The Arts Society The Hague Presents

The Misshapen Pearl: The Baroque Period in music by Sandy Burnett

Barok in the music started in 1607 with Monteverdi’s opera Orfeo. This opera still regular is performed, like in this modern staging off Pierre Audi's at Nationale Opera.

THIS IS A ZOOM LECTURE | Sandy Burnett takes us to the special period of Baroque music. The term Baroque is derived from “barocca” Portugese for misshapen pearl. In music Baroque marks the artistic period 1600-1759 when composers such as Monteverdi, Handel, and Johann Sebastian Bach produced music of great brilliance.

Starting in 1607 with Monteverdi’s astonishing opera Orfeo, and ending in 1759 with the death of that great “English” composer George Frideric Handel, the Baroque era produced music of great brilliance and emotional depth. In helping to navigate us through its choppy waters, Sandy draws on his experience as broadcaster, conductor, and hands-on practical musician. His in-depth exploration of this fascinating period of classical music draws on hand-picked images, autograph scores, and recorded musical illustrations, with a special focus on the work of Johann Sebastian Bach.


Sandy Burnett is one of the UK’s most versatile music commentators, enjoying a career that combines broadcasting, performing and lecturing. After studying at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and working as music director for the RSC, National Theatre and in London’s West End, he spent a decade as one of the core team of presenters on BBC Radio 3. Combining engaging scholarship with hands-on expertise, he devises and leads cultural holidays all over the world, is the author of the Idler Guide to Classical Music, is a highly sought-after double bassist on the London jazz scene, and was appointed the Academy of Ancient Music’s Hogwood Fellow for the 2018-19 season.


Date & time

Tuesday, 9 February 2021 at 20:00 u

To register for the online lecture go to Please note that you have to register before Monday 7th of February 2021. The lecture starts at 20.00 pm. Fee (non-members): € 13,-. A membership (8 lectures and other activities) is € 65,- per year and € 120,- for a couple. A half-year membership (4 lectures and other activities) is € 32,50 per year and € 60,- for a couple.