Faculty to play Baroque music


Susquehanna will host a faculty recital featuring Baroque music from Associate Professors of Music Jennifer Wiley and Marcos Krieger. The concert will take place on Sept. 27 at 2:30 p.m. in the Stretansky Concert Hall in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.

To prepare for the recital, Wiley and Krieger rehearsed over the summer together and on their own. Wiley will be performing on the violin, and Krieger will be performing on the harpsichord.

The recital will differ from previous performances, not only in style, but also in technique. “It’s an all-Baroque program. I’ll be using a copy of a Baroque bow, which I rarely use in solo recitals,” Wiley said.

Wiley and Krieger will play two sonatas — one French, one Italian — together, then one solo piece each. The works featured are “Sonata in A Major” by French composer Joseph-Barnabé de Saint-Sévin, “Chaconne for Harpsichord” by French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau, “Chaconne in D Minor for Violin” by German composer Johann Sebastian Bach and “Sonata in D” by Italian composer Arcangelo Corelli.

This is the first time Wiley and Krieger have collaborated on a recital. Wiley said, “I thought it would be fun to work with Dr. Krieger, so I asked him if he’d like to collaborate, and he agreed.”

At the time, the two do not have any plans for future concerts, but may “think of something,” according to Wiley.

Though the Baroque period includes many famous composers, audience members may have a chance to hear works that are not often played. “This is a rare chance for our audience to hear these pieces live,” said Krieger. “I have not heard any of them performed at [Susquehanna] in the last nine years.”

The pieces will also showcase the diversity in manner of Baroque music — not just the dramatic Italian or subtle

French styles, but a complement of the varying techniques.

“I think they’ll be intrigued by the different Baroque styles,” Wiley said. “The solo piece I’m playing can also be quite moving.”

Baroque musical style incorporates the “aesthetic changes and compositional strategies developed from the end of the 16th century until the middle of the 18th century,” according to the program notes. While the previous Renaissance period featured primarily Italian works, Baroque works feature both Italian and French elements.

The works performed will incorporate both Italian and French Baroque styles. Italian Baroque is typically more dramatic and expressive, while French Baroque is typically more concealed and subtle.