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  • January 20, 2019: Scarlatt

    January 20, 2019 10:30

    Sonata in D, K96 Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)

    Organ Concerto Op. 4, No. 2, 4th movement George F. Handel (1685-1759)

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    Handel (1685-1759) in his 20’s traveled to Italy to further his musical education. When he arrived in Rome, Cardinal Ottoboni arranged a keyboard competition between Handel and Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757). Scarlatti recognized his ...

  • 2019 January 13: Bach & Bannister

    January 13, 2019 10:30

    One of the unique features of the organ is a keyboard played by the feet to supply the bass. The pipe organ goes back to Roman days (in a primitive form) but a keyboard for the feet was a much later development. Along the eons there were various intermediary forms of pedal keyboards (e.g. only an octave, the pedal keys so short that only the toes could play them), but by the 18th century attention turned to a full-fledged keyboard for the feet — particularly in northern Germany which was Bach's (pedal-)stomping ground. (more )

  • 2018 December 23: Brahms "Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming"

    December 18, 2018 22:30

    Johannes Brahms was born into a poor family. He showed musical aptitude, and his father provided music lessons. Brahms himself later told stories about earning money for his family by playing piano in bars and houses of ill-repute (there being no recorded music at the time, so if music was wanted, someone had to play it). (more )

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