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Sixteen Eighty Five ~ music from the baroque ... and before

The Music

The main portion of our repertoire is based in the baroque. Sonatas, mainly trio sonatas (accompanied duets) form the mainstay, with solo and ensemble woodwind music making up much of the rest. When baroque composers finished and published a piece of music they didn't feel that that was it! The performers were expected to bring a great deal of original interpretation to the pieces, in terms of dynamic changes, phrasing and especially decoration. We would go so far as to say that a perfomer playing everything written down, exactly as it appears on the page, is playing the music wrongly.

We also include typical renaissance pieces such as variations on simple themes (Divisions on a Ground Bass) and complex interwoven fantasias. Medieval music also gets a look in too.