Andreas Staier, Harpsichord

Tuesday, November 12, 2002, 8:00 p.m.
Duncan Recital Hall, Shepherd School of Music

Early Conversation Lecture Series, 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Matthew Dirst, University of Houston
Scarlatti, Soler and the Spanish Style

Experience the seductive rhythms of Spanish dance as interpreted by the composers of the 18th century. This German harpsichordist, noted for his stunning virtuosity, will perform works by Soler, D. Scarlatti, Gallés and Lopez.

Houston Early Music will present renowned German harpsichordist, Andreas Staier, in a concert of music based on the rhythms of Spanish dance music of the 17th and 18th centuries. The concert will be in the Duncan Recital Hall at the Shepherd School of Music on Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at 8:00 p.m.

Staier, born in 1955, studied modern piano and harpsichord in Hannover and Amsterdam with Gustav Leonhardt, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Ton Koopman. As the harpsichordist of the Ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln from 1983 to 1986, he took part in international concert tours all over the world. At the same time he continued his intense studies in the interpretation of classical and post-classical music on the fortepiano. He has since gained an outstanding reputation as a harpsichordist and fortepiano soloist, as well as chamber music partner. Today his repertoire includes the music of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

From 1987 to 1996 Staier taught harpsichord at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel, Switzerland). He is known worldwide as one of the very few great specialists for the harpsichord as well as the fortepiano.

For many of his recordings (for both BMG and Teldec) Andreas Staier has been awarded international disc prizes. His recording, Variaciones del Fandango Espańol, was awarded the"Cannes Classical Award of the Year" in 2000.

Staier will play the Shepherd School of Music’s French double harpsichord, built by Marc Ducornet of Paris.

Prior to the concert, at 7:00 at the Shepherd School, Dr. Matthew Dirst, University of Houston, will lecture on Scarlatti, Soler and the Spanish Style.

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors and students, and may be purchased at the door or by calling 713.432.1744. There will be no charge for children 12 years and under.



Andreas Staier, Harpsichord



Variaciones del Fandango Espan ol Felix Maximo Lopez (1742-1821)

Recercata Sebasti á n de Albero (1722-1756)


Sonata in D

Sonata 9 in C minor Josep Gallé s (1758-1836)


Sonata 17 in C minor



Sonata 16 in F minor


Sonata K 490 in D major Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)


Sonata K 491 in D major


Sonata K 492 in D major




Sontata K 394 in E minor Domenico Scarlatti


Sonata K 215 in E major


Sonata K 218 in E major


Adagio in G minor José Ferrer (ca. 1745-1783)

Sonata Andantino in G minor

Fandango Antonio Soler (1729-1783)


This concert is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Houston and Harris County through the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County
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