H. I. F. Biber, J. H. Schmelzer, G. B. Viviani, A. Bertali, G. Muffat
Monday 14 July 2003, 7.30 pm
Clam-Gallas Palace, Husova 20, Praha 1
Ars Antiqua Austria (Austria)
Gunar Letzbor – artistic director
The programme composed of the music repertoire of the imperial court orchestra in Vienna in the 17th century featured works by five composers, each of whom was born in a different part of the Habsburg Empire, thus illustrating the ethnic diversity of this former European power. The programme comprised works by the Austrian composer J. H. Schmelzer, the Veronese author A. Bertali, G. B. Viviani from Florence, the native of Bohemia H. I. F. Biber and the Savoyard composer G. Muffat. The performance of the eminent ensemble Ars Antiqua Austria took place in the appropriate space of the Clam-Gallas Palace, the most exquisite palace of Prague Baroque, built by the Viennese architect J. B. F. von Erlach. The virtuosic violin part was performed by the artistic director of the ensemble, Gunar Letzbor.