Rinse and Repeat

Chaconne W. Zeitler  [ORGAN] "Now the Green Blade Riseth" Improvisation The 'chaconne' (sha-KONE) is a musical form consisting of a repeating bass pattern, or alternatively a repeating chord sequence, with variations carrying on all the while. Some scholars have argued that a 'chaconne' is a repeating chord sequence while a 'passacaglia' has a repeating bass…

Louis-Claude Daquin

"The Cuckoo"  Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772) [HARPSICHORD] "If Thou But Suffer God To Guide Thee" Improvisation Louis-Claude Daquin was born in Paris to a reasonably well-connected family. On his mother’s side he was related to Rabelais, on his father’s to the Rabbi of Avignon (who had converted to Christianity before he died in 1650). His great…

Washington Gladden

Sonata in D (K.96)      D. Scarlatti (1685-1757) O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee Improvisation Washington Gladden (1836-1918) — so named because his great-grandfather served as George Washington's bodyguard during the Revolutionary War — was a Congregational pastor. He served in New York, Massachusetts, and Ohio during the post-Civil War industrial era when racial…