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Alphabet Baroque: Coffee and Doughnuts!

Alphabet Baroque Club serves up a delicious concert featuring both real and musical coffee and doughnuts! Take a break with us, grab a cup of coffee or tea and a doughnut (included with admission), and enjoy a lovely and somewhat whimsical program featuring coffee related pieces, and even one or two tangentially related to doughnuts! We will be serving up a brew of music from South America, France, England, Germany, and Italy, with notes of bittersweetness, spice, and, of course, chocolatl! It goes without saying that a program about coffee will reference Bach’s Coffee Cantata, but did you know that Nicolas Bernier wrote Le Caffé, a charming and witty French secular cantata? Arias without words from both cantatas will be featured in our program, along with Marais’s Le Saillie du Café. Finding references to doughnuts proved much more challenging. Aside from a historical note that Bach ate crullers on the 3rd of May, 1716, we were reduced to looking for puns. And after that, we just looked for anything. And that is how we found some absolutely gorgeous music to share with you, starting with Fontana’s Sonata Ottavo (that “O” looks suspiciously like a fried dough treat), continuing with Buxtehude’s settings of the chorale tune “Mit Fried und Freud” (read the title like an ignorant American) and Klagelied, and then an ABC arrangement of Venite Filii by Ignaz Donati (closest we got to doughnut). We fill in the holes with a suite of pieces from South America, where, of course, excellent coffee is grown. The Alphabet Baroque Club is known for its beautiful and seriously enjoyable programs, and this one will be no different

Thursday, June 7, 2018, 11:00 AM
BERKELEY PIANO CLUB
2724 Haste St., Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15


Coffee and Doughnuts!

(order subject to change!)

Maria Caswell, baroque violin and viola; Judiyaba, treble viol and pardessus;
Gwyneth Davis, bass and tenor viol; Phebe Craig, harpsichord

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South American dance suite.……………………………………………………arr. Tom Zajac

Bayle del Chimo
Folias Gallegas
Lanchas para baylar
Bayle de danzantes con pifano y tamboril

Venite Filii…………………………………………………………………………….Ignazio Donati (1570-1638), arr. Caswell

Sonata Ottava………………………………………………………………………..G.B. Fontana (1571-1630)

Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin…………………………………………..Dietrich Buxtehude (c.1637-1707)

Contrapunctus I
Evolutio
Contrapunctus II
Evolutio
Klaglied

Caffe du jus de la bouteille……………………………………………………..Nicolas Bernier ( 1664-1734)

Le Saillie du Café………………………………………………………………….Marin Marais (1656-1728)

An Italian Ground…………………………………………………………………..The Division Violin  1685

French Ground

“Ei! Wie schmeckt der Caffee”……………………………………………………….J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Das Katze laesst das Mausen nicht


About the ABC’s

Coffee, the Polite Addiction

Fortunately coffee is legal. And it is socially acceptable. If it were otherwise our Phebe might have to be a recluse. Her day does not begin until her internal caffeine meter registers “safe for consciousness”. She then might contemplate the ethical questions involved in choosing soy milk or cow’s milk for her lattes, but however it is resolved, once sufficiently wired she can roll up and down Interstate 80 to teach at UC Davis and perform in Berkeley, San Francisco, and even Sebastopol, sleeping occasionally at points in between.

Gwyneth also has a serious dependency on the morning jolt and has been researching for years in search of the perfect medium bodied Vienna Roast. It must be full flavored without any of the burned quality of a French Roast. She uses this fuel to propel her to Napa where she plays with the Eloquence Quartet and down 101 to SF to perform with the Lamplighters. While at home in Sebastopol she can, only after breakfast, also enjoy a nice cuppa tea.

And tea is the power behind Maria’s productive days. It takes her to Berkeley and points beyond as a member of PBO. When closer to her home in Sebastopol she plays with LOBO, teaches the next generation of violinists, and does crafty arrangements for Alphabet Baroque Club.

Yaba also chooses tea as a way to ease into consciousness in the morning, and then again to prepare for private teaching, and then again after teaching. Sometimes she fits in playing with the SF Opera Orchestra….if there is enough tea.

Tea is the sustaining force behind Alphabet Baroque rehearsals. Tea, talk and tasty meals are what hold this group together.

Doughnuts?

While not registering as addictive to us, all ABC players enjoy various forms of sweet dough creations on occasion….like today!


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