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  • September 29, 2013: A Little Harpsichord Gone Astray

    September 29, 2013 11:18

    “Les regrets“ (“Regrets“) François Couperin (1668-1733)

    “L’âme en peine“ (“The soul in sorrow“) François Couperin (1668-1733)

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    About a month ago I was at the UCR music library where the head librarian has had ...

  • 2013 September 22: Flowers

    September 22, 2013 10:30

    Christopher Smart was born to a moderately well-to-do family in England. When he was 11 his father died, and their estate had to be sold to pay off debts with not much left over. Wealthy relatives provided haven for the surviving Smart family, and Smart ended up attending Pembroke College where he helped defray expenses by waiting on the "Fellows’ table" and other suchlike menial tasks. (more )

  • Sepember 15, 2013: Fugues can be FUN! Who knew?

    September 15, 2013 19:30

    Toccata in Em J.S.Bach (1685-1750)

    A ‘toccata’ is a free-style piece, usually on the showy side. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor for organ is probably the most [in]famous, but he wrote many others.

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    This morning’s toccata opens with a moody introduction, then a mysterious ‘fugue light’, then a dream-like improvisatory ...

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