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The Organ in the Global Baroque: Conference and Concert Festival in Honor of the late Jacques van Oortmerssen The baroque organ was an artifact of global culture produced by international networks of artists, artisans, traders, and adventurers. Organs of the Hanseatic League, built at the nexus of trade routes that reached around the world, incorporated … Continue reading “”

Michael Praetorius, and the Musical Glories of the German Protestant 17th Century

On Monday, April 30th in Anabel Taylor Chapel, Anna Steppler and friends will present a program for choir and organ by the German composer, organist and theorist Michael Praetorius (1571-1621), Kapellmeister at the court of the famed music-lover Heinrich Julius, Duke of Braunschweig-Lüneburg, and then at the Electoral Court in Dresden. These were two of the most opulent musical establishments in Germany, with – thanks … Continue reading “Michael Praetorius, and the Musical Glories of the German Protestant 17th Century”

Guest organist Bine Bryndorf to perform at Cornell on Friday, April 13th

Distinguished Danish organist Bine Bryndorf will present the last of the 2017-18 guest organ recitals on the Cornell Baroque Organ on Friday, April 13th at 8:00pm. The program, “The Buxtehude Circle” includes works by the great Danish-German late 17th-century composer Dieterich Buxtehude, as well as music by his older contemporary Heinrich Scheidemann, his student Nicolaus … Continue reading “Guest organist Bine Bryndorf to perform at Cornell on Friday, April 13th”

Midday Music for Organ, March 28th: Jonathan Schakel and Tudor Organ Music

Cornell doctoral student Jonathan Schakel will present a recital of music from the famous collection of Tudor keyboard music, the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, in Sage Chapel on Wednesday, March 27th at 12:30pm. Jonathan will be playing Cornell’s original early 18th-century Italian organ, whose mean-tone temperament and subtle sounds reveal the character, diversity and depth of … Continue reading “Midday Music for Organ, March 28th: Jonathan Schakel and Tudor Organ Music”

The Bach Family at the Organ

  University Organists Annette Richards and David Yearsley join in a recital of music by the Bach family on Friday March 23rd at 8pm in Anabel Taylor chapel. Johann Sebastian Bach was one of the greatest—and most prolific—organists of his, or perhaps any other time.  He was prolific in the making of sons, too, yet … Continue reading “The Bach Family at the Organ”

Guest Organist Michael Unger to perform in Anabel Taylor chapel

On Saturday, February 24th at 3pm in Anabel Taylor chapel, guest Michael Unger will perform a program that includes J. S. Bach’s monumental Fantasy and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542, music by Bach’s predecessors and models Dieterich Buxtehude, Johann Adam Reincken, and Heinrich Scheidemann, by his student Johann Peter Kellner, and, finally, by his … Continue reading “Guest Organist Michael Unger to perform in Anabel Taylor chapel”

Michael Plagerman plays Bach, Krebs and Buxtehude at Midday

Midday Music for Organ on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 presents Michael Plagerman, our newest member of the doctoral program in performance practice. For his debut recital at Cornell, Michael will play music by J. S. Bach (in an arrangement of a concerto by his young patron the music-obsessed, Vivaldi-loving Prince Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar), Bach’s most faithful student … Continue reading “Michael Plagerman plays Bach, Krebs and Buxtehude at Midday”

Asta Nielsen’s 1921 movie ‘Hamlet’ in Sage, with Dennis James and Michael Tsalka

The Department of Music, Cornell Cinema, and the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies present a live screening of Asta Nielsen’s silent movie Hamlet accompanied by live performance of the musical score by Dennis James (organ), Michael Tsalka (harpsichord and piano), and Marija Bosnar (mezzo soprano). What if Hamlet was actually … a woman? That … Continue reading “Asta Nielsen’s 1921 movie ‘Hamlet’ in Sage, with Dennis James and Michael Tsalka”

Organ events for Fall 2017 include a female Hamlet, French improvisation, and Lutheran Magnificats

With the first Midday Music for Organ recital on Wednesday, September 7th, University Organist Annette Richards opens this season’s wide-ranging organ concert series. Across the semester recitals by local and guest artists will explore music that takes us from early 17th-century Spain and Germany on the Baroque organ in Anabel Taylor chapel, to late 20th-century … Continue reading “Organ events for Fall 2017 include a female Hamlet, French improvisation, and Lutheran Magnificats”

19th-Century Virtuosity at Midday: Schakel and Steppler play Liszt and Reubke

For those Ithaca-area organ-lovers who have been missing the Aeolian-Skinner organ in Sage Chapel, this week’s Wednesday lunchtime organ recital offers the chance to hear the instrument in all its glory. The program consists of Franz Liszt’s dark and brilliant set of 30 variations on ‘Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen’ played by Jonathan Schakel, followed by the rarely … Continue reading “19th-Century Virtuosity at Midday: Schakel and Steppler play Liszt and Reubke”

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 … Continue reading “Spring 2017 Recital Series: Music from the 14th Century to the 21st”

Organists at the Clavichord: Clavichord Evening with Matthew Hall and Jonathan Schakel

Discovering the Clavichord, by Matthew Hall My first experience with a clavichord was with Dolmetsch Chickering No. 34. I was perhaps a freshman or sophomore in high school and had made an appointment to be shown Harvard’s Early Instrument Room (august from without, bedraggled from within) to try the harpsichords. I was let in unceremoniously … Continue reading “Organists at the Clavichord: Clavichord Evening with Matthew Hall and Jonathan Schakel”

Anne Laver in concert, Friday April 8th, 8pm: Color and Variation in 17th-Century North German Organ Art

Concert artist Anne Laver, prizewinner at the prestigious American Guild of Organists’ National Young Artist Competition, and University Organist at Syracuse University, joins us this Friday evening for a recital on the Anabel Taylor organ that celebrates that instrument’s beauty, complexity and wealth of colors. In music by the great masters of 17th-century Northern Europe, … Continue reading “Anne Laver in concert, Friday April 8th, 8pm: Color and Variation in 17th-Century North German Organ Art”

Networking Keyboards, March 4-6: Liszt at the piano, Charles Burney’s Travels, and a visit to 17th-Century Italy

Liszt at the piano, Charles Burney’s Travels, and a visit to 17th-Century Italy This weekend, March 4-6, we welcome Keyboard Networks, the Westfield Center’s graduate-student organized conference running from Friday afternoon to Saturday evening (https://westfield.org/conferences/keyboardnetworks/). As part of the conference, and around its edges, there’ll be chances to hear Scottish pianist and musicologist Kenneth Hamilton … Continue reading “Networking Keyboards, March 4-6: Liszt at the piano, Charles Burney’s Travels, and a visit to 17th-Century Italy”

Organists at the Clavichord: Clavichord Evening with Matthew Hall and Jonathan Schakel

Cornell Early Music Lab: An Evening at the Clavichord. Friday February 5th, 2016. 8 PM. Andrew Dixon White House. Matthew Hall and Jonathan Schakel, clavichord, with Beth Kelly, traverso. Discovering the Clavichord, by Matthew Hall My first experience with a clavichord was with Dolmetsch Chickering No. 34. I was perhaps a freshman or sophomore in … Continue reading “Organists at the Clavichord: Clavichord Evening with Matthew Hall and Jonathan Schakel”

Spring 2016 recital series begins: Bach (and others) on the Baroque Organ

The spring line-up of organ recitals and recitalists at Cornell is as wide-ranging as ever. The series begins on Saturday, January 30 at 8pm with University Organist Annette Richards on the Baroque organ in Anabel Taylor Chapel. Her program includes masterpieces by J.S. Bach alongside the works of the Dutch and German organist-composers Bach himself … Continue reading “Spring 2016 recital series begins: Bach (and others) on the Baroque Organ”

Midday Music for Organ: Guest organist Anna Steppler (University of Gothenburg)

North German Masters and J. S. Bach.? Organ Chorales for Lent. 12:30 PM Anabel Taylor Chapel Originally from London, guest organist Anna Steppler is completing a Masters in Organ and related keyboard instruments at the University of Gothenburg, where she studies the Organ with Hans Fagius and the Clavichord with Joel Speerstra. Anna began playing … Continue reading “Midday Music for Organ: Guest organist Anna Steppler (University of Gothenburg)”

Evening Recital: Jonathan Schakel (Vicedomini organ, harpsichord) with guest violinist David Sariti

La Suave Melodia: music from Seventeenth-Century Italy. Jonathan Schakel, organ, harpsichord, and guitar, guest David Sariti, violin, and David Miller, viola da gamba. Sunday 5 PM Sage Chapel Program Sonata seconda (1641) by Giovanni Battista Fontana (1589-1630) Toccata quarta (1634) by Michelangelo Rossi (1602-1656) Canzona seconda detta la Bernardinia (1628)?????????Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) * * * * * Sonata #2 … Continue reading “Evening Recital: Jonathan Schakel (Vicedomini organ, harpsichord) with guest violinist David Sariti”

Evening Recital: Guest organist Anne Laver (Syracuse University)

“Color and Variation in Seventeenth-Century North German Organ Art,” music by Böhm, Bruhns, Sweelinck, Scheidemann, and Weckmann. Friday, 8 PM Anabel Taylor Chapel   Program Praeludium in D, BuxWV 139 Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707) Psalm 23 Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621) Ach, wir armen Sünder Matthias Weckmann (1616-1624/1674) Passacaglia in d, BuxWV 161 Buxtehude Partita: Freu dich … Continue reading “Evening Recital: Guest organist Anne Laver (Syracuse University)”

“The Orchestral Organ”: a recital by Matthew Hall

The Orchestral Organ In the early 18th century, J. S. Bach and his contemporaries explored the way the organ, the “Instrument of Instruments” was a great ensemble unto itself, a one-man orchestra on which organists could play Vivaldi concertos, Corelli chamber sonatas, or verbatim transcriptions of cantata movements for solo voice with obbligato accompaniment. On … Continue reading ““The Orchestral Organ”: a recital by Matthew Hall”

First Westfield Center International Organ Competition Comes to Cornell

Out of thirty-two applicants from all over the world, twelve young organists have been chosen to compete in the first Westfield International Organ Competition, to be held at Cornell and at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester on September 22-29, 2013. The twelve young artists represent seven countries including Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, … Continue reading “First Westfield Center International Organ Competition Comes to Cornell”