Henry Francis Lyte

"La fille aux cheveux de lin" (The girl with the flaxen hair)    C. Debussy (1682-1918) "Abide With Me" Improvisation Henry Francis Lyte (1793–1847), vicar in the fishing village of Lower Brixham, Devonshire, England, ministered faithfully to his sea-faring people for twenty-three years. Though of modest means, he and his wife Anne lived in an elegant…

Claudio Merulo

Echo for Trompette              Claudio Merulo (1533–1604) [ORGAN] "Be Thou My Vision" Extemporization Claudio Merulo was an Italian composer, publisher and organist of the late Renaissance period, most famous for his innovative keyboard and ensemble music. He was born Claudio Merlotti and Latinised his name (meaning ‘little blackbird’) when he…

Temperament

Prelude & Fugue in Bm, Book 1 Well Tempered Keyboard   J.S.Bach (1685-1750) "How Firm a Foundation" Improvisation This week is the last of my three selections from Bach’s Well-Tempered Keyboard (and for the next three weeks we’ll have ‘easy listening’ preludes to clear the palette!), exploring the theme that ‘less can be more than enough.’…