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Kleptomania: Borrowed Baroque

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St John's Smith SquareSmith Square, London, London, Greater London, SW1P 3HA, United Kingdom
On Tuesday 1 May 2018 at 19:30
Handel, George Frideric (1685-1759)Rinaldo, HWV 7: suite (arr brass septet)
Rameau, Jean-Philippe (1683-1764)Dardanus: suite (arr brass septet)
Stravinsky, Igor (1882-1971)Pulcinella Suite (arr brass septet)
Septura Brass Septet

We are Septura, and we are musical kleptomaniacs.

The brass septet is a brand new invention, and therein lies the root of our compulsion to steal: we have no canon of repertoire, no grand history of great compositions. And so we're inventing one. Like musical Robin Hoods we thieve from the richest ensembles to create a counterfactual history — a parallel universe in which, in the world of chamber music, the brass septet rules.

Our 4-concert debut London series presents our prize pickings: plunder from pianists, string ensembles, chamber orchestras and singers.

The 18th-century orchestra of Handel’s Rinaldo and Rameau’s Dardanus is brought to life in borrowings for brass. Septura’s Pergolesi, by contrast, is third-hand: Stravinsky got there first, and his neoclassical Pulcinella is re-imagined for brass.

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