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Sunday saw the latest in a series of 20th and 21st century music for clavichord, with a programme from the US, probably all of which were UK premieres. This will be followed by another programme of new British music in 2020, then one of German repertoire.
The listing is back up online at francis-knights.webnode.com/future-concerts/, having been revised to allow the finish of the complete Bach and complete Byrd by the end of 2020.
After more than ten years and 30 concerts, I've now performed the complete FVB, on Italian harpsichord, Flemish harpsichord, Italian virginals, Flemish virginals, spinet, ottavino, clavichord, chamber organ and church organ. Yesterday's final concert of Byrd was back at the Fitzwilliam Museum...
Good news; the project is going ahead for 2019, and will result in a book, including a complete catalogue of everything written for the instrument in the past hundred years.
A very busy summer, with various recitals ticked off, including the Goldberg Variations (some decades later than planned...), and complete Tallis and the last of the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book to come in the next month. Then back to Bach, with the Italian Concerto and French Overture. Various things...
Thanks to a kind colleague in Cambridge, I now have a walnut clavichord built in 1957 by Robert Goble (1903–1991), which has come just at the right time for planning some further programmes of 20th century music. For works by Howells and the like, the 'revival' clavichords of Dolmetsch and Goff are...
Alex's report on the 2017 CNM contemporary music project we did is now published in the latest 'Sounding Board' www.harpsichord.org.uk/sounding-board/, which also includes a piece of mine about Bach's Inventions & Sinfonias and keyboard technique.
Newly arrived, an 8/4/2/1 chamber organ by David Leach (2019), illustrated on the hire page francis-knights.webnode.com/instrument-hire/. It's an ingeniously compact design, with a very sweet tone.
Most early keyboard players feel they can always do with an extra instrument or two, perhaps in different national style or at a different pitch - at least, when the price is right. The variety of types of instrument that are historically plausible for the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book is considerable,...
This is by no means a new idea (Judith Conrad, Anna Maria McElwain and Wim Winters have done it, and there are even some recordings on YouTube), but I thought to try it out too, on the basis that clavichords were still being made and used into the 1840s, and that some selected Chopin piano pieces...
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