By Stephen Spinelli. Much of my 2018-19 academic year was spent preparing for a residency at the Museum of African American History on Nantucket Island with the Cornell Chamber Singers. Nantucket’s Quaker roots brought about an early abolitionist culture, drawing Frederick Douglass to the island in 1841 for his first
Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards fosters original and imaginative approaches to the performance and study of keyboard instruments, their technological underpinnings, their intersections with other arts, and their participation in the global currents of cultural and social history.
Beethoven and Pianos
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MIDDAY MUSIC FOR ORGAN
A DECADE OF JULIUS EASTMAN
Developing a Contemporary Performance Practice
DMA candidate Richard Valitutto documents his ongoing work into the music, performance practice, and personality of Julius Eastman.
The newest addition to our instrument collection is an 1857 J. B. Streicher Opus 5294—with Viennese action—generously gifted by Alan Bostrom, a retired statistician and an accomplished amateur musician. The piano was restored by the musicologist and restorer Edward Swenson (PhD Cornell ’74), in nearby Trumansburg between 1998-99, who found
The recital goes live at 8pm here: https://youtu.be/ibcNzHB0tao. Scroll down this post for program and notes.
Xak Bjerken reencounters the first piece of “new” music he ever played—Ulysses Kay’s Four Inventions—and, after seeking the manuscript in the libraries of Columbia University, finds four more unpublished ones. Hear his performance of them all and conversation with Kay’s daughter Virginia here.
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