The Story of Dutch baroque music is a story of cultural connections, of European history. There was not a shortage of music, including repertoire for recorder, in Holland: Amsterdam was not only a center of composition and instrument making, but also one of the most important centers for music publishing. Many of the most esteemed Italian composers had their work published in Amsterdam, making it available there earlier there than in their own country. Dutch composers as well as musicians of the time were thus ironically more ‘close to the source’ than many of their Italian colleagues. The music that was written by Dutch composers was heavily influenced by the Italian style.
Jean Baptiste Loeillet de Gant and his music are exemplary for the strong international character of composition, instrument making, music printing and publishing, and of course musical performance, in which The Netherlands and Amsterdam in particular, played a central role. Sybrant van Noordt is a perfect example of the Italomania. A happy marriage of structural simplicity and richness of detail only achieved by great craftmanship applies the sonata of Willem de Fesch perfectly. Count Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer is a central figure in this programme in which all three of his Sonatas for recorder and harpsichord are featured. These Sonatas are “almost as good as those of Corelli” – as a French official put it during a journey by Wassenaer to Paris.
Jean Baptiste Loeillet van Gent(1688 - ca 1720) Sonata III in G-groot uit:XII Sonates a und Flute & Basse Continue Op 1, Amsterdam ca 1710
Sybrandus van Noordt(1659-1705) Sonata 1 à Fluto solo è Basso Continuo in F-groot uit:Mêlange Italien, Amsterdam ca. 1701
Willem de Fesch(1687-1761) Sonata III in G-groot uit: XII Sonate Op. 8, Londen 1736
Sybrandus van Noordt(1659-1705) Sonata 4 à Cimbalo Solo in a-klein uit:Mêlange Italien, Amsterdam ca. 1701
Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer(1692-1766) Sonata Prima in F-groot