
Starting: 2/10/2023
Sessions: 6
Class Size: 15
Teaching Style: Lecture and discussion
Weekly Preparation: 1 - 2 hours
Group Leader Biography:

Andrus Madsen is the minister of music at Second Church in Newton and the founding director of Newton Baroque. He earned a doctorate in Harpsichord Performance, as well as a master’s degree in Music History at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He is an active performer on all sorts of historical keyboard instruments and eagerly explores western classical music that lies outside of the canon.