In the early 18th century, one of the richest men in Italy was Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni. He loved music, and was an important patron of the arts, and Sunday Baroque will share music by some of the composers whose careers benefited from his support.
“Capriccio” is a musical term for a lighthearted and whimsical instrumental composition with an improvisatory style and a free form. Capriccios are spontaneous and capricious – not constrained by strict rules or musical forms! This weekend on Sunday Baroque, a Capriccio composed by a baroque musician for his royal employer’s hunting outings.
Long before the Beatles motivated countless young people to pick up the guitar, Andres Segovia was inspiring people to take up the instrument with his virtuosic ability and fearless approach to playing transcriptions of music originally for other instruments. This week Sunday Baroque celebrates International Guitar Month with performances by Segovia and other top guitarists.