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Composer: Abel, Carl Friedrich (1723-1787)

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Year of birth1723
Year of death1787
NationalityGermany
PeriodBaroque
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An enterprising evening with the OAE

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  ©  Eric Richmond
Those happy to brand the British Isles as the "land without music" for the time between Purcell and Britten might have cause to rethink if they audited the vintage of London of the late 1760s. Johann Christian Bach, the youngest of Johann Sebastian's sons, moved to England in 1765, helped along by the expatriated Carl Friedrich Abel, with whom he shared a house on Meard Street in Soho.
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Musicians Shed New Light on Old Masters

A Pardessus or Quinton, courtesy of Susanne Heinrich
Compared to the venue for this concert, the eighteenth century Baroque music in the programme is relatively modern. Beverley Minster was built between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries. Sitting in the ancient Quire where generations of musicians have sat before, listening to the Historically Informed Performance, the audience was transported into the world of the past.
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