Our aim is to create the music in the sonic energy and environment that the composers were when they first wrote that music.
Recorded on November 14, 2009.
Led by Jerry Fuller, Chicago’s Ars Antigua is dedicated to presenting music of the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical eras. The ensemble performs a selection of musical jokes on period instruments. A musical joke, however, is a subtle and slippery thing. To give the gags some traction, harpsichordist Charles Metz discusses what can make a piece of music funny. The program includes Jean-Philippe Rameau's Le Poule, Leopold Mozart’s The Frog Party, and Georg Philipp Telemann’s Masquerade, along with works by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber and Marco Uccellini.