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The Mystery of Mrs Philarmonica
In 1715, a set of 12 trio sonatas were published under the mysterious penname of ‘Mrs Philarmonica’. Although the identity of Mrs Philarmonica remains unknown, the sonatas were printed by the publisher and instrument maker Richard Meares. Following a Corellian style, Mrs Philarmonica’s trio sonatas are full of heartbreaking suspensions, elegant minuets, exuberant gigues and gavottes, and have many beautiful preludes and airs.
We will programme these sonatas alongside music by Geminiani, Corelli, Handel and Purcell – favourites of the London audiences at the time Mrs. Philarmonica’s music was printed.
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