Musical Parnassus

Musical Inspirations in Virtuoso Suites à la française

Thursday 27. 07. 2023 | 19.00 Strahov Monastery
Summer Refectory
Strahovské nádvoří 1/132, Praha 1
With intermission


J. C. F. Fischer (1656–1746)
Suite in A minor “Melpomene”
Suite in D minor “Urania”
Marin Marais (1656–1728)
Le Badinage
Le Labyrinthe
Les Folies d’Espagne
Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687–1750)
Capriccio in D major
Menuet I, Menuet II
Conrad Höffler (1647–1696)
Suite No. 5 in D minor
Johann Schenk (1660 – ca 1712)
Sonate in A minor, op. 9, No. 2



Harpsichordist Christine Schornsheim, gambist Hille Perl and theorbist Michael Freimuth – a trio of renowned German artists – will take their interpretive mastery to the mythical seat of the gods – Parnassus. This was the home of the nine daughters of Zeus – the beautiful Muses, who inspired artists with ideas and creative energy. They will surely be holding a protective hand over the concert in the inspiring surroundings of Strahov Monastery’s Summer Refectory!
The dramaturgy of the evening will present, inter alia, the Muse Melpomene (“The Singing”), who is the protector of all kinds of song, or the Muse Urania (“Heavenly”), who is the Muse of Astronomy and Arithmetic. Perhaps Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer also wanted to curry favour with them: the suites dedicated to the Muses come from his cycle Musikalischer Parnassus, which reflects French influence adopted into the tradition of German keyboard literature. The musical experience will be enhanced by virtuoso compositions for viola da gamba and theorbo, which will bring out the richness of the timbres of both instruments to the delight of every listener.


Strahov Monastery

Summer Refectory
Strahovské nádvoří 1/132, Praha 1

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Partners of the concert

The concert is held with the financial support of the Deutsch-Tschechischer Zukunftsfonds and with the kind support of the Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov.