Constellatio Felix

Sun, Stars & Planets

Under the inspirational leadership of Lars Ulrik Mortensen the musicians of EUBO will perform a selection of music from one of the most magnificent baroque spectacles ever staged: Constellatio Felix (1719).

Lars Ulrik Mortensen, director & harpsichord

Huw Daniel, concertmaster

European Union Baroque Orchestra

Concert programme

JB LULLY Suite from Phaëton
GF HANDEL Concerto Grosso Op 6 no 4 in a minor
D ZELENKA Allegro from Simphonie à 8 concertanti ZWV 189
G MUFFAT Concerto Grosso XII in G Propitia Sydera
JG PISENDEL Imitation des Caractères de la Danse
GPh TELEMANN  Violin Concerto in B flat TWV51:B1
JPh RAMEAU ‘Suite des Planètes’ (Entrées from operas)

Further details about the performance dates and venues will be available soon.

EUBO’s concert programme is centred around one of the most magnificent baroque spectacles ever staged: the Festival of the Planets (Constellatio Felix – Happy Constellation), a celebration that was held in Dresden in 1719 by King August the Strong to mark his son Frederick’s marriage to Archduchess Maria of Hapsburg. Constellatio Felix featured operas, balls and concerts and we know that composers including Handel, Telemann, Heinichen, Lotti and Zelenka participated in this month-long festival in honour of the planets. The EUBO programme is directed from the harpsichord by EUBO’s Music Director Lars Ulrik Mortensen; violinist Huw Daniel is concertmaster and soloist in the concerto by Telemann (TWV51:B1) which the composer had dedicated to his friend the violinist Johann Georg Pisendel, (dated 14 Sept 1719 in Telemann’s hand) and had taken to Dresden specifically for the Constellatio Felix celebration. The other works in the programme focus on the Sun (Lully Phaëton), Stars (Muffat Concerto Grosso Propitia Sydera – lucky stars) and Planets (Rameau). The ‘Suite des Planètes’ comprises three Entrées, each dedicated to a different planet (Jupiter, Venus and Mercury), from Rameau’s operas Hippolyte et Aricie, Les surprises de l’Amour and Platée.