Celebrating the Lively Spirit of

Baroque Winds in the

World of Today


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Hurray for successful Crowdfunding for our debut album: Fresh Facets of Baroque Jewels!
Although the official campaign is now closed, you are still welcome to contribute!

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The International Double Reed Society invited the Sprightly Companions to perform during the annual conferences held in July 2022 in Boulder, Colorado, USA and in July, 2023 at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Funded in part by the (German) Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR project and by the Hessian Cultural Foundation.

Sprightly Companions: Inextricably linked to language, music of the early eighteenth century speaks with a Force of Eloquence which may surprise the twenty-first century listener with its relevance and expression. It argues, declaims, laments, provokes, charms and frolics, raising a voice beyond its time. The Sprightly Companions are driven by the desire to take part in the Great Conversation which deals with the perennial issues of the human condition through the ages and across the world as expressed through art, music, literature or dance, uniting us. Our language is music, and our tools are historical wind instruments. Founded in the USA in 2009, “The Sprightly Companions” are now based in Germany. They take their name from the earliest publications written about the oboe (hautboy) 1695 “The Sprightly Companion”, wherein it states:

… the Hautboy is so a fine and useful an instrument, and so portable a Companion…

Gefördert von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien um Rahmen von NEUSTART KULTUR und von der Hessischen Kulturstiftung.

Sprightly Companions, zu deutsch „die heiteren Gefährten“ sind von dem Wunsch getrieben, an der Großen Konversation teilzunehmen, an der immerwährenden Auseinandersetzung, die die Menschen quer durch Zeit und Raum durch Kunst, Musik, Literatur oder Tanz zum Ausdruck bringt und die uns alle in Gemeinschaft verbindet. Ausdrucksmittel dies zu zelebrieren sind uns dabei die historischen Blasinstrumente, Sprache ist uns die Musik. In dieser, die ganze Welt vereinenden Sprache der Musik argumentieren, deklamieren, provozieren, streiten wir und tollen übermütig herum.

Gegründet in 2009 in den USA, sind „The Sprightly Companions“ heute in Deutschland beheimatet. Der Name leitet sich von der frühesten überlieferten Oboenschule „ The Sprightly Companion“ her. Darin heißt es:

…Die Oboe ist ein so feines und nützliches Instrument, und dazu ein so leichter und beweglicher Gefährte.

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Foretaste of Fresh Facets Album:

Première Sonate (1695) — Jean-Féry Rebel (1666-1747)


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Live in Concert: Bach zur Nacht 2020 Georg Friedrich Händel Sonata III Opus 2


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…they told you to be upon your guard and not to let yourself be deceived by the force of my eloquence…unless by the force of eloquence they mean the force of Truth. But then I do indeed admit that I am eloquent. —Plato The Apology of Socrates

The Sprightly Companions Bach zur Nacht

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Jeanine Krause and Antonello Cola, Oboes

Jennifer Harris, Bassoon

Martin Lutz, Continuo

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