“If Only I Could Kiss It and Make It Better”

“If Only I Could Kiss It and Make It Better” W. Zeitler “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” Improvisation Once upon a time a close friend confided in me about being the victim of violence years prior, and how it still profoundly haunted her. The story left me speechless. Later, I thought about how when we are children and…

Scarlatti vs. Handel

Sonata in D, K96 Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) Handel (1685-1759) in his 20’s traveled to Italy to further his musical education. When he arrived in Rome, Cardinal Ottoboni arranged a keyboard competition between Handel and Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757). Scarlatti recognized his rival’s superior ability on the organ, while listeners were divided on the outcome of the…

Bach & Bannister

Prelude & Fugue in G (BWV 550)    J.S.Bach (1685-1750) [BIG ORGAN] "Of the Father's Love Begotten" Improvisation One of the unique features of the organ is a keyboard played by the feet to supply the bass. The pipe organ goes back to Roman days (in a primitive form) but a keyboard for the feet…