Athenaeum Special Concerts

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Fantasia, Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the Death of Georg Philipp Telemann

A Special Concert by Baroque Violinist Victoria Martino


Sunday, June 25, 2017

All concerts begin at 2PM.


On June 25, 1767, Georg Philipp Telemann, the most acclaimed and highly regarded German composer of the Baroque era, died in Hamburg at the age of 86. An esteemed friend of Handel, J.S. Bach, and many other composers of his generation, Telemann was universally considered in his day to be a more “modern” and innovative composer than any of his contemporaries, and he was therefore more successful than all of them. An autodidact, and yet one of the most prolific composers of all time, he produced works in every conceivable genre, from operas, passions, oratorios, cantatas, and orchestral suites, to concerti and the most intimate chamber works for a wide range of instruments. Of these latter compositions, his 24 Fantasies for solo violin are among the richest and most imaginative. They incorporate nearly all of the stylistic models then employed in Europe: the French overture, the Italian cantilena and siciliano, and a multitude of German dance forms, with the occasional Polish folk tune thrown in for good measure.


An accomplished violinist himself, who retained a great love for his first instrument throughout his long career, Telemann did not spare the solo performer of his Fantasies any technical displays of virtuosity or flights of musical fancy. These works require a violinist of consummate technical skill and impeccable musicianship.


The first twelve Fantasies, although clearly composed for the violin (as indicated on the original manuscript title page), have been traditionally performed on the flute. Victoria Martino has researched the original manuscript and studied the works in great detail, and she has concluded that they are idiomatically conceived for the violin, both technically and musically. In this historic anniversary concert, she will reunite the 24 Fantasies, possibly for the very first time since their composition.


Victoria Martino studied Baroque violin with Robert Koff in Boston and has been performing professionally as a soloist and chamber musician with early music ensembles since 1989. Her extensive early music orchestral experience includes her work as associate concertmaster of Cappella Accademica Wien for nearly 10 years and principal second violin of the Wiesbaden Bach Orchestra, the Carmel Bach Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra. She has collaborated and played recitals with many notable figures in the early music world, including violinist Eduard Melkus, harpsichordist Huguette Dreyfus, and lutenist Robert Barto. For over a decade, she toured internationally with her own ensemble, the Albertina Soloists, giving concerts throughout Europe, North America, Australia, and Japan. She plays an original (unmodified) Baroque violin by Michael Andreas Bartl, Vienna, 1760.


This Telemann anniversary concert continues a tradition for which Victoria Martino is becoming widely known: the celebration of significant anniversaries of major composers through monographic performances of their works for violin.


Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Room

1008 Wall Street

La Jolla, CA 92037


Individual Concert: $30 members / $35 nonmembers


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