Author Archives: Jon

About Jon

Keyboard artist, sacred musician, teacher, writer, working in New York City and State. Many interests include music theory and history, literature, astronomy, genealogy, philosophy and theology, gardening, and good food.

Harpsichord Diary

I’ve taken down all the previous posts under the “harpsichord” rubric. I’m sorry to have done so, but it’s for the best. The intention was good but in the real world it was not realistic. After all: to show vulnerability … Continue reading

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Parallel Octaves, Again

I’ve read some internet chatter about BWV565 that makes me shake my head. An allusion to “parallel octaves” in the opening measures. Here we go again. I wrote about this in The American Organist in September, 2011. The organ does … Continue reading

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Dretzel Update

The Divertimento Armonico of Cornelius Heinrich Dretzel settles into an Italian harpsichord perfectly. The italophilia of Nuremberg is borne out in this piece, and the bright, clear, affirmative tone of my new harpsichord is serving it well. At the same … Continue reading

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Fifth Day of Christmas

Happy five golden rings. It got down to nearly zero Fahrenheit last night. This morning, the hot-water heater sent voluminous puffs of steam out the chimney. The day started cloudy but the sun is coming through. I’m home, cleaning the … Continue reading

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First Day of Christmas

I received an email from an online merchant I’ve worked with. Today, they say, is the Twelfth Day of Christmas. I’m glad they’re good at horticulture, because their theology needs work. Today is the First Day of Christmas. The Twelfth … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

It’s Christmas Day. I came home after a very successful Christmas Eve service at the Presbyterian church, and an intimate and joyful Midnight Mass in the village. Attendance was down at the latter because of storm warnings, but there was … Continue reading

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Jupiter was up and brilliant in the pre-dawn sky. Three of the Galilean moons visible. The planet was very bright indeed but I could still resolve the main equatorial bands. I’d been up since the wee hours with the telescope. … Continue reading

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First Communion

Today, December 16, is the anniversary of my First Communion. A big anniversary, at that. I don’t know how many people remember the date of their First Communion. I’ve kept the booklet, and it represents an interesting time in the … Continue reading

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