The Brandenburg Concertos

08/01/17 at 08:00pm

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Concert Overview

Enjoy free admission to this concert at the Redlands Bowl.

Bach's ultimate job application...

In 1721, Bach composed six “concertos for various instruments”. He dedicated them to a German nobleman and sent the manuscript as a gift, hoping to land a job as the court composer in Brandenburg.

...didn’t get him hired...

The nobleman never replied. Bach eventually took another job in Leipzig, where he lived for the rest of his life.

...and was lost for 130 years.

The pieces were never performed. The manuscript was eventually sold for about $20 and shelved in a library.

The Brandenburg Concertos sat there until 1849, when they were discovered and published for the first time.

Bach as a young man

Today, Bach’s rejected concertos are considered among the great masterpieces of classical music, ranking with Beethoven’s symphonies and Mozart’s operas.

On August 1, bring your family (and a picnic) to the Redlands Bowl for the rare opportunity to hear all six of Bach’s iconic masterpieces performed by some of the world’s greatest musicians—the Redlands Symphony, under the leadership of Ransom Wilson.

Admission is free.

Incredible music under the stars with family and friends. What better way to spend a summer evening?

What is a concerto grosso?

The concerto grosso (Italian for “big concert”) is a genre popular with Baroque (17th-early 18th century) composers in which a group of virtuoso soloists interacts with a larger accompanying orchestra.

The concerto grosso eventually evolved in two directions:

  • In some cases, more emphasis was placed on the teamwork among the grouped musicians, and the division between the soloists and accompanying orchestra disappeared. This eventually evolved into the symphony.
  • Other times, composers began focusing more and more on virtuosic displays from smaller groups of soloists... until it was common to feature only one soloist. This became the solo concerto.

Learn more about Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3.

Special Artists

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3 oboes, bassoon, 2 horns, strings, continuo

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recorder (flute), oboe, trumpet, strings, continuo

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harpsichord, strings

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The Brandenburg Concertos give us a glimpse into the evolution of modern orchestral composition.

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2 recorders (flute), strings, continuo

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Orchestration

flute, harpsichord, strings

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harpsichord, strings

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Concert Info

Redlands Symphony 08/01/17 at 08:00pm

Redlands Bowl 25 Grant StRedlands, CA 92373 Get Directions


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