~  September 8 - 18, 2016 
~ three concerts on period instruments ~
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Black Hawk Chamber Music Festival

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Renaissance Dulcian Player
Casual Classics Concerts
at St. Ambrose University presents
Music in the time of Shakespeare

Galesburg, Iowa City, Dubuque 

Davenport (sponsored by St. Ambrose University)

Dulcian (renaissance bassoon)  •  Anna Marsh
Renaissance Lute & Theorbo  •  Oleg Timofeyev
Renaissance Flute  •  Jeffrey Cohan

Chamber Music in 1620:

Exquisite late 16th and early 17th-century
chamber music, revived on these instruments after 3 centuries. The elusive dulcian and the rarely heard renaissance transverse flute offer many qualities foreign to modern instruments that were essential to the Elizabethan musician. Their sweetness, warmth, and pinpoint flexibility empower them to convey a powerful emotional impact on a more intimate scale.
Works by Tarquino Merula, Girolamo Frescobaldi, the dulcian virtuoso Bartolomeo de Selma y Salaverde, Andrea Cima, Dario Castello and Giulio Caccini all exhibit the rampant mannerism and virtuosity which spanned the turn of the 17th century.

Theorbo & Winds of the Baroque

Galesburg, Iowa City &

Baroque Bassoon  •  Anna Marsh
Theorbo (a long-necked lute)  •  Oleg Timofeyev
Baroque Flute  •  Jeffrey Cohan

  Chamber Music in 1720:
Virtuoso chamber music for bassoon, flute and theorbo from the courts of
Louis XIV, Louis XV and Frederick the Great
and by Johann Sebastian Bach

Guitarist Jules Regondi
Romantic Flute & Russian Guitar

Galesburg, Iowa City, Dubuque & Davenport

Guitar (made in 1815)  •  Oleg Timofeyev
8-keyed Flute (made in 1820 in London)  •  Jeffrey Cohan

Chamber music in 1820:
Experience the emerging romanticism of the early 19th century
and the subsequent blossoming of guitar-flute repertoire by virtuosos on their evolving instruments. This golden age for the flute-guitar duo was ushered into being in the early 1800's as the industrial revolution and a musically hungry new middle class brought forth expressive trends less affected by stylistic constraints of the past and significant changes in the tonal capabilities of musical instruments, prompting a new type of virtuoso interaction between flutists and guitarists.

The program will include a new transcription by Jeffrey Cohan of a Sonata by Kamiensky, a Divertissement by flutist Gaspard Kummer (1795-1870) based on catchy themes from Rossini's opera "William Tell", a Serenade by guitarist Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829), and virtuoso solos for flute and guitar.
(Pictured above is guitar prodigy Giulio Regondi, ca. 1832.)

Antique early 19th-century instruments! Alongside Oleg Timofeyev's guitar from the early 19th century, Jeffrey Cohan will play an 8-keyed flute made in London in 1820 of cocuswood or Jamaican ebony with silver ornamental rings and keys, made in London in 1820 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.

to Jeffrey Cohan and Oleg Timofeyev
performing Giuliani's Serenade, Opus 127:

...and Cohan and Timofeyev in Drouet's
pyrotechnical variations on God Save the King:

lady playing clavichord
~ updated on August 1, 2016 ~