Cabinet of curiosities
Welcome to the cabinet of curiosities!
Can music imitate the sounds we know from everyday life? How to play birds chirping on instruments, scary thunderstorms or vendors calling at the market? Is it possible to tell a whole story, including unhappy love or… kidney stones surgery? During the Forum Musicum, we will see that all this and much more is possible!
This year we invite you to a Forum Musicum devoted to programme music. During the concerts, we will hear a whole galaxy of real and fantastic creatures portrayed by sound. At the beginning, they will be mythological figures – nymphs, Greek gods and heroes, whose perversions, mainly emotional, have been described in the symphonies of Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf according to Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
In the following days, with the sounds of mainly French and Italian music (composers such as Marin Marais, Jean-Philippe Rameau, François Couperin, Giovanni Battista Fontana) we will return to the real world, where sometimes the charms of rural life or the pleasure of hunting await us, and then sudden changes in the weather, fires, as well as various animals: friendly quadrupeds, ethereal butterflies, and noisy cuckoos. All the instruments that will play these roles have been tamed and obediently surrender to the virtuoso artists playing them. We invite you for five concerts of the festival cabinet of curiosities and for crazy fun during the Renaissance dance party with live music.