Thursday, June 27, 2013
Montreal Baroque Festival
This year the festival also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Société de la Flûte à Bec de Montréal. Each of the groups had an opportunity to play before the main concerts. In addition there was a marathon of the 143 pieces by van Eyck, a Dutch recorder player of the 17th century. He was blind and would play the popular melodies of his day and then improvise variations. These have been written down. I participated in the marathon, playing 2 pieces.
Some evenings go on long after the concert, with young (and sometimes older) musicians sight-reading through music in the festival cafe. There is camaraderie between the professionals and the pre-professionals as well as with festival goers like me. We all feel part of the festival.
Here are some posts from previous festivals
2010 Flûte Alors! Starting the Parade
2011 Festival Montréal Baroque
2012 Natural Trumpets, Horse Ballet