Once upon a time a close friend confided in me about being the victim of a violent attack years prior. The story left me speechless. Later, I thought about how when we are children and are hurt, we can run to mommy or daddy and they ...
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January 27, 2019 22:30
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)
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 ...
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 ↠)