Category Archives: Baroque Music

Switched-On Bach at Fifty

A pioneer of digital music, once named Walter Carlos, released Switched-On Bach in 1968.  I don’t remember its release, but I do remember it being widely discussed half a dozen years later.  It was a blockbuster; I have read that … Continue reading

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Il Transilvano

I ordered what I thought was a modern edition of Diruta’s classic text, Il Transilvano (The Transylvanian).  This is a book on keyboard performance–organ and harpsichord.  Its “spooky” title describes its picaresque hero, a young Transylvanian rube who comes to … Continue reading

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Harpsichord Check-in

It’s been a busy time, musically speaking.  The concert given by the Tower Trio last Sunday, in Goshen, NY, was a big success.  The audience responded generously with a free-will offering that will cover some necessary organ work.  Wonderful! The … Continue reading

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Concert on Sunday

This Sunday, the Tower Trio will perform at the First Presbyterian Church in Goshen, New York. Program is at 3 PM and is free, though offerings are gladly received. A simple reception follows. The Tower Trio consists of the founders … 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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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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About that “Big Box”

OK, I admit I’m behind the curve.  I’m usually behind the curve. There is a huge selection of Big Box collections on Amazon.  Most priced at 99 cents. There is a critique of the Bach cantatas box pointing out that … Continue reading

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