The Imperfect Pearl are:
M. Marais — Pièces en Trio: Suite no V in E minor. Prelude.
G.Ph. Telemann — TWV 42:d10 IV. Presto
The term ‘baroque’ (=imperfect pearl) was once an used in a negative way: ‘baroque music is that in which the harmony is loaded with modulations and dissonances…’ or ‘bizarre and uselessly complicated’. These qualities that were once criticized are the ones in which we find the beauty of this music. A perfect pearl astonishes by its uniformity, smoothness and symmetry, but, for how long is it interesting to watch, and will there always be something new to discover in it? On the contrary, the changing surface and irregularity of an imperfect pearl mesmerizes us with its many faces and possibilities, as does baroque music. Asymmetry, variation, and irregularity are not negative qualities for us, but intriguing concepts where we find personality, emotions, and discovery.