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Music for the First Piano

Jacqueline Ogeil

Enter the sound world of 1700, where the beginnings of a classical approach to music was being explored, and where a keyboard instrument was invented that could shape and shade dynamics. 

Bartolomeo Cristofori invented the piano in the 1690s and made his last instrument in 1729/1730. The Cristofori reproduction played by Jacqueline Ogeil in this recital is one of only two copies in the world.

Ogeil’s doctoral dissertation presented a strong argument that Domenico Scarlatti wrote his keyboard sonatas principally with this new instrument in mind. In this program Scarlatti is joined by other Italian composers who were finding individual ways of responding to the piano’s expressive capabilities.

Ludovico Giustini

Suonata VII in G
1. Alemanda
2. Corrente
3. Siciliana
4. Gavotta

Sebastian de Albero 

Sonatas XXVI & XXVII in C minor

Giovanni Benedetto Platti

Sonata II, Op.1 No.2 in C
1. Adagio
2. Allegro
3. Aria: Larghetto
4. Allegro

Domenico Scarlatti

Sonatas in E-flat, K 331 & 332
Sonatas in G, K 337 & 338
Sonatas in A minor, K 109 & 110
Sonata in C, K 513

Jacqueline Ogeil, Cristofori piano

Dr Jacqueline Ogeil is an internationally respected artistic leader, performer and musicologist. Founder and Executive/Artistic Director of the highly acclaimed Woodend Winter Arts Festival, and Director of the baroque ensemble Accademia Arcadia (finalist for 2007 ARIA award in Classical Music) and is currently Director of Music at Braemar College, Woodend.

Ogeil performs on harpsichord, organ and fortepiano, and has released twelve CDs, including re-releases of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on ABC Classics. Michael Leunig created the cover of her latest CD Il Diavolo. She is broadcast via the European Broadcasting Union, ABC Classic FM (where she has been twice featured as CD of the week) and on 3MBS. Her scholarly articles on Domenico Scarlatti have been published internationally. A copy of a Cristofori piano (c1730) was commissioned by her and supported by Dame Elisabeth Murdoch and is the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2014 she was a recipient of a Margaret Lawrence Bequest for Women in Arts Leadership, in 2015 was named by Westpac and the Financial Review as one of the 100 Women of Influence and in 2019 awarded an Australia Day Arts Ambassador Award from the Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

“In Dr. Ogeil I believe you have something of a national treasure.” – Edward L. Kottick, Professor Emeritus, School of Music, The University of Iowa. February 2008


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