Rare Music, Friday, 20 November, 4pm, Perkins Library, Biddle Rare Book Room. Parking at the Bryan Center Garage
Jonathan Bagg will discuss the ways in which the viola's unique voice evolved over several generations, coming into its own finally in the 20th century as a result of several factors: composers realizing its potential as a solo instrument, virtuosi taking up its cause, and perhaps most importantly, its special role in chamber repertoire written by the great composers, allowing audiences to develop a taste for its particular charms and the instrument to come into its own. Jonathan Bagg is Professor of the Practice of Music and violist of the Ciompi String Quartet, and he is Artistic Director of the Monadnock Music festival in New Hampshire. The Rare Music series is sponsored by DUMIC (Duke University Musical Instrument Collections) and Duke University Libraries.
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