Concertos and Cantatas

Angelica Kauffmann (1741–1807). Ariadne Abandoned by Theseus on Naxos, 1774, oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harris Masterson III/Bridgeman Images

Concert Program I

Concertos and Cantatas

The festival season’s exploration of the music of Joseph Haydn begins on a celebratory note, connecting the father of the Classical style with the Baroque era’s greatest master. Concert Program I culminates in Johann Sebastian Bach’s beloved Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Be Still, Stop Chattering)—popularly known as the Coffee Cantata—a lighthearted rumination on addiction to caffeine, and a forebear to Haydn’s own secular cantatas. The program also features two sterling examples of the eighteenth-century concerto: the Cello Concerto in A Major by Sebastian’s son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Haydn’s luminescent First Violin Concerto.


Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714–1788)
Cello Concerto in A Major, W. 172 (1753)
Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Arianna a Naxos Cantata for Voice, String Quintet, and Harpsichord, Hob. XXVIb:2 (1789–1790) (arr. Jaffe)
Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Violin Concerto no. 1 in C Major, Hob. VIIa:1 (ca. 1761–1765)
Johann Sebastian Bach(1685–1750)
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211, Coffee Cantata (1732–1735)
Saturday 18Jul 2020