John Schneiderman, early 19th-century guitar
Jeffrey Cohan, 8-keyed flute (London, 1820)
Virtuoso works from the early 19th-century golden age for flute and guitar will be performed on authentic early 19th-century instruments.
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the industrial revolution and the musical appetite of a new middle class ushered into being expressive trends less affected by stylistic constraints of the past. This emerging early 19th-century romanticism and new tonal expectations of musical instruments brought about a new chemistry between flutists and guitarists, a blossoming of guitar-flute repertoire by virtuosos on their evolving instruments, and a golden age for the flute-guitar duo.
The 8-keyed flute used in this performance was made in London in 1820 of cocuswood or Jamaican ebony with silver ornamental rings and keys by George Rudall with the help of George Willis. In 1821, Rudall joined with Rose to make Rudall & Rose flutes, which have found their way into the hands of some of today’s most well-known flutists playing traditional Irish music.
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.
“Salish Sea Early Music Festival always goes down musical byways and comes up with fascinating results. Here’s a concert of flute and guitar music from the early 19th century, a golden age for both instruments and their collaboration.” ~ Seattle music critic Philippa Kiraly. This concert is an LMP Critic’s Pick.