The Dresden Network

In October 2013 Gottfried von der Goltz (Freiburger Barockorchester) directed EUBO for the first time in an inspiring programme, based around the central figure of superstar violinist Pisendel and his amazing circle of friends and colleagues, such as Zelenka, Telemann and Vivaldi, who composed and performed for the Court in Dresden.

‘Sweet as the fruits of an almond tree’ – a description of Zelenka’s music by his friend the Dresden violinist Johann Pisendel in a letter to Georg Philipp Telemann

The performances took place between 8 and 17 October.


Director & violin Gottfried von der Goltz

Concertmaster Lorea Aranzasti Pardo

Concert programme

JD ZELENKA (1679-1745)

Ouverture a7 concertanti in F

Ouverture: Grave-Allegro-Grave – Aria – Menuets – Siciliano – Folie

JG PISENDEL (1687-1755)

Violin Concerto in D

Vivace-Andante-Vivace – Andante – Allegro


Imitation des Caractères de la Danse

Loure – Rigaudon Rondeau – Canarie – Bourée – Musette – Passepied – Polonois – Presto Concertino


GPh TELEMANN (1681-1767)

Overture and Suite from Tafelmusik III

Ouverture – Bergèrie – Allegresse – Postillons – Flaterie – Badinage – Menuet

A VIVALDI (1678-1741)

Oboe Concerto in F “Sassonia” RV455

Allegro – Grave – Allegro


Conclusion (Tafelmusik III)


Programme note

Pisendel was the famous concert master of the Dresdner Hofkapelle, which was one of the leading orchestras in the first half of the 18th century. He was the leading violinist of his time in Germany to whom renowned composers such as Vivaldi, Albinoni and Telemann dedicated pieces. And at the same time Dresden was enjoying the flowering of its musical life during the Saxon-Polish Union (1697-1763), which began with the election of Augustus the Strong, King of Poland and extended to the end of the SevenYears’ War.

At the heart of Dresden’s musical life of this period was the court chapel orchestra, the Hofkapelle, which became famous from 1733 under the influence of conductor Johann Adolf Hasse and concertmaster Johann Georg Pisendel. Other major musical figures at the Hofkapelle included the composers Zelenka (who also played double bass in the Dresden Orchestra), Porpora, Lotti and Heinichen, the instrumental virtuosi Volumier, Veracini, White and Buffardin, and the singing stars Durastanti, Tesi, and Senesino.

The congregation of so much talent truly shows that Dresden could be considered as a European music centre of excellence. And one of today’s leading German violinists Gottfried von der Goltz can draw together talents from all over Europe in the members of EUBO to re-explore some of the music from this wonderful period in Dresden’s history.