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26/05/2019 13:01
The series of literary dramatizations I've been running over the past two years as part of the President's Evenings at Fitz is now finished, and we covered nearly 4,000 years of literature from around the world: 'The Epic of Gilgamesh' (Sumeria, 18th century BC), 'The Golden Ass' (Lucius Apuleius,...
30/04/2019 11:55
The unexpected acquisition of an ottavino (c/e-c4, based on the c.1595 instrument in the V&A) a few weeks ago was perfectly timed for an outing last Sunday, which was otherwise on clavichord: Fitzwilliam Virginal Book recital 28 was also the third of Farnaby's complete keyboard music, and I...
16/03/2019 12:22
As a break from the ongoing FVB, Bach and German clavichord series, there was a concert last week at Hughes Hall, Cambridge, which was a century-long survey of modern clavichord music, likely the first time that has ever been done. As well as Seiber, Berkeley and Howells, there were a fair number...
30/12/2018 16:56
Having never owned a double-manual harpsichord, but had several on short-term loan from Michael Thomas, John McKean and others, it's a real pleasure now to have a five-octave Flemish double of my own - just in time to start learning the Goldberg Varations, for 2019. Also in planning is a programme...
01/12/2018 12:47
As an offshoot of my complete 48, finished in August, an article about the preparation process, called 'Learning the 48', is now published in the latest issue of 'Harpsichord & Fortepiano' www.hfmagazine.info/.
25/11/2018 10:38
With Couperin all done, it's time to get back to normal programming, so coming up before the end of the year will be Fitzwilliam Virginal Book recital no.27, Complete Bach no.9 and (today) a 300th Anniversary concert for Marpurg (born 21 November 1718), a talented composer, not a note of whose...
25/11/2018 10:35
The 350th Anniversary marathon on 10 November went very well indeed, with some exceptional performances; special thanks to Jonathan Hellyer Jones, Aline Zylberajch and Mark Kroll, who stepped in with extra ordres to cover an indisposed player! The website couperin2018.webnode.com/ has been...
24/08/2018 14:13
After June's exotic three-harpsichord concert francis-knights.webnode.com/news/three-harpsichords/, we're now planning one with four harpsichords and strings, built around the Bach/Vivaldi concerto and my arrangement of Brandenburg 2. Already, we have an exciting new concerto from Ivan Moody...
24/08/2018 14:10
As well as carrying on with the long-running Bach and FVB projects this summer, I've also written a piece on 'Learning the 48' for publication on 'Harpsichord & Fortepiano' later this year, and should finish three articles on Byrd, the Italian Madrigal, Composition and Mathematics soon;...
08/08/2018 12:37
With the fifth and final programme from the 48 done last Sunday (all the works in 5, 6 and 7 sharps, quite taxing), the project now moves on to the suites, starting with the French set. There's also a lessons-learned article in preparation about the actual processes of learning large collections,...
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