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Dancing In the Isles
Sunday, April 8th, 2018
Come enjoy Musica Pacifica's most popular program! “Dancing in the Isles” presents a merry journey through the Baroque and traditional folk and dance music of Scotland, Ireland and England. During the 17th and 18th centuries, while the most fashionable continental musicians like Handel were transforming the cultural life of London, centuries-old Irish and Scottish (as well as English) culture was being preserved in rural villages. The rhythmic vigor and melodic liveliness of traditional music appealed to the sophisticated London audiences as an emblem of their native culture; the collision of this rich repertoire with the new Italian and French music made for a fascinating mix of high and low, exotic and local. Composers and audiences began to grow accustomed to a blending of musical styles and idioms from across the British Isles and throughout the European continent.