Linda Melsted, violin
Rom Pokorny, violin
Jeffrey Cohan, baroque flute
Jonathan Oddie, harpsichord
François André Danican Philidor, history’s first great chess master and world chess champion for almost 5 decades, was the son of Louis XIV’s celebrated music librarian who compiled the suites heard in January’s program. He composed the six Sinfonias collected as The Art of Modulation in 1755 in a clear demonstration of his cerebral prowess, as in Berlin four years earlier when he simultaneously played 3 chess games blindfolded and won them all. This performance features a completely new selection of suites from The Art of Modulation and other works from the mid-18th century.
The 2017 Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents several contrasting programs from January through June of renaissance, baroque, and Beethoven-era chamber music on period instruments with special guests from Hannover and Lübeck, Germany, and from around the United States and Canada.