April 2017

Nunc Dimittis Alexander Shaw Mitchell, Jr., 76, of Danville, Virginia, died December 4 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Born January 8, 1940, in Shelter Island, New York, he began piano study at the age of four with his grandmothers, both…
Where next? So, you have mastered Couperin’s eight preludes from L’Art de toucher le clavecin. What harpsichord repertoire should follow these basic pieces? To my ears Domenico Scarlatti was the ultimate artist/composer when it came to…
Swing, style, and stops The Museum of Science in Boston is a venerable institution housed in an imposing building at the head of the Charles River Lagoon. It spans the river between Boston and Cambridge and is easily recognizable from…
Clavichord II Last month’s column ended with a description of the fretted clavichord, a clavichord in which for at least part of the compass some adjacent pitches are grouped onto the same strings as one another. This practice has some…
Organbuilder Kevin Christopher Marrin was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1949, the sixth of seven children. His family called him “Casey,” an Irish nickname drawn from his initials. He also incorporated his initials into his business…
Since its inception in 2002, the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI) has transformed the musical landscape of Rochester, New York, and its surrounding community by assembling an extraordinary collection of new and historic organs.…
Editor’s note: Part I of this article was published in the March issue of The Diapason, pages 20–22..   Organ concerts There were, I learned, only two concert organists in Buenos Aires (and probably in the whole country), who, once a year…
Berghaus Pipe Organ Builders,Bellwood, Illinois, was established as Berghaus Organ Company in 1967 in Melrose Park, Illinois.     Cover photos, top: La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, Scottsdale, Arizona (2008); middle: O’Fallon United…