The philosophy behind BaroqueAros - baroque music on historic instruments

BaroqueAros consists of musicians, mainly connected in one way or another to the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, - musicians who all have a passion for baroque music and its execution on historical instruments.

But what makes historical performance attractive for musicians, who on an everyday basis can feel a part of a rich and full bodied sound of a symphony Orchestra ? And why even bother to play baroque music on historical instruments?

Apart from the joy of collectively, and over a longer period of time to be able to immerse oneself into the music of ones own choice, there are a number of different elements, which characterize baroque music in particular:

Dance: a major part of the music of the baroque period is build on different forms of dance. The music is felt in the body, set off and held together by movement, take off and landing, heavy and light steps. This is where the direction in the music emerges.

Language: baroque music is tightly connected to the spoken language. The rules of rhetoric had not yet been forgotten. Focus points are diction, articulation, stress and rhythmical displacement and A pulsating change between different lengths of phrases.

The instruments of the baroque are created to enforce just these elements in the music.

The bow, sensitive to the heaviness of the arm, light and heavy bowstrokes. Good for articulation, rhythm hm, text and edge. The vivid gut strings encourage transparent tone, giving way for the polyphonic of the baroque. Here everybody has a say without getting interrupted. Here all can talk at the same time and still be heard.

We don't meet in large volume and brilliance, but instead in confidential conversations. There are only few long and lavish melodies, but instead a great deal of music with edge and rhythm.