Cabezón, Bernard Schmid the Elder and good old Bach


Today is Mardi Gras.

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Trying to take time off before Ash Wednesday and Lent begins. Actually I am working on a pattern where I have some significant time away from the church grounds each week. I have scheduled a couple of Bach pieces for tomorrow night’s Ash Wednesday service.  Alle Menschen müssen sterben (All people must die) BWV 643 and Praeludium in C BWV 545. I know both pieces pretty well but the Praeludium has some moving pedal parts that I want to nail. So in the afternoon yesterday I traipsed over to church. Before practicing I decided on a prelude and postlude for this Sunday.

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Here’s a couple cool versions of the prelude:

I looked up some interpretations online since I haven’t played that much Spanish baroque/medieval music. The first interp comes from a group directed by my hero, Jordi Saval. I was so happy to see that he had recorded this. The second seems to be a recording of a historical instrument in a Barcelona museum. I like both recordings quite a bit.

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The second piece is a Passomezzo and Saltarello from the Tabualtur Buch of Bernhard Schmid the Elder. Here’s a nice recording I found online.

Both pieces come from a 1942 collection called Spielbuch für Kleinorgel oder andere tasteninstrumente edited by WolfGang Auler volume I which I believe I purchased used from Craig Cramer.

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Lovely stuff. Schools are closed in Holland and the surrounding area today due to weather. I’ll probably give in again and go practice Bach later. Yesterday I spent three hours on the bench mostly reading through pieces of Bach many of which I have performed. I love the trios and preludes and fugues, but most of the ones I like take a lot of prep time, something I am keeping an eye on so that I don’t spend too much time doing my job. But it is fun to sit and play carefully through old Bach trios and Preludes and Fugues.

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Also, I am composing and that is taking energy. I think I will manage to get my piece done in time. It is a collection of dances. I deliberately chose something that if I don’t quite get done for the deadline I can submit what I have and finish it at my leisure.

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Dawn agreed on Sunday to learn the G major Bach Cello suite first movement. I worked on the D Minor prelude and fugue of Bach yesterday and plan to schedule it at the May recital. I am still pondering the rest of the recitals I have scheduled for May and June. I want them to be rewarding and fun for everybody involved. I think I can pull that off.

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I’m back into my dermatologist to have a significantly less lethal spot removed from my back next Thursday. I had a call today from the pathology nurse and we scheduled this appointment. It’s a basal cancer which is more routine than a melanoma.

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One of the nice things about the pieces I have chosen for this Sunday is that I can effectively  rehearse them on the piano and don’t have to go into church to practice them.

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