“His Majesty performed the solo flute part very precisely; his technique was brilliant and his taste simple and pure”. The testimony of the English musician, historian and traveller Charles Burney provides us with a glimpse of the musical environment that surrounded Frederick the Great. The King’s personal taste was more inclined towards Quantz and Graun, composers who represented the past for Burney. The Englishman felt closer to Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, who did not enjoy the King’s sympathies. The British ensemble Florilegium performs two trio sonatas composed by C. P. E. Bach for the Prussian court.
Frederick the Great was much more than a music-loving king. His reformist program included legal, social, educative and military facets. But there was also room for patronage of the arts, in particular architecture and town planning. In this presentation, Javier Barón details the Prussian king’s activity as a patron.