Bennington Baroque News Fall 2017

Hello early music friends!

Bennington Baroque News

1 August 2017


First the BIG NEWS: Bennington Baroque now has 501(c)3 nonprofit status, which means your donations are fully tax-deductible. We could use help in any amount in support of our fall concerts and two new ventures.  (Checks may be sent to Bennington Baroque, c/o Sandra Mangsen, PO Box 491, North Bennington, VT 05257.)  For the first time, we are sponsoring an ensemble that presents music we cannot manage ourselves (see Seven Times Salt, below). Plus, we have begun educational outreach efforts. In June Ed Green, Marc Simpson, and I visited Woodford Hollow Elementary School to play with and for Susan Matsui’s students. We all enjoyed ourselves, and at the end of our presentation, several students were happy to try one of Marc’s wooden transverse flutes. We made good use of RD, Sandra’s electronic harpsichord, for convenience!


Susan Matsui, Sandra Mangsen, Ed Green, and Marc Simpson

 at Woodford Hollow Elementary School.


Upcoming Concerts

We have planned three great concerts for this fall: September 24, October 8, and November 18. Program details and notes will be posted on the website in advance of each concert.

All three are in the inviting and acoustically divine space of the Carriage Barn at the Park-McCullough House in North Bennington There will be a cash bar, available before the concert and at the intermission.

Sunday, 24 Sep 2017, 3 PM.  Bach: Tempered and Transcribed


Harpsichordist Sandra Mangsen plays eight Preludes and Fugues from Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier (Book I, 1722) and a modern transcription of his D Minor Violin Partita (1720).  Harpsichord by David Jensen, tuned in an unequal circular temperament at A=415 Hz. Sandra is not skipping the nasty keys: C, C Sharp, D, E Flat (including the prelude in E-flat Minor with its fugue in D-sharp Minor). These sound delightful in Kirnberger’s unequal tuning, which some argue was Bach’s favorite.







Sunday, 8 Oct 2017, 3 PM: Der getreue Music-Meister:Telemann after 250 years


We devote one half of this concert to works by Telemann, in celebration of the 250th anniversary of his death.  He is no second-string composer and is preferred by many to the more old-fashioned J. S. Bach.  He engraved and published much of his own music and began the first music periodical, Der getreue Music-Meister (1728–29), which included pieces suitable for domestic music making on a variety of instruments. The program will include solos and trios for viola da gamba, flute, or both with harpsichord continuo. Sources include solos from the Sonate metodiche (1728), the Essercizii musici (1727/28), and an unpublished trio.   


                    Mathieu Langlois   baroque flute

             André Laurent O’Neil   viola da gamba

                     Sandra Mangsen   harpsichord

 And then we will play some of our favorite music from France, including the second of François Couperin’s Concerts Royaux (1722), excerpts from his 18Ordre for harpsichord (“Soeur Monique” and “Le tic-toc-choc,” 1722), and a flute sonata by Jean Leclair (well, a violin sonata Leclair says one might also play on the flute).




Saturday, 18 Nov 2017: 7:30 PM: We sponsor Seven Times Salt


This Boston-based group specializes in consort music of the 16th and 17th centuries, and delights “in blurring the lines between ‘art music’ and folk tunes.” 

Karen Burciaga   baroque violin, voice
Dan Meyers   recorders, flute, percussion, voice
Josh Schreiber Shalem   bass viol, voice
Matthew Wright   lute, voice

with special guest
Michael Barrett   tenor 

From their website,, here is a description of this delightful program:

 “The tumultuous years of the English Civil War and Interregnum (1640-1660) produced music that resonated deeply for both commoners and nobility throughout the British Isles. The royalist Cavaliers and Cromwell’s “roundheads” both had active propaganda machines, and each side produced ballads and songs that satirized the opposition and promoted their own views, or glorified martial heroes such as the dashing Prince Rupert of the Rhine. The court of Charles I also contained many notable musicians, including the viol player and composer William Lawes; he gave his life for the Royalist cause, but not before composing some of the most sublime and bizarre consort music of the 17th century. This program features music from Lawes, Locke, Alfonso Ferrabosco the Younger, The Division Violin, and original Seven Times Salt settings of Civil War ballads and songs.”

    Bennington Baroque Board

Sandra Mangsen, Ed Green, Marc Simpson



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