UCSC Music Recital Hall
402 McHenry Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
As perfectly crafted tonal illusions, Seventeenth Century viol fantasies are a curious and wild ride. Like an ant running over a patchwork quilt toward unknowable destinations, this ‘quixotic’ form passes deftly through improvisational moods and textures, by turns entertaining, distracting, and compelling. Employing newly developed composition techniques to engage human emotions, fantasies had the power induce panic or inspire haunting trepidation in the listener. Even jolly passages are tinged with bittersweet, like in so much of English music. Like guitars, viols have six strings tuned in perfect fourths and major thirds, but are bowed expressively like violins and cellos. For our program, Wildcat Viols celebrate their their first album with a complete performance of the Fantazias by Henry Purcell, complete viol sonatas of Giovanni Legrenzi, and selections from Matthew Locke’s ‘Magni ck Consort of Four Parts.’Joanna Blendulf, Julie Jeffrey, Annalisa Pappano and Elisabeth Reed Fantasies, Suites & Sonatas for viol quartet by Purcell, Locke & Legrenzi. Gather Ye Rosebuds while Ye May!