Running time:
75 minutes, no break


Alessandro Scarlatti
Concerto Grosso in F Major
Arias from Stabat Mater

Domenico Scarlatti
Harpsichord sonata in E Major, К. 216

Avison – Scarlatti
6th Concerto Grosso in D Major

The programme is subject to change
20 March 2022 Sunday 15.00 Chamber hall
15.00 Chamber hall

Scarlatti Dynasty

Rosarium Ensemble
Artistic Director – Marina Katarzhnova, violin
Boris Davidyuk, harpsichord
Lyudmila Fraenova, soprano

The cycle of concerts with explanatory narrative under common “…Dynasty” title features four noble music families, those of Bachs, Couperins, Scarlatties, and Mozarts.

Students of faculty of Historical and modern preforming art of Moscow Conservatory, their tutors and friends are the musicians. Anna Andrushkevich, music scholar and a producer at Zaryadye Hall, is the narrator.

All in all, this cycle is a kind of addition to or continuation of the “History of Music Styles”. And it’s not by chance that it is scheduled between lectures about baroque and classicism, for there are some excellent samples of baroque style in music of “elder Bachs”, Couperins, Scarlatti père, while the name Mozart became a synonym of classic style.

How music language was changing from one generation to another, do the sons resemble their fathers, and what relations did they have, -- these are the questions to be talked about during the new cycle. A short story of each family starts the concert, then pieces by musician relatives will be played for us to compare.

Dynasties of Bachs, Couperins, and Scarlatties are basically contemporaries, they raise to prominence during second half of 17th century. Scarlatti dynasty is but only 2 generations, though, scandals and controversies of their behaviour are added to their musical talent. Couperins dynastie embraces more than 2 centuries, with the dynasty representatives working in Paris and Versailles, as harpsichord players, composers, tutors, organists, singers, and sheet music copyists. According to sir John Eliot Gardiner, they were a kind of “major music corporation” that provided music for the Royal Court, as well as for the whole city.

Bachs musical dynasty existed for about 2 centuries, too, though only Johann Sebastian and his sons showed striking talents that withered then. Still, it’s the Bachs’ music that shows us the dramatic change of tastes in mid 18th century: lush suites and complicated fugas were substituted by sonatas and early symphonies. So, Mozarts – both Leopold and Wolfgang Amadeus, and the latter’s son Franz Xavier – are representatives of the new epoche.

More lectures of the cycle:
6 March 15.00 >>
Bach Dynasty
Rosarium Ensemble
Art director Marina Katarzhnova, violin
Uliana Zhivitskaya, violin | Boris Davidyuk, harpsichord 

12 March 12.00 >>
Couperens Dynasty
Ivan Bushuev, flute | Maria Koryakina, flute
Felix Antipov, cello | Elizaveta Miller, harpsichord 

26 March 15.00 >>
Mozarts Dynasty
Marina Katarzhnova, violin | Sergey Poltavsky, viola
Olga Martynova, harpsichord