Category Archives: Music

Just Published

My article on Carson Cooman, the remarkable organist and composer at Harvard, was just published in The Organ, a British quarterly. It was a pleasure getting to know my subject better, and come to a deep and abiding appreciation of … Continue reading

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Forthcoming Talk

I’m participating in a weekend conference at Syracuse University at the end of March. I will be giving a paper on the life of Calvin Hampton. Here is a link to the event.  If you are interested, I hope you … Continue reading

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Forthcoming Article

The upcoming issue of The Organ, a quarterly from “across the pond,” will feature a substantial article by me on the topic of Carson Cooman, the gifted organist and composer in residence at Harvard.  It’s been a pleasure delving into … Continue reading

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Cibells and Cebells

. A strange title appears in some English keyboard scores of the latter 17th century.  A number of pieces are titled “Cibell” or “Cebell,” or allude to that name in their title (as in Purcell’s “Trumpet tune, called the Cibell”). … Continue reading

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Choir and Handbell Party

The choir and handbell choir met last evening at a delightful house in this county last evening for a post-holiday get-together.  It was a quiet evening, given to good conversation and good food, but nothing to excess. I particularly enjoyed … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Mrs. Kromer

Yesterday, December 16, was not only the 248th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, it was also the 125th birthday of Mrs. Grace Kromer–née Grace Isabella Ernst in New York City. Her father died when she was a child.  Her stepfather … Continue reading

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Christmas Carol Singalong

‘Tis the season.  On Sunday, December 23–the Fourth Sunday of Advent as well as “Christmas Eve Eve,” I’ll lead another community carol sing at the First Presbyterian Church in Goshen, NY.  Event starts at 3, is free, and a nice … Continue reading

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Bruderhof

Last evening, I played an early Christmas program for the local Bruderhof community.  The group is part of a small religious denomination, with roots in the Hutterite expression of the Anabaptist movement.  They have a number of communities in New … Continue reading

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Switched-On Brandenburgs

My college friend Doug was eager to share his newest album:  Switched-On Brandenburgs by Wendy Carlos, already famous for years for Switched-On Bach. I loved the cover for a start:  thick silver and black, done as a woodcut, classical instruments … Continue reading

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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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