University Organist Annette Richards performs the final Midday Music for Organ recital this semester with a program that celebrates the end of the academic year with reflections on her own heritage, and on the ‘Special Relationship’ between Britain and the U.S. In the age of Brexit and Trump (who heads to Britain for a state visit this summer, … Continue reading “Edwardian Elgar, Ironic Ives to end the semester”
Jonathan Schakel’s DMA recital promises to be a highpoint of the semester and marks the end of Jonathan’s three years studying – and giving fine performances – here at Cornell. His program contains two of the mightiest, most ambitious works of the young J. S. Bach, set against those of his model and teacher, Dieterich Buxtehude. … Continue reading “Jonathan Schakel: J. S. Bach and Buxtehude for DMA Recital”
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”
Undergraduate Lide Forde, ’16: A Lifetime Love of the Organ. Lide Forde received his BA in Economics from Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences this past weekend. A hard-working member of the organ studio since his arrival at Cornell, he will be much missed as he goes on his way, moving now to New York … Continue reading “Who are Cornell’s organ students? Part 2”
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”
A Rising Star and a Masterpiece. Thomas Gaynor has only recently finished his studies at the Eastman School of Music but he is has already in high demand nationally and internationally as a concert organist. On Friday February 10th at 8pm he will perform one of the great works of the organ repertoire, J. S. Bach’s … Continue reading “Pyrotechnics at the King of Instruments”
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”
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”
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”
Charles Burney’s Music Tour. Barnes Hall, 8pm. Dr. Charles Burney was one of the first great music historians. On his musical tours across Europe in the 1770s he met many of the most famous musical personages of his time; he was especially interested in old music, and in the organ; he also loved duets, and … Continue reading “Evening Recital: Duelling Keyboards, with Annette Richards and David Yearsley”
Part I: Graduate student Matthew Hall: Home-made Clavichords, Grandma’s cookies, and the Cornell Baroque Organ This Friday evening, February 5th, two of Cornell’s advanced organ students, Matthew Hall and Jonathan Schakel, will give a clavichord recital in the salon-style environment of the A. D. White house. They’ll be playing music by Johann Sebastian and Carl … Continue reading “Who are Cornell’s organ students? (Part 1 of 2)”
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”
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”
17th-century music from England, Italy and Germany. 12:30 PM Anabel Taylor Chapel
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)”
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”
“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)”
“Paris in the 1690s and 1930s,” music by Nicolas de Grigny, Jehan Alain, and Maurice Durufl. Friday, 8 PM, Sage Chapel
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”
Saturday, July 2, 7:30-9:30 pm. Full Event Details
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”
Midday Music for Organ : Oct 16 12:30 pm Cornell organists Annette Richards and David Yearsley present organ duets and transcriptions, including music by Mozart, Schumann, and Rossini’s Overture to William Tell on the Aeolian Skinner organ in Sage Chapel.
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”
The Spring 2013 organ concert series begins this week with the first Midday Music for Organ recital on Wednesday January 30th at 12:30pm. University Organist Annette Richards presents a program of music that might have been heard at the court of Frederick the Great in Berlin, c. 1755, with works by Dieterich Buxtehude, C. P. … Continue reading “Spring 2013 Organ Recital Series Begins”
The Art of Improvisation in the mid 17th century.
Professor of organ at the Hochschule fur Kunste in Bremen (Germany), Edoardo Bellotti is in the U.S. this fall as a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music. He will present a recital at Cornell on the new baroque organ in Anabel Taylor Chapel on Friday, November 16, at 8:00 PM. “Echoes of Italy” … Continue reading ““Echoes of Italy” Features Works by Baroque Superstars”
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”
American Baroque in the 21st Century: Old Meets New at the King of Instruments 3:30 p.m. Begins at Anabel Taylor Chapel and ends in Sage Chapel – “Variations on America”: organists Annette Richards and David Yearsley open the forum with words and music, performing works by George Frideric Handel, Samuel Sebastian Wesley, Ned Rorem, and … Continue reading “American Baroque in the 21st Century: Old Meets New at the King of Instruments”
8:00 pm: Guest artist Jean Ferrard presents “Organ music in the Spanish Netherlands,” featuring works by Abraham van den Kerckhoven, John Bull, Peeter Cornet, Lambert Chaumont, and Carolus Luython.
On April 3, Anabel Taylor Chapel will be the site of a unique performance event: renowned organist Hans Davidsson will perform on Cornell’s new baroque organ while three professional dancers–two of them his sons–interpret the music. Davidsson will perform works by Georg B’hm (1661-1733) from the balcony, while Gabriel and Jonathan Davidsson and Stayce Camparo … Continue reading “Organ + Dance: It’s All in the Family”
Guest Hans Davidsson (Eastman School of Music) will present “Organic Dance,” celebrating the four seasons, with performances by professional dancers Gabriel and Jonathan Davidsson.
If you missed last March’s festival to inaugurate Cornell’s new baroque organ in Anabel Taylor Hall, you have another chance to hear some of the fabulous performances, on the radio. American Public Media’s program “Pipedreams” is featuring Cornell’s baroque organ on this coming Sunday’s “Old Is New” program. Featured organists include Harald Vogel, Jacques van … Continue reading “Cornell’s Baroque Organ Featured on ‘Pipedreams’”