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Giovanni Valentini's 'Enharmonic' sonata

The stage of the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, SC.Avital Rabinowitz / APM

January 18, 2022

A-sharp and B-flat are different spellings of the same note; they're called enharmonics. But Baroque composer Giovanni Valentini viewed those notes as completely different pitches, with different functions in music. On today's show, hear an explanation of Valentini's concept, in words and music, from a concert in Charleston, South Carolina.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Camilla de Rossi: Sinfonia from "Il Sacrifizio di Abramo": Mvts 1 & 4
JoAnn Falletta, lute | Bay Area Women's Philharmonic | JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Album: Baroquen Treasures
Newport 60102

Henry Purcell: Chaconne from King Arthur
Karen Dekker and Chloe Fedor, violins | Maureen Murchie, viola | Arnie Tanimoto, cello | Thomas Crawford, harpsichord
American Classical Orchestra, Filmed at the Harlem Parish, NY, NY

Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114
Bethel Balge, piano | Gabriel Campos Zamora, clarinet | Silver Ainomae, cello
ProMusica Minnesota, Bemidji, MN

Florent Schmitt: La Tragedie de Salome I
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra | JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo NY

Hour 2

Christos Hatzis: String Quartet No 1 Movement 4
St. Lawrence String Quartet
Album: Awakening
EMI Classics 5 58038 2

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes
Arturo Delmoni and Michael Roth, violins | Katarzyna Bryla-Weiss, viola | Peter Sanders, cello
Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, VT

Joseph Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante in B flat, Hob. I:105
Orchestra Mozart, Bologna | Bernard Haitink, conductor
LAC, Lugano, Switzerland

Giovanni Valentini: Sonata in G Minor, "Enharmonic"
JACK Quartet | St. Lawrence String Quartet | Doug Balliett, double bass
Spoleto Festival USA, Dock Street Theater, Charleston, SC