A Portrait of Heinrich Biber (1644 - 1704) at Howard Assembly Room
Play, Sun 20 Nov 2016
A Portrait of Heinrich Biber (1644 - 1704)
Leeds Baroque Choir & Orchestra directed by Peter HolmanPre-concert talk by Dr Tassilo ErhardtHeinrich Biber (1644-1704) was the greatest Austrian composer of the seventeenth century, to be ranked with his contemporaries Marc-Antoine Charpentier in France and Henry Purcell in England. The centrepiece of this concert is Biber's Missa Sancti Henrici, a mature masterpiece written in 1696 to mark his daughter becoming a nun; performed complete with motets and sonatas interspersed as in a church performance at the time. After the interval Leeds Baroque let their hair down with a selection of Biber's secular instrumental music, including a virtuosic suite for two scordatura violins and continuo, the remarkable Battalia, vividly portraying seventeenth-century armies in action, and the popular Night watchman's Serenade, in which the watchman can be heard calling out the hours in a chorale. Biber has long been one of director Peter Holman's favourite composers, and this concert is an appropriate way of celebrating his 70th birthday.
Map reference: SE 303338 Lat: 53.79985 Long: -1.54122
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