Spring 2017 Recital Series: Music from the 14th Century to the 21st

The Spring 2017 organ recital series takes us from the earliest-known keyboard music to music by contemporary composers, from the ‘Estampies’ of the Robertsbridge Codex to contemporary Dutch composer Ad Wammes. Four different instruments in three locations will demonstrate the versatility and richness of the organ repertoire, with concerts on the Baroque organ in Anabel Taylor chapel, the 1940 Aeolian-Skinner and 18th-century Italian organs in Sage chapel, and on the 18th-century chamber organ in Barnes Hall. Performers on evening recitals and on the alternate Wednesday Midday Music for Organ series include guest artists, faculty and Cornell graduate students. The series begins with University Organist Annette Richards, on Wednesday February 1st at 12:30pm in Sage Chapel, in a program of 17th-century Neapolitan music on the Vicedomini organ.


Friday, February 10, 8 PM (Anabel Taylor Chapel)

Guest Thomas Gaynor. “Reformations I.” J. S. Bach, Clavierübung Part III

Saturday, March 11, 8 PM (Anabel Taylor Chapel)

Guest Rhonda Edgington. “Reformations II.” Music by J. S. Bach, Anton Heiller, Sweelinck, Ad Wammes, Scheidemann, Buxtehude and Barry Jordan

Tuesday, March 21, 8 PM (Sage Chapel)

University Organist Annette Richards. “The Power of Musick.” Italy and England in the 17th and 18th Centuries, including music by Frescobaldi, Dowland, Zipoli and Stanley. (Vicedomini organ)

Wednesday, April 19, 8 PM (Anabel Taylor Chapel) 

Anna Steppler. “The German Romantics.” Music by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Clara and Robert Schumann, and J. S. Bach

Wednesday, April 26, 8 PM (Anabel Taylor Chapel)

Jonathan Schakel. DMA Recital. Major works by Dieterich Buxtehude and J. S. Bach, including the Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582


MIDDAY MUSIC FOR ORGAN: Wednesdays at 12:30 PM

February 1 (Sage Chapel) Annette Richards: Music from 17th-Century Naples and beyond, including works by Mayone, Trabaci, Frescobaldi and J. S. Bach (Vicedomini organ)

February 15 (Anabel Taylor Chapel) Matthew Hall: François Couperin, Messe pour les Paroisses

March 15 (Anabel Taylor Chapel) Matthew Hall, Anna Steppler, Jonathan Schakel: “Duets & Diversions I.” Music for and against the organ from the Robertsbridge Codex to Ligeti

March 29 (Barnes Hall) Matthew Hall and Jonathan Schakel: “Duets & Diversions II.”  Four-hand music for multiple keyboards by Pasquini, W. F. Bach, and other lesser luminaries.

April 12 (Anabel Taylor Chapel) David Yearsley: “The Organ Contests of Dresden.” Music by Weckmann, Froberger, Mozart and Hässler.

May 3 (Sage Chapel) Anna Steppler and Jonathan Schakel: Julius Reubke, Sonata on the 94th Psalm and Franz Liszt, Variations on Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen (Aeolian-Skinner organ)

May 10 (Sage Chapel) Annette Richards: A celebratory end-of-semester pot-pourri (Aeolian-Skinner organ)

Presented by the Department of Music, all concerts are free and open to the public.