7th Portland Conservatory Early Music Festival

Chamber trios of the 18th and 19th centuries

Sunday, 28 October, at 4:00pm, in Memorial Hall of Woodfords Congregational Church

Chamber trios, in the 18th century sometimes called ‘concertos’, were a popular genre, and many of them featured the lute. Antonio Vivaldi produced several such works, including RV85 in g minor on this program.

French composers and guitarists, Pierre Jean Porro and François de Fossa, are little known today, but their chamber compositions include the charming trios on this final program of the 7th Portland Conservatory Early Music Festival.

Born Pierre Jean Porre, he italianized his last name (to Porro) as was the custom among musicians in the late 18th century. A French music publisher and composer, Porro was also music master at the ‘Ecole royale et militaire Deffiat’. His publishing activities included music as well as periodic musical works, such as the popular Journal de guitarre.

In his day, François de Fossa was a prominent figure in the early 19th-century guitar world. In addition to his activities as composer and performer, de Fossa translated into French the great Dionisio Agauado’s Escuela de guitarra (Madrid, 1825), as Méthode complète pour la guitare and published in Paris (ca 1826).


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