December 2015

William Benjamin Hutto, III, 67, musician, composer, and teacher, died September 29 in Washington, D.C. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, on October 4, 1947, Hutto graduated in 1968 from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, with…
Autobiography of a clavichord: As told to Larry Palmer I am known as “Number Nine”—a moniker bestowed on me because of my position in the handwritten logbook of instruments built by dedicated craftsmen of the Chickering Piano Company. This…
Velocity I This month and next I am writing about the quest to play fast: fast enough, faster than before, faster than the next person, fast and secure, fast and yet clear. This important thread runs through all aspects of learning to play…
Meeting the future This weekend, Wendy and I drove to Massachusetts to visit our new grandson. Samuel John Vichiett-Bishop was born last Thursday (October 22) at 3:45 p.m., weighing 3.45 kilograms (7.61 pounds), the second son of my second…
Dutch composer Ad Wammes (b. 1953) achieved international notoriety in the organist community through the publication of Miroir in 1989. Miroir has been performed and recorded by many American and European concert organists, including…
The year 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Pierre Kunc (1865–1941), possibly one of the most award-winning organist/composers in France’s musical history. Yet, despite his regional renown, as evidenced by numerous…
Mander Organs,  London, England The Flavour Conductor Mander Organs has recently completed a most unusual commission, an organ to promote a premium-brand whisky. Research into the perception of taste and how it can be influenced by other…
Bigelow & Co. Organ Builders, American Fork, Utah First United Methodist Church, Salt Lake City, Utah   From the builder Bigelow & Co. specializes in mechanical action instruments that are both historically informed and innovative…