21 January 2020

A modest announcement of conceivable interest

Friends and correspondents, 

Some of you may know that I've tried to play some or all of Bach's monumental keyboard Partita in E minor BWV 830 before in various settings and fragments, but anyway I'm giving it another go at the Community Music Workshop  next Tuesday, Jan. 28 at noon  at the Portland Community Music Center,at 3550 SE Francis, between Powell and Holgate. [If you're receiving this and don't live in Portland, it's just for information, of cours]. 

I will be playing a simulated harpsichord using a Roland C30 (electronic harpsichord) as either the controller for a software model or using the onboard Flemish harpsichord sample set. (Technicalities; will depend on acoustics and logistics). If anyone is interested in attending, they are of course welcome, and anyway even better will be the really fine pianist who comes after me on the program, Kristy Moore, who will play (I'm sure beautifully) the haunting and mysterious Première Communion de la Vierge  from Vingt Regards sur l'enfant-Jésus by Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992). 

I always say the CMW is a workshop, not a professional level performance, which is certainly true for me and some others, but some, including Kristy, are really fine musicians and you will be in for a real treat. There is no admission charge but contributions to the Community Music Center, which has the usual 21st century budgetary problems and constraints, are welcomed and encouraged. The organizer for  the CMW is Judy Seubert, who deserves our enormous gratitude for making this happen every month. 

You should feel free to ask questions after the music; people rarely do but it always livens things up when someone does. 

The pianist starting out the program asked me not to publicize her appearance one other time, so I refrain this time, too, and that's the only reason. It's in the program. 

Thanks to anyone planning to come. Draft program, subject to change, attached. 

David Studhalter 


All we are is the result of what we have thought, it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts.   --Dhammapada


18 January 2020

stolen from a friend's facebook post

"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. "

(Stolen from a friend's Facebook post. Just love this picture).