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Airs for the Seasons – CD Release Concert!

May 7, 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 7th, 3:30pm

St. David’s Anglican Church – 49 Donlands Ave, Toronto

James Oswald wrote 96 “Airs for the Seasons,” each named after a flower or plant.

The sonatas of Airs for the Seasons show a composer who delighted in compositional mastery at the miniature level, and each movement is both a technical and aesthetic marvel. Many feature plaintive Scottish melodies or jigs, but one also hears strains of French or Italian music in them. As a precursor to the capital-C Classical period, they represent a clever combination of style-galant chamber music and Scottish air.

Oswald was enough of a London celebrity to be appointed chamber composer to King George III in 1761, by which time he had become a wealthy man on the back of his publishing and composing ventures. His legacy is one of a talented and determined musician who could sate the appetite of a voracious musical public. His music continues to delight centuries later, and a modern listener can appreciate it much the same way Oswald’s contemporaries could. He had a gift for melody and was a classical composer with a distinctly Scottish flair.


Special Guest: Joanna Marsden, traverso

Rezan Onen-Lapointe and Kailey Richards, violins

Erika Nielsen, cello

David Podgorski, harpsichord

Benjamin Stein, lute and theorbo


May 7, 2023
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


St. David’s Anglican Church
49 Donlands Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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