Music had a cultural revolution in the seventeenth century; it suddenly became modern. This "new music" of dramatic oppositions and vivid emotions found its voice in a new form, the sonata, a pure instrumental work with no agenda but the imagination of the composer — and no standard form but the passionate give-and-take of friends in conversation.

 Quicksilver's concert is a celebration of this new style, bringing to life the extravagant and sumptuous sonatas, which were created first by virtuoso instrumental composers in Italy, and then take up in Germany.