Music decades removed from the buildup of the French Revolution to the Napoleonic Wars serves as the musical backdrop of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey series of “nautical historical novels” (1800-1813). Therein the two main characters are “almost as unlike as men could be” but are “united in a deep love for music, and many and many an evening had they played together.”
Music by Locatelli (the infamous nonexistent C Major Quartet notwithstanding), J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Corelli, and Pergolesi will round out the “the intricate, reflective music” of the novels as best suits the performing space and audience.
Joy Grimes-baroque violin