Jennifer Harris – Sprightly Companions

Jennifer Harris – Sprightly Companions

Bassoon

Sprightly Companions: Inextricably linked to language, music of the early eighteenth century speaks with a Force of Eloquence which may surprise the twenty-first century listener with its relevance and expression. It argues, declaims, laments, provokes, charms and frolics, raising a voice beyond its time. The Sprightly Companions are driven by the desire to take part in the Great Conversation which deals with the perennial issues of men and women through the ages and across the world as expressed through art, music, literature or dance, uniting us. Our language is music, and our tools are historical wind instruments. Founded in the USA in 2009, “The Sprightly Companions” are now based in Germany. They take their name from the earliest publications written about the oboe (hautboy) 1695 “The Sprightly Companion”, wherein it states:
… the Hautboy is so a fine and useful an instrument, and so portable a Companion…
Jennifer Harris studied historical bassoon (from dulcian to romantic) with Christian Beuse (Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin) at the Hochschule für Musik, Trossingen and at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Künste, Frankfurt.

Jennifer Harris is a member of the Lautten Compagney Berlin and tours regularly with them through Europe. She is also a member of Hannoversche Hofkapelle (artistic director Anne Röhrig), and has regular appearances with Musica Alta Ripa, Ensemble Schirokko, and the Clemencic Consort, among others.

Her first solo CD came on the market in 2014 titled “The Bassoon Abroad” (Carus), the second, “The Bassoon in Love” in 2017 (ambitus), and the third “Abscheuliche Tiefe” in 2019 (ambitus).

She was University Professor of historical bassoon and reed-making at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna from 2009-2022. She has a particular interest in making and researching historical reeds, and to this effect she has given several reed-making courses, together with Stefan Pantzier.

Recital Chamber – Sprightly Companions

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Sonata VII from Ten Sonatas in Four Parts, Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Vivace – Largo – Grave – Canzona –Allegro – Adagio Trio Sonata in c minor, Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel (1690-1749) [Andante] – Allegro – Adagio – Allegro Triosonata in F-Dur Op. 1 Nr. 1, Antonio Caldara (1670-1736) Grave – Allegro – Adagio – Allegro Trio […]

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