East Cork Early Music 2021: A Venetian Virtuoso
Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music
In association with Cork Orchestral Society
Friday 8th October, 7:30pm
Tickets: €15 / €12
Tickets are very limited and must be booked in advance due to COVID-19 restrictions. Follow the link below to book.
The Cork Baroque Players featuring Leonie Curtin & Caitríona O’Mahony bring to life a touring virtuoso of the 18th century, with a sparkling early-classical programme by Venetian violinist Maddalena Lombardini.
Born in Venice, Maddalena Lombardini was a product of the ospedalì, girls’ orphanages which specialised in teaching music (famously the Ospedale della Pietá where Antonio Vivaldi taught). Showing considerable talent at a young age, she was granted permission to study with the famous violinist Giuseppe Tartini, and travelled to take lessons with him in Padua. In a period in which female opera singers were common, professional female violinists were rare - most of Lombardini’s contemporaries either left the ospedale to marry, or stayed in it to pursue music. Lombardini chose both - when she came of age at 21, she received her maestro licence, and married fellow violinist Ludovico Sirmen, the couple setting off to tour Europe as a pair of virtuosi, often playing double concertos. Lombardini published two sets of solo violin concertos which survive and gained significant popularity - enough that they were adapted into a set of harpsichord concerti by composer Tommaso Giordani (who was later Music Director of Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin) shortly after their publication. Her duets are similarly charming works in the classical style, with much swapping of melodic material between the 2 violins.