I described the Vermeer exhibit in a prior post. The National Gallery has now added some interesting events related to this exhibit which ties in the music from the period of his art. From the National Gallery “Performed for private pleasure and social entertainment in 17th-century Dutch households, the consort music featured in this Sunday concert complements the exhibition Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure.
Featuring performances from the Academy of Ancient Music under the direction of Richard Egarr, and discussion with Betsy Wieseman, curator of Dutch and Flemish Paintings at the National Gallery, the relationship between the art of the ears and the eyes – so central to Vermeer’s work – will be brought vividly to life.
Music Programme includes:
- Matthew Locke: Suite from ‘The Tempest’
- Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Toccata in A minor
- Thomas Simpson: Tafel Consort
- David Petersen: Sonata No 5 in G minor from ‘Speelstukken’ – Amsterdam, 1683
- Dario Castello: Sonata decimasesta from ‘Libro Secondo’
- Henry Purcell: Fantasia No 8; Suite in G major and Ground in D minor; Chaconne from ‘The Fairy Queen’
There will be a second Sunday lunchtime Vermeer concert on 1 September, featuring a different music programme.