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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”

Humid Organs

Professor David Yearsley reflects on the effects of humidity – and dryness – on Cornell’s historic organs: “Arbor eram vilis quondam sed viva tacebam / Nunc bene si tangor mortua dulce son” counts as one of the most lovely and lengthy of the Latin mottos used to decorate the inside of the lids of seventeenth-century … Continue reading “Humid Organs”

Cornell’s is First Organ with Multiple Historic Wind Systems

Cornell’s new baroque organ has become the world’s first organ with multiple historic wind systems, using a technique organ designer Munetaka Yokota perfected on a research instrument at the G0teborg Organ Art Center (GOArt) at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. With simple manual adjustments, organists can authentically re-create the wind systems of organs from the … Continue reading “Cornell’s is First Organ with Multiple Historic Wind Systems”