Brahms & Children

Intermezzo, Op.118, No.2 “Andante Teneramente” J. Brahms (1833–1897) [PIANO] “The Church’s One Foundation” Improvisation Brahms knew and was well known to all the children of the neighborhood, and when starting on his long walks would fill his pockets with candies, and amuse himself with the eagerness of the children, who knew his ways and would run…

A Friend in Need

Rhosymedre R. Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) [Organ] Concerto in G, Adagio W. Mozart (1756-1791) [Anthem] Susan Addington — Flute “Spirit of the Living God” Improvisation Michael Haydn (1737–1806), younger brother of the more famous Joseph Haydn, had been ordered by the Archbishop to compose some duets for violin and tenor, perhaps for his special use. Haydn,…

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Ricercar W. Zeitler “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” Improvisation Robert Robinson (1735-1790) had a rough beginning. His father died when he was aged five, but his maternal grandfather, Robert Wilkin, a wealthy gentleman of Mildenhall, who had never reconciled himself to his daughter’s lowly marriage, disinherited his grandson with an inheritance amounting to couch…

My Country ‘Tis of Thee

Theme & Variations on “My Country ’Tis of Thee”   L. Beethoven (1770-1827) In Beethoven’s day a popular musical form was “Theme and Variations”. The template was to take a popular tune of the day — the ‘theme’ — which the composer states rather simply, and follow it with ‘variations’ which displayed the composer’s imaginative…