'Amateurs and Professionals'

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'Amateurs and Professionals'

Music and Vermeer

Date and time

Sunday 1 September, 1–2.30pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

The Academy of Ancient Music and Betsy Wieseman

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This concert, complementing the exhibition 'Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure', explores two thriving aspects of cultural life during the Dutch Golden Age.

David Petersen and Carolus Hacqardt were the finest among a generation of itinerant professional musicians travelling throughout the Low Countries and beyond in search of work and inspiration. But music was also embedded in the aristocracy: Constantijn Huygens combined a life of politics and philosophy with a musical career.

The music of all of these composers is brought to life in this illustrated concert, featuring the Academy of Ancient Music directed from the violin by Pavlo Beznosiuk and discussion with Betsy Wieseman, curator of Dutch and Flemish paintings.


  • Biagio Marini: Suite from 'Per ogni sorte d'stromento'
  • Johann Schop: 'Nasce la pena mia'
  • Pieter Dircksz Pers: Fantasia
  • Francesco Corbetta: Ciaconna for solo guitar
  • Carolus Hacqardt: Sonata settima a tre from 'Harmonia Parnassa'     
  • David Petersen: Sonata No. 1 in D major from 'Speelstukken'
  • Carolus Hacqardt: Sonatas

Academy of Ancient Music

Pavlo Beznosiuk (director and violin)


Image above: Detail from Johannes Vermeer, The Guitar Player, about 1672. On loan from English Heritage, The Iveagh Bequest (Kenwood), © English Heritage