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Johann Froberger

Sunday 21 January 2007 13:00-14:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Monday 19 February 2007 0:00-1:00 (Radio 3)

Lucie Skeaping talks to harpsichordist Robert Woolley and music editor Dr Richard Jones about Johann Froberger, whose influence is of great importance in the development of baroque keyboard music. His toccatas provided the model for Buxtehude and Bach. They also discuss a recently discovered manuscript, dating from Froberger's final years, that was sold in November at Sotheby's.


1 hour


All music by composed by Johann Jacob Froberger

Toccata no 3 (from 1649 livre)
Robert Woolley (BBC session)

Capriccio VII G major
Richard Egarr (organ)
Globe GL6024
CD1 track 1
[Organ - St Martin's Church, Cujik, Netherlands] 

Plainte faite a Londres
1st mvt from Suite no 30 in a minor
Richard Egarr (harpsichord)
Globe GL6024
CD2 track 6
[Harpsichord after Giusti 1681,  by Titus Crijnen 1992] 

Tombeau sur la mort de Monsieur Blancrocher
Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord)
Sony Classical SK62732
Track 8
[Harpsichord  after Johanne Ruckers 1624,  by Geert Karman 1994]

Suite XX
Robert Woolley (BBC session)

3 mvts from Partita
Courant / Saraband / Gigue
Siegbert Rampe (clavichord)
MDG 341 1186-2
Tracks 27-29
[Clavichord by Jorg Gobeli after anonymous instrument]

Gustav Leonhardt (organ)
Sony Classical SK 57963
Track 10
[Organ The Peter Goltfuss in Sint-Jan-de-Doper,  Begijnhofkerk,  Leuven,  Belgium]

Lament of Ferdinand III
Robert Woolley (BBC session)

The harpsichord played by Robert Woolley is by Malcolm Rose and is a copy of a Parisian two manual harpsichord of 1667, the year of Froberger's death. It is the type of harpsichord Froberger would have played Paris, and which Sybilla may have owned at d'Hericourt. It is strung in brass and tuned to 17th century French pitch (a=392hz).

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