Ensemble Fiati Amsterdam
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Fiati Amsterdam

The winds of Accademia Amsterdam take you to the elegant ballrooms, official receptions and to bourgeois parties, and even to impressive funerals of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Musicians: Alayne Lesly / Onno Verschoor / Mario Topper, oboe; Bolko Kloosterman / Hylke Rozema, natural horn; Henriëtte Bakker / Marita Schaar, bassoon.

Thanks to the Classical period, we tend to think of a wind quintet including a flute and a clarinet. It is a less well-known fact that before the Classical period, there was a wealth of music written for wind instruments. In the Renaissance, there were “bands” with shawms and cornettos, which were blown similar to trumpets. This tradition still exists in Catalunia, where “coblas” include modern shawms and brass instruments.

Fiati Amsterdam

When, at the end of the 17th century in France, the shawm developed into the oboe, with a more civilized sonority, orchestras with oboes and bassoons came into existence. Not long after, hunting horns were added. The sound of these ensembles, consisting largely of travelling virtuosi, was so popular that a wealth of music was composed for them. As far away as Transylvania, where the best horn players were produced, we find music written for this combination. The biggest advantage of a group consisting of two oboes, two horns, and bassoon is that a full sonority could be produced without exhausting the pocketbook to pay the players. Thus, these wind bands were immensely popular among the gentry who wanted to listen to music but could not afford a full orchestra. The wind bands were used for all sorts of occasions: as dance accompaniment, for official receptions, as entertainment for parties, for music played at funerals, or simply for in the drawing room or garden as a pleasant diversion from conversation.

Fiati Amsterdam is such an ensemble, playing on authentic 18th-century instruments. The use of natural horns in various pitches lends a particularly exotic sound to the ensemble. Depending on whether a Baroque or Classical (Mozart) program is played, the instruments used are from the particular period to be able to come closest to the sound the composer had imagined. When needed, guest performers are invited to play with the wind ensemble. Fiati Amsterdam has done research in libraries throughout Europe and found manuscripts of pieces, which are included in their concerts. This makes it possible to enjoy both well known and lesser-known composers in different musical styles bridging the baroque and classical periods. A reconstruction of Handel’s Water Music for oboes, horns, and bassoon is part of the repertoire. Together with guest performers, the ensemble has in its program a concerto by Vivaldi for viola d’amore, winds, and basso continuo. From the Classical period, a divertimento for solo harpsichord and winds can be performed, as well as a “Farewell Partita” in which the musicians leave the stage one by one. The ensemble also presents a theatrical program in collaboration with baroque dancer Dorothee Wortelboer. Fascinating for all ages, it visualizes dances that were used at funerals and celebrations.

Fiati Amsterdam gives chamber music concerts in concert halls, castles, and churches. The ensemble consists of the wind players (fiati) of baroque orchestra Accademia Amsterdam. The members are active in a variety of early instrument ensembles and orchestras, and belong to the group of internationally known specialists of early music.


Concert Programmes

FA1 - “Water Music”

FA2 - From Republic to Kingdom

FA3 - From Grim Reaper to Harlequin



Händel - Water Music (audio)
Besozzi - Trio (audio)
Händel - Water Music (video) Händel - Water Music (video)

Upcoming Events

Arts & Cooking Courses - Accademia Amsterdam
Fri 27 Jul. 10:00 – 22:00
Perugia, Palazzo della Penna
Chamber Music Course - Accademia Amsterdam
Fri 27 Jul. 10:00 – 22:00
Perugia, Palazzo della Penna
Musica barocca e Ballo barocco “Ninfe e Pastori”
Fri 27 Jul. 18:00
Perugia, Università per Stranieri di Perugia
Cantate "Gottes Zeit..." (Actus Tragicus) BWV 106
Sun 28 Oct. 19:00
Zaltbommel, Sint-Maartenskerk
Händels meesterwerk ‘Messiah’
Sat 15 Dec. 20:00
Vianen, Grote Kerk


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