March 2017

Nunc Dimittis David Spicer died January 18 in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Since 1986, he was minister of music and arts for the First Church of Christ, Wethersfield, Connecticut. He was also adjunct professor of music for Tunxis Community…
  Lessons from Couperin It was not until my first academic sabbatical semester in the late 1970s that I took the time to learn all eight of the preludes published in the remarkable method, L’Art de toucher le Clavecin (1716–1717) by…
It’s all about the tools. Last December, I spent several weeks driving around the Boston area tuning organs. In the Boston suburbs, I-95 is an unavoidable, perpetual traffic jam.1 It was opened in 1951 as the first circumferential highway…
Clavichord When I wrote several columns about tuning and temperament beginning in July 2009, I introduced the series with the following:   Most organists do not have to do any tuning as such, or at least can do without tuning if they…
Editor’s note: This feature is presented this month as Norberto Guinaldo celebrates his 80th birthday. It will be continued next month.   Ah! The United States! Country without equal in the world. Its citizens, inheritors of a legacy hard…
Experts in the field of intercultural musicology have propounded various definitions of interculturalism. Akin Euba describes music in which elements from two or more cultures interact as intercultural music,1 as when materials from…
Austin Organ Company,  Hartford, Connecticut  Opus 1215 St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Hanover, Pennsylvania The St. Matthew Lutheran congregation was organized on April 14, 1743. The present granite church building was completed in 1924 and…