“Musical Dialogues” 2011 (the March 27 concert has been rescheduled
for April 7, at 6 p.m.)
In two special events, organist and Bach-expert Larry Molinaro will present Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (WTC), Book I, in its entirety. In two related lecture-with-recitals, Mr. Molinaro will explore the musical “dialogue” between J.S. Bach and other composers about the idea of musical temperament, style and pedagogy.
Program I – Sunday, March 20, 3 p.m.:
Presents Bach’s organization of the WTC as a “method” book for instruction in musical composition and practice. It will also examine how Bach, as musical theorist, structured the WTC as a device for presenting the shift in tuning systems (temperament) and the resulting implication for musical composition. In addition to the performance of the WTC, Mr. Molinaro will demonstrate related works by Bull, Mattheson, Kuhnau, Niedt and Fischer.
Program II – Thursday, April 7, 6 p.m.
Explores some of the ways that the WTC influenced later composers. The recital will include, in addition to the balance of the WTC, selections from Hans Gál’s Preludes, Op. 83. As part of the accompanying lecture, Mr. Molinaro will demonstrate how later composers, such as Beethoven, Chopin, Shostakovich and Hindemith, created “parodies” of the WTC or paid homage to the collection in their specific works.