Using the nuanced tone colors of historical instruments, Ensemble Eloquentia brings alive the music of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, giving particular emphasis to the works of musical-rhetorical masters such as Mozart, Haydn, CPE Bach, and Beethoven. The group’s name is inspired by one of the main elements in the art of persuasion – Eloquence, used to move and stir the emotions through exact yet beautifully adorned speech.
Ensemble Eloquentia explores the relationships between composer, music, musician, and audience in the context of rhetoric—the art of persuasion. Begun by the composer and completed by the audience, musical rhetoric involves the active engagement of the performers’ and the listeners’ emotions. Witty and bold, sensitive and insightful, composed and performed specifically to evoke such an array of emotions, music at the turn of the 19th century is both inspired and inspiring. Ensemble Eloquentia balances thoughtful research with the spontaneity of music-making to give persuasive performances that touch our emotions and stay in our hearts.
Ensemble Eloquentia performs chamber music primarily including classical flute, cello, fortepiano, and voice, yet the ensemble easily expands to include other keyboards, winds and strings.