Baroque Music of Scotland and Ireland
During the 18th century, Scotland enjoyed an unprecedented period of intense musical creativity and growth. Probably the most unique and enduring musical result of this burst of activity was the melding of Italian art music with the folk song and fiddle music of Scotland. Musically speaking, the melding of the two styles of music is most evident in the structural and compositional techniques employed in the music. The combination of imitative writing, counterpoint, chromatic harmonies and multi-movement sonata form with Scotch melodies is one obvious manifestation of the Italian influence. The commonly employed structure of a song followed by an extensive and often virtuosic set of variations also has precedence in Italian practice.
Julie Andrijeski, baroque violin
Emily Davidson, baroque violin
Patricia Halverson, viola da gamba
Scott Pauley, theorbo & baroque guitar
Chris Norman, wooden flute