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Wittenberg Professor Emeritus Of Music To Perform Organ and Harpsichord Recital

January 16, 2011  
 Filed in Arts and Culture, Community, Events

Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University Professor Emeritus of Music Trudy Faber presents an organ and harpsichord recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, in historic Weaver Chapel. The recital, the first in a series honoring the Early Music America’s 25th anniversary, will last about an hour and is free and open to the public.

The opening piece, described as a flamboyant “Toccata” by Buxtehude, who was an important influence on Johann Sebastian Bach. In addition, Faber will play an intricate chorale prelude by Franz Tunder, Buxtehude’s predecessor in Lubeck. (Faber notes that Buxtehude had to marry Tunder’s daughter to get the job.)

Faber performs Renaissance and Baroque pieces and music by Spanish Renaissance composer Cabezon and Dutch Renaissance/Early Baroque, including “Variations on Psalm 116” (“Love the Lord, for He has heard my Cry”) by composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck.

In celebration of Early Music America, Faber will play a trio of pieces by early American organ composers, including “Trumpet Voluntary” by Fancis Linley, “Voluntary” by Thomas Loud and “Voluntary in A Major” by William Selby (Prelude and Fugue).

Harpsichord selections will include variations on “Lover, Go and Calm Thy Sighs” by Elisabetta de Gambarini, John Bull’s “A Gigge: Doctor Bulls My Selfe” and “Chaconne” from a Suite by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre.

Selections by Bach include the Chorale Prelude to “Nun Freut euch lieben Christen G’mein” (“Rejoice, Beloved Christians“) and “Adagio” from Toccato, Adagio, and Fugue.

The recital will conclude with “Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor” by Bach, whose death in 1750 marked the end of the Baroque era.

Additional performances celebrating Early Music America will appear on the Spring 2011 Department of Music calendar. All are free and open to the public.

Written By: Phyllis Eberts
Photo By: Robert Gantt

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