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Yale Baroque Ensemble performs Dec. 4

November 29, 2011

Concert explores extravagant & virtuosic music of the German Baroque

The Yale School of Music will present the Yale Baroque Ensemble on Sunday, December 4, 2011. Directed by faculty member Robert Mealy, the ensemble will perform extravagant and virtuosic music of the German Baroque, including music of Biber, Bach, Telemann, and more. The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College St., New Haven.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble (YBE) is a postgraduate trio sonata ensemble whose members undertake a year of intensive study. This year’s members are Soo-Ryun Baek and Tess Isaac, baroque violin; Colin Meinecke, baroque viola; and Hannah Collins, baroque cello.

Robert Mealy, described by the New Yorker as “a world-class early music violinist,” directs the YBE. The ensemble will be joined in this performance by harpsichordist Avi Stein.

The concert will feature sonatas and overtures by Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann as well as the less-familiar Johann Rosenmüller and Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber. The ensemble will also perform two works by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer: “Die musikalische Fechtschul” (1668) and “Lamento sopra la morte di Ferdinando III” (1657).

In addition to featuring the full ensemble, the concert will also highlight each member in varied solos and duets.

The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. It will also stream live at music.yale.edu/media. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

About the Yale Baroque Ensemble

The Yale Baroque Ensemble, directed by Robert Mealy, is a postgraduate trio sonata ensemble of two violins, cello, and keyboard dedicated to the highest level of study and performance of the Baroque repertoire. String players in the Ensemble go through an intensive one-year program of study, immersing themselves in the chamber and solo repertoire from 1600 to 1785. The program is designed for modern players to develop virtuosity and fluency in various historical styles, and to allow the participants to find their own eloquent voice on baroque instruments. Through coachings and individual lessons, the participants learn to read early notation, develop a familiarity with primary source material and treatises, and become fluent with improvisation in various styles.

One of America’s leading historical string players, Robert Mealy has been praised by the Boston Globe for his “imagination, taste, subtlety, and daring.” He has performed on over fifty recordings on most major labels. In New York he is a frequent leader and soloist with the New York Collegium, ARTEK, Early Music New York, and the Clarion Society. He leads the distinguished Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and has appeared as guest concertmaster and director with the Phoenix Symphony. A devoted chamber musician, he is a member of the medieval ensemble Fortune’s Wheel, the Renaissance violin band The King’s Noyse, and the seventeenth-century ensemble Spiritus Collective. Since 2002 he has performed frequently at Yale as director of the Yale Collegium Musicum players, and he received Early Music America’s Binkley Award for outstanding teaching at Yale and Harvard in 2004. He joined the School of Music faculty in 2008.


  • Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (c.1620–1680): Die musikalische Fechtschul (1668)
  • Johann Rosenmüller (1619–1684): Sonata settima à 4 in D minor from Sonatae (1682)
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644–1704): Sonata no.3 in F major from Sonatae violino solo (1681)
  • Schmelzer: Lamento sopra la morte di Ferdinando III (1657)
  • Biber: Sonata XII from Fiducinium sacro-profanum (1683)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750): Sonata in D major for violin & viola, after BWV 1028
  • Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767): Sonata for Cello in D major, from Der getreue Musikmeister (1728)
  • Bach: Overture No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068