Concerto d’Apollo

Mythological Figures in Italian Violin Sonatas

Thursday 03. 08. 2023 | 19.00 Strahov Monastery
Summer Refectory
Strahovské nádvoří 1/132, Praha 1
With intermission


Arcangelo Corelli (1653–1713)
Sonata in D minor „La Follia“
Giuseppe Tartini (1692–1770)
Sonata in G minor „La Didone Abbandonata“
Johann C. F. Fischer (1656–1746)
Suite in F major „Euterpé“
Johann Pachelbel (1653–1706)
Aria secunda et variationis in E minor
Francesco Geminiani (1687–1762)
Song III: When Phoebus bright
Michele Mascitti (1664–1760)
Sonata in D major „Psiche. Divertissement“
Giovanni Stefano Carbonelli (1694–1773)
Sonata in A minor



Apollo – the god of the sun, art and dance. He is the leader and protector of the Muses, the originator of order and harmony. He is also the patron of the concert, which will be performed under the painted vault of Strahov Monastery’s Summer Refectory. Its programme will take the audience in particular to the Apennine Peninsula in search of instrumental music in which its composers incorporated mythological themes. Through the scores of violin and harpsichord sonatas, the audience will meet, for example, Psyche, Dido, Euterpe, the Muse of Music, and, of course, Apollo himself. Although the evening will be dominated by expressive Italian virtuosity, a refined French grace will not be lacking. The exceptionally demanding parts will be handled with ease by violinist Alessandro Tampieri and the harpsichordist Valeria Montanari. Their sense of 17th and 18th century musical language, improvisational skills and extraordinary musical talent are renowned throughout Europe!


Strahov Monastery

Summer Refectory
Strahovské nádvoří 1/132, Praha 1

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Partners of the concert

The concert is held with the kind support of the Italian Culture Institute in Prague and the Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov.