Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Madame et Monsieur DUSSEK

Contemporary of Mozart, Jan Ladislav Dussek died 200 years ago. He came to London in 1789 and in 1792 performed in a number of concerts and got married. His wife Sophia was a singer, pianist and harpist who became known in her own right. Works by both composers are performed by the expert harpist Masumi Nagasawa.

Masumi Nagasawa is one of the few harpists to perform on the modern Grand Harp, the singleaction harp (18th-19th century historical harp), the Irish harp and the kugo or Japanese ancient harp.

2012 was an anniversary year for the Bohemian composer Jan Ladislav Dussek, after 200 years of his death.

Besides his numerous pianoforte music and chamber music, Dussek has composed for the Single-action harp as well. His wife Sophia Corri was a well known harpist of the time and they have been performing together.

Single-action harp has been a favour of the musical gatherings in the time of Dussek. It's silvery light timbre evokes the atmosphere from the music from the age of Enlightenment to Romanticism.

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