Hommage a H. I. F. Biber
Tercentenary of the death of the great violinist and composer
Monday 12 July 2004, 7.30 pm
Břevnov Monastery, Teresian Hall, Markétská 1, Praha 6
Andrew Manze – baroque violin (Great Britain)
Richard Egarr – harpsichord (Great Britain)
2004 saw the celebrations of the tercentenary of the death of Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644–1704), born in Stráž pod Ralskem. Biber was one of the most notable violinists of the 17th century and a significant composer – especially the author of technically demanding and inventive violin sonatas which till today form the core part of some of the best violin soloists. Biber was in the service of the Kroměříž bishop and the Salzburg archbishop and thanks to his violin mastery he was ennobled by Emperor Leopold I who awarded him the “von” mark of nobility.