Jedi Fugue Tricks

Prelude & Fugue in Gm, Well Tempered Keyboard II    J.S.Bach (1685-1750) “When In Our Music God is Glorified” Improvisation In keeping with the theme that sometimes ’less is more than enough’ I thought I would also devote this Sunday and next to selections from the Well Tempered Keyboard – a landmark collection of pieces…

Less can be more

Prelude & Fugue in C, Well-Tempered Keyboard Vol. 2 J.S. Bach (1685-1750) "All Who Love and Serve Your City" Improvisation This morning’s prelude is from Bach’s Well Tempered Keyboard – an encyclopedic demonstration of playing and compositional techniques of his day. It’s also encyclopedic in that it consists of a Prelude and Fugue in each of…

Isaac Watts

Toccata in F     D. Buxtehude (1638-1707) “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” Improvisation Isaac Watts (1674–1748) was an English logician, Christian theologian, and the author of some 750 hymn texts, including “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”. Watts was brought up in the home of a committed religious Nonconformist; his father, also Isaac Watts,…

The Virtues of Unreasonableness

Prelude & Fugue in C, Well-Tempered Keyboard II       J.S.Bach (1685-1750) "In Christ There Is No East or West" Improvisation In today’s Gospel lesson we have the story from Mark 7 of the Canaanite woman who came to Jesus for healing for her daughter. Jesus replies (paraphrasing) "I was only sent to the house…

Harmonious Blacksmith

"Harmonious Blacksmith" G. Handel (1685–1759) [PIANO] Chorale Prelude on "Come, Labor On" Improvisation The "Harmonious Blacksmith" is the popular name of the final movement of Handel's harpsichord suite No. 5. Handel didn't give it this name — the nickname doesn't appear until the early 19th century when the movement became popular on its own. The…

Handel Organ Concertos

Andante from Organ Concerto Op.4 No. 4   G.F.Handel (1685-1759) [ORGAN] "Fairest Lord Jesus" Improvisation Handel is most famous for his oratorio Messiah (not "THE Messiah", just "Messiah", by the way) — only one of 29 he composed (not counting 42 operas, etc. etc.). Not content with regaling his audience with 3 hour oratorios, he also…