Chaconne for the Princess
Jana SEMERÁDOVÁ | flauto traverso
Erich TRAXLER | harpsichord
Jana Semerádová and Erich Traxler in the services of Händel and Leclair – and Princess Anne
During the Baroque era, taking music and art lessons was an integral part of education of children in royal families. Anne, Princess of Orange (1709-1759), the eldest daughter of King George II of Great Britain, was fortunate in having excellent teachers. At the age of five, she moved from her native city of Hanover to London, where for eleven years her musical talent was cultivated by G. F. Händel, a celebrated composer and keyboard virtuoso.
Following her wedding and departure from London, Anne no longer took harpsichord lessons, yet at the court in The Hague, her new home, she remained faithful to the Muses and surrounded herself with excellent artists. For a few years, the court employed the superb violinist and Kapellmeister Jean-Marie Leclair, who dedicated to Anne his fourth book of solo sonatas. In the case of some of them, he mentioned – to the delight of all flautists – the possibility of their being performed by “flute allemande” as an alternative instrument.