Category Archives: Music

The Big Harpsichord Box

I need to share this. There’s a product on Amazon. (This is not an endorsement of Amazon per se.) It’s a SIX-CD set called The Big Harpsichord Box. Over six hours of harpsichord music by a variety of performers. For … Continue reading

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Harpsichord Diary III

I’ve been looking online for performances on Italian harpsichords, and have found quite a few. My gut feelings have been validated. I’ve got my hands on a really good instrument. The characteristic prompt and bright response, full of harmonics, ideal … Continue reading

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Harpsichord Diary II

Delving into the capriccios of Frescobaldi has been a real pleasure with the new harpsichord. I think it was Segovia who said that, for him, music settled into a guitar as water into a glass. That is how it is … Continue reading

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Harpsichord Diary

It arrived on Friday, and I have spent quality time over the weekend getting acquainted. It is a 2007 Bennett harpsichord, a 1×8 Italian in a simple, elegant case. (If you know Italian harpsichord design, it almost looks like an … Continue reading

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Protected: How to Register a Hammond– Correctly

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Protected: A Typical Piano Lesson Day

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Michel Chapuis

Organist Michel Chapuis has died at the age of 87. As a teenager, I heard my first Bach via Chapuis’ recordings, especially Clavierübung III. The Telefunken Bach series, “Das Alte Werk,” volume 9, copyright 1975, contained scores and stoplists, both … Continue reading

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How Not to Register a Hammond

About a decade ago, I published a how-to article in The American Organist (the wonderful journal that serves the American Guild of Organists) on the subject of working with a Hammond organ. The Hammond approach to registration is significantly different … Continue reading

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Quote of the Month

From the inimitable Dorothy Parker: “I think that Aldous Huxley utters the loud truth when he says, in Point Counter Point, that industry can never substitute for talent. There exists, especially in the American mind, a sort of proud confusion … Continue reading

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Vassar

I had a wonderful time at Vassar College today. There was an afternoon celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which was kicked off by Martin Luther on October 31, 1517. There was a panel discussion, then a … Continue reading

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